Shaping the Organic Farming Movement in NJ
Since its inception in 1985, NOFA-NJ has shaped the organic growing movement in New Jersey and nationally through policy action, events, and outreach. In cooperation with many partners and coalitions in all arenas of the food and environmental realm, NOFA-NJ’s policy work has impacted development and implementation of national organic standards, development of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) approved materials list, and the formation of State of New Jersey’s organic certification program. In 2000, NOFA-NJ was awarded a delegate seat at New Jersey’s Annual Agricultural convention.
NOFA-NJ’S Policy Efforts work to encourage policies and regulations that support sustainable farms and farmers, specifically.
- Access to land opportunities for beginning and new farmers.
- Economic opportunities for organic farmers in the state.
- Support for the government entities that support organic growing practices, including the programs within the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NJ Department of Agriculture and Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Experiment Station.
- Oppose regulation that supports the use of synthetic chemicals, genetically modified organisms, and other agricultural practices that are detrimental to natural plant systems, degrade water quality or damage soil fertility in the region.
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...
“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...
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...