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

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...

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...

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...

Vermont Compost Available!

As part of the 2022 NOFA NJ Bulk Order Program, we ordered a full truckload of Vermont Compost. Many bags are still available, and current NOFA NJ Members (and partner non-profits) can receive 16% off their purchase. Product information can be found HERE. Please see...

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...

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 Weekly Email: May 16, 2022

NOFA NJ News & Events 5/24, NOFA NJ Taco Tuesday (7-10 PM) (Yard Tacos in High Bridge): Kick off the season with NOFA NJ for a taco Tuesday to remember! FREE to NOFAMEMBERS, Chefs and Farmers. (Not a member? You can become a member online or at the door) This is a...

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: May 9, 2022

NOFA NJ News & Events 5/09: Member Perk! This week, NOFA NJ Members can expect to find a fun gift in their inbox: a one-month free subscription to The Peasant Wife, NJ's independent news source for all things culinary. Andy Clurfield has been reporting on food and...

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: May 2, 2022

NOFA NJ News & Events 5/11, NOFA NJ Farm Tour: Mike's Blueberries (5-7PM): Join NOFA NJand Mike Price for a tour of Mike’s Blueberries, a Certified Organic blueberry farm in Pemberton, NJ. Mike grows and tends to ten acres of organic blueberries and sells direct...

April Monthly Report

NOFA NJ is working hard to support organic farming and food systems throughout New Jersey. Be sure to read our Monthly Report to keep up-to-date on our work, our partners, and our impact.  Happy May. The days are growing longer and, though the threat of frost still...

NOFA NJ Weekly Email: April 25, 2022

NOFA NJ News & Events 4/27: NOFA NJ Monthly Organic Open House (Virtual) (8:30AM) Join NOFA NJ Staff and Board as we introduce our 2022 JourneyPerson Cohort. Our JourneyPerson Program links beginning farmers with seasoned farmer mentors to help ensure their...

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. 

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....

NRCS Announces ACEP Signup for 2021 Funding

SOMERSET, N.J., January 5, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Applications that meet eligibility and ranking criteria for...

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!

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. 

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...