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 agriculture in the Garden State for 45 years, and, with The Peasant Wife, is showing her love of and commitment to New Jersey’s farmers, farms and food artisans, chefs, restaurants, and markets. Many NOFA NJ farms are being profiled and promoted, and in this case, supporting local journalism is supporting local food! Members, keep an eye out for the subscription email from Andy along with more great membership benefits to come. Non-members, join us today and support healthy food and farms in the Garden State!

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 to customer and via wholesale outlets during the season. Michael’s farm is located in the very town the high bush blueberry was cultivated from the wild, by Elizabeth White. Register Here

5/11, Quarterly Book Club (Virtual) (8PM): 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. Registrants receive a discount code to use towards purchase of texts. Register Here

5/12, MarketLink Webinar (Virtual) (7-8PM): Join NOFA NJ and Whitney Butler of MarketLink. MarketLink is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) that assists farmers and markets with accepting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and electronic payments. Join us to explore MarketLink’s programs and services, and find out how they can help your farm or farmers market serve the community and increase sales. Register Here

5/24, Taco Tuesday! (7-10PM): Kick off the season with NOFA NJ and Yard Tacos in High Bridge for a taco Tuesday to remember! This event is FREE to NOFA MEMBERS, Chefs and Farmers. Bring your open minds, your good vibes and your dancing shoes! We plan to re invigorate our community with passion for food, farming and friendship as we unveil our monthly food event series along with other NOFA NJ news.

Non-members can register at the door at a discounted rate for just $20. This is a BYOB event; you can purchase packaged goods next door to the event at a discounted price. If you have some local ingredients to help the cause, let us know what you will bring to Chef Andrew Mercado, or, if you are able, bring it to him ahead of time.

Community News

5/19: Southern NJ Nutrition Security Learning Collaborative is hosting a webinar and panel discussion focused on models for healthy food choices and nutrition education at food pantries. Participating pantries are eligible for an organizational stipend of $100. View the Flyer Here

5/20-22: Restoration Agriculture is hosting a 3-day Workshop in Bethel, NY. Join NOFA NJ favorite Johann Rinkens and best-selling author Mark Shepherd to immerse in the principles and practice of growing food – guided and supported by the vast intelligence of nature – where human thriving also supports and nourishes Earth and our fellow beings. In addition to classroom learning, you will also have the opportunity to witness a Restoration Agriculture system being implemented, right on the land where the workshop is taking place. This includes a tour and discussion (of the why and how) of a swale/berm system that was put in place last Fall, and (weather permitting) a live demo of planting the tree and shrub layers of a polyculture food forest. View the Flyer for more information

Agripower is currently looking for eligible farmers to take part in a discounted on-farm demonstration sponsored by the USDA NRCS. This trial is for AgriPower Portable PV. Agripower uses established solar technology and state incentives with a new flexible, user-friendly approach created specifically to benefit farmers. View the Flyer for more information

Bucks County Foodshed Alliance Summer Farm Tours have been announced! Know your farmer, know your food, and check out our friends across the Delaware as they visit Gravity Hill Farm (June 1), Myerov Farm (July 6), and Barefoot Botanicals (August 3). Visit BCFA’s website for more information

Now Hiring!
Greater Newark Conservancy seeking a Farmstand Coordinator The Farmstand Coordinator is a dynamic role that executes every aspect of the farm stand operation, from harvesting fresh produce at the 3-acre Hawthorne Avenue Farm and/or hydroponic greenhouse to tabling in-person farm stands and interacting positively with customers to collaborating with partner organizations to donate surplus produce. Head to the their website to learn more
Author: Devin