Since its inception in 1985, NOFA-NJ has shaped the organic and sustainable growing movement in New Jersey and nationally through policy action, events and outreach actions. In cooperation with many partners and coalitions in all arenas of the food and environmental realm, NOFA-NJ’s policy work has contributed to the national organic standards, initial establishment of the New Jersey organic certification program and the promotion and development of the best farming practices, soil health and soil health policy.
NOFA-NJ’s policy work efforts work to:
– Increase access to land opportunities for beginning and new farmers,
– Encourage policies and regulations that support and incentivize sustainable farms and farmers,
– Increase economic opportunities with technical training for sustainable farmers, inclusive of BIPOC farmers.
-Offer support for the government entities that support sustainable growing practices in urban and rural settings including programs within the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS), NJ Department of Agriculture(NJDA), NJ Farm Bureau, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Experiment Stations throughout the state.
– Encourage policies that support the growing body of evidence that organic farming practices can mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration farming methods.
We, at NOFA- NJ want to keep you informed as to the current national, state and local agricultural and social justice policy proposals currently occurring. We do not participate in any particular political party associations or actions.
Resources & Links
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...
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...
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...