NOFA NJ News & Events

Start Reading!: Grab a copy of Essential Rainwater Harvesting by Michelle & Rob Avis, NOFA NJ’s next featured text in our Quarterly Book Club. Essential Rainwater Harvesting is a comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems for the warm and cold climates of the world.

Presenting design considerations and approaches for the most common household rainwater supply scenarios, this step-by-step approach covers planning for full-property water security, guidance on navigating regulatory requirements, templates for building your own spreadsheet-based calculation tool, materials and component design and selection, system maintenance and upkeep, and more.

4/24: ACUA Earth Festival (10-4PM) Catch NOFA NJ at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority 30th Annual Earth Day Festival in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Come enjoy lots of free, fun and educational activities, exciting events and entertainment throughout the day, and more than 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors and exhibitors! Learn More Here

4/27: NOFA NJ Monthly Organic Open House (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 success and share their  stories with the NOFA NJ community. Register Here

4/30: NOFA NJ Farm Tour: Rancocas Creek Farm (1-4PM) Join NOFA NJ and Farm Manager Jeff Tober in a tour and presentation of Rancocas Creek Farm in Southampton, NJ. RCF is a 70+ acre chemical-free farm launched by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in 2020 with the goals of managing stormwater, promoting environmental stewardship, growing healthy produce and building community. Throughout the tour, Jeff will share the ins and outs of building a farm within a larger non-profit organization, managing erosion and stormwater through permanent covers and targeted plantings, and more. Register Here

NOFA NJ Bulk Compost: As part of NOFA NJ’s Bulk Order Program, Vermont Compost is still available to purchase by the bag. NOFA NJ Members and non-profit partners receive a 16% discount on their order. Find more details on availability and ordering Here

Action Alert!

The Natural Farmer is seeking submissions for the Summer 2022 issue. Whether you’re a farmer, gardener, or activist, we want to hear from you! This issue’s theme is Animals on the Farm: Livestock & Wildlife. The submission deadline is May 1.

TNF is looking for all kinds of content, including: Technical articles, stories, or interviews; Opinion pieces on trending topics in agriculture; Book reviews; “Lessons from the Land” – nonfiction personal essays on the theme “That Night”; Photographs; Seasonal Recipes. Submissions length requirements vary depending on the content.

Submit today! If your writing is published in TNF, you will receive a free year subscription to the paper.

Community News

Rutgers University Cook’s Market is currently seeking Livestock farmers to participate in the 2022 season and beyond. Cook’s Market operates on Fridays from May-November 11AM-3PM during the main season and 11-1 during the winter. If interested, contact Market Manager Alex Sawatzky (Alex.s@rutgers.edu)

Xerces Society is now accepting Project Partner Interest Forms for their Monarch and Pollinator Habitat Kit Program (Northeast 2022). This year’s Habitat Kits are available for projects located anywhere in the state of New Jersey or within the city limits of Philadelphia, PA. Habitat kits can be used in a variety of places and landscapes (including community spaces, urban gardens, schools, parks, nature centers, and campuses) to create a habitat installation and maintenance plan to ensure long-term conservation benefits.

Rutgers University On-Farm Food Safety Team is seeking willing farmers to provide video testimonials regarding on-farm food safety practices. Each testimonial is 3 questions and should take approximately 30 minutes to record, and the team will travel to your farm to do so. For more information, contact mmonzon@njaes.rutgers.edu

Pony Power Therapies is seeking assistance via heavy machinery! If you have access to excavator equipment and are willing to help out an awesome organization, contact info@ponypowernj.org and visit their website to learn more.

Now Hiring!
Reed’s Organic Farm is seeking a Chef! Reed’s Organic Farm is a nonprofit regenerative farm and animal sanctuary located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The Chef will be responsible for sustaining a functioning commercial kitchen, from ordering supplies to pricing food products to collaborating with market management and farm operations as a whole unit to maintain the heartbeat and regulate output for the farm’s holistic vision. This position will be a full-time role and will adapt with seasons as well as demand. Click here for more info
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