Organic Policy & Advocacy

Since its inception in 1985, NOFA NJ has shaped organic farming and food systems in New Jersey and nationally through policy action, outreach, and advocacy. Through strategic partnerships and powerful coalitions, NOFA NJ’s policy work has led to the establishment of the New Jersey Organic Certification program along with many other notable accomplishments throughout food and agriculture.

Our recent Policy actions include:

  • NOFA-Wide Collaboration on National Policies through NOFA Interstate Council
  • Advocating for groundbreaking NJ Neonicotinoid Legislation
  • Healthy Soils Resolution – 3rd Year submitting to enact state funding for soil health initiatives
  • Providing input as internal stakeholder on bills important to NOFA NJ and our farming community
  • Supporting legislation in NJ and US that protects farmers and defends the health of environment
  • Cooperating with fellow organizations seeking to protect farmland and the environment
  • Providing advocacy, guidance, and assistance to NJ farmers seeking representation
  • Serving as a Representative delegate within state, county and national agricultural meetings and conventions
  • Forming relationships to provide guidance, input and feedback to NJ senators and representatives

NOFA NJ Policy – Focus Areas

Soil Health

NOFA NJ has submitted three consecutive resolutions to enact funding for soil health initiatives (see also NOFA NJ Soil Heath Sub-Committee):

SOIL HEALTH RESOLUTION 2022-NOFA NJ

SOIL HEALTH RESOLUTION 2021-NOFA NJ

SOIL HEALTH RESOLUTION 2020 – NOFA NJ

NOFA NJ Healthy Soil Sub-Committee

Community Food Security

NOFA NJ supports partner organizations and NJ farmers to promote Community Food Security and increase healthy food access for all residents throughout the state

Farmer Representation

NOFA NJ strives to represent the needs and challenges facing organic and regenerative farmers throughout the state. Attendance and participation in county, state, and national agricultural and food system meetings and conventions provides our farming community a seat at the table.

 

Environmental Protection

Organic and regenerative agriculture serves as a model for environmental protection and restoration. In choosing to farm organically, farmers commit to improving the health of their soils, watersheds, wildlife, and community. 

NOFA NJ advocates for and supports initiatives aimed at furthering conservation, environmental protection, and increasing the amount of organically-managed land in New Jersey.

Legislative Engagement

NOFA NJ works to cultivate lasting partnerships with State and National legislators, government staff, and stakeholders year-round. Presence and participation in the legislative process raises awareness of issues affecting our farmers and food system and supports the passing of legislation and regulations that is beneficial to the organic farming community. 

Have a question about NJ Farm Policy? Contact us!

Cali Alexander, Policy Committee Chair: goatwell1@gmail.com

 

 

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