NOFA NJ News

 

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Here you will find General News, Monthly Reports from NOFA NJ’s Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy Updates, our Grower & Gardener Blog, and In The Kitchen, our feed dedicated to sharing food news, recipes and more for NJ Consumers.

NOFA NJ News

The latest news and updates across all NOFA NJ categories

Remembering Dan Rovensky

Farmer Dan... where to even begin? Dan Rovensky leveled up from this world on Monday last week, leaving behind a vast and diverse community that spreads across the state, country, and probably beyond, leaving behind plenty of memories, stories, and laughs, leaving...

NOFA NJ Hosts Farm Bill Field Day

The Farm Bill is America's most impactful and important piece of legislation, affecting farming, food systems, food access, conservation, and much more. Being so large and complex, many only view the farm bill in a basic sense: Congress deliberates and agrees on...

NOFA NJ Mid-Season Update

Check out what NOFA NJ has been up to in the first half of 2022!: 2022 Mid-Season Update

NSAC/Delaware River Watershed Grant Project

In 2021 and 2022, NOFA NJ has been participating in a grant project with NSAC (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) funded by the William Penn Foundation. The goal of the grant is to: design an assessment process for evaluating: usage rates of core NRCS...

NJFB On-Farm Composting Workshop

On Tuesday, June 28, NOFA NJ attended an incredible workshop put on by New Jersey Farm Bureau and hosted by Chesterfield Organic Orchards as part of a grant from Northeast SARE. The workshop covered the basics of safely and efficiently composting manure, wood chips,...

NOFA NJ Monthly Report & Weekly Emails

NOFA NJ Staff, Board and Volunteers are busier than ever supporting growers, engaging consumers and advocating for a more just and secure food system. Stay up to date with this monthly report, submitted by the Executive Director.

NOFA NJ Mid-Season Update

Check out what NOFA NJ has been up to in the first half of 2022!: 2022 Mid-Season Update

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: June 27, 2022

Upcoming NOFA NJ Events: 6/29, NOFA NJ Monthly Organic Open House (8:30-9:30AM): NOFA-NJ’s Monthly Organic Open Houses are free events open to the public and are held on the last Wednesday of each month from 8:30AM – 9:30AM. The Open Houses are designed to offer an...

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: June 20, 2022

Upcoming NOFA NJ Events: 6/22, Summer Solstice at NorthSlope Farm (5-10PM): Join us to recognize the most significant power in our lives, the Sun and our physical relationship to it. The Solstice celebration will be hosted by NOFA NJ Board President Mike Rassweiler at...

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: June 13, 2022

Upcoming NOFA NJ Events: TONIGHT - 6/13, Underground Supper Club Potluck (7PM): Join NOFANJ for a community potluck at Foodshed Alliance's SAgE Farm. We'll be cooking over the fire, enjoying live music and connecting through food. Add a dish to the spreadsheet, bring...

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: June 6, 2022

Read NOFA NJ's Monthly Report (May) for an update on our May activity Upcoming NOFA NJ Events: 6/11, Poultry Processing Class (10AM-12:30PM): Join NOFA NJ & Hard Cider Homestead in a comprehensive class on poultry processing. Register Here 6/13, Underground Supper...

NOFA NJ Policy News

Led by a strong and active Policy Committee, NOFA NJ has engaged in policy & advocacy work since its inception in 1985. Representing farmers, supporting legislation, advocating for environmental protection, and collaborating with State & Regional change-makers are just a few of the many ways we work to protect our farms, environment, and food system. 

NOFA NJ Hosts Farm Bill Field Day

The Farm Bill is America's most impactful and important piece of legislation, affecting farming, food systems, food access, conservation, and much more. Being so large and complex, many only view the farm bill in a basic sense: Congress deliberates and agrees on...

NJDA Reinventing its Approach for Supporting Organic Agriculture in NJ

In January 2022, Certified Organic farmers throughout New Jersey received a letter from the NJ Department of Agriculture announcing that it would be "transitioning our service from inspection and certification to organic education, marketing and development which will...

NOFA NJ Celebrates Passage of Neonics Bill!

The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation A2070 (Calabrese)/S1016 (Smith) on Monday January 10,2022, to classify bee-killing neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, as restricted use pesticides. The law prohibits most outdoor non-agricultural uses of harmful...

USDA announces a new focus on Indigenous food and agriculture

Moorhead, Minn. November 16, 2021 12:45 p.m. The USDA Office of Tribal Relations announced this week that it will partner with several Native-led organizations on projects to raise awareness of Indigenous perspectives about food and agriculture. "The United States...

Booker, Braun, McGovern, and Walorski Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill That Would Convene a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health

From Senator Booker's office Booker, Braun, McGovern, and Walorski Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill That Would Convene a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Mike Braun (R-IN)...

A Fall Taste of the Policy Agenda – Organic Future and Governance Items

                NOFA POLICY COMMITTEE AGENDA  SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 Past action still under review; SADC Soil Disturbance on Preserved Farmland proposed rules- Cali attending SADC Meeting and will report to the Committee.  Policy Committee has submitted letter to support...

NOFA NJ on the Penn East Pipeline

“We recognize and acknowledge, our Environmentally Focused colleagues – New Jersey Conservation Foundation, NJ Sierra, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Environment NJ, Clean Water Action, Sourland Conservancy, Berks Gas Truth, and Sunrise Hunterdon among others – in...

SADC ISSUES ALARM ABOUT LARGE SCALE SOLAR EXPANSION ON FARMLAND

During a meeting of the SADC (State Agricultural Development Committee) on Feb 25, 2021, the goals within the 2019 NJ Energy Master Plan- Pathway to 2050, https://www.nj.gov/emp/docs/pdf/2020_NJBPU_EMP.pdf were presented, which discussed large scale solar utility...

Brief update on BIPOC Farmer Assistance in the COVID Relief Package

The Senate is now debating the $1.9 billion covid relief package, which includes some BIPOC farmer assistance.  Those provisions are based on a bill the Booker, Warnock et al introduced recently.  Here’s a quick summary of the Ag and Nutrition provisions of the bill. ...

Booker Appointed to Senate Agriculture Committee

Washington, DC -- US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has been appointed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, one of the oldest Senate committees whose jurisdiction focuses on agriculture, nutrition, food, and hunger. In addition to Booker, Sen....

Grower & Gardener Blog

Keep your hands in the soil and your eyes on our Grower & Gardener Blog for news, how-to’s, tips and tricks for farmers and gardeners alike!

NJFB On-Farm Composting Workshop

On Tuesday, June 28, NOFA NJ attended an incredible workshop put on by New Jersey Farm Bureau and hosted by Chesterfield Organic Orchards as part of a grant from Northeast SARE. The workshop covered the basics of safely and efficiently composting manure, wood chips,...

Vermicomposting

As part of Delaware Township Elementary School's Earth Day Fair, NOFA NJ attended and shared simple Vermicomposting techniques to turn food waste into fertilizer for the farm and garden. Below are some additional links and resources to continue learning and dive...

In The Kitchen

What better way to support Organic and Local agriculture in NJ than through a delicious meal? This feed – chock-full of recipes, reviews, and local features –  is for the foodies, the gourmands, the professional chefs and the professional eaters alike. 

NJFB On-Farm Composting Workshop

On Tuesday, June 28, NOFA NJ attended an incredible workshop put on by New Jersey Farm Bureau and hosted by Chesterfield Organic Orchards as part of a grant from Northeast SARE. The workshop covered the basics of safely and efficiently composting manure, wood chips,...

NOFA NJ Dairy & Creamery Listing

June is Dairy Month! No matter your dietary preference, it's difficult to diminish the role that dairy products have played in American food culture. From the first doorstep delivery to recent Got Milk? campaigns, the U.S. has steadily consumed large amounts of dairy....

2022 NJ CSA Listing

With so many CSA farms in New Jersey, locavores can rejoice in the wide variety of options for year-round, farm-fresh goodness! There is still plenty of time to sign up for your 2022 CSA Share, ensuring you have access to local and organic foods to support your...