Dear NOFA-NJ Members,
I hope this finds you all enjoying the harvest season – sweet potatoes, toasted hazelnuts, winter squash, pumpkins, sweeter cool weather carrots, and yummy flavorful fall greens, not to mention the last of the tomato, pepper and eggplant crops and the paw paws, apples persimmons, and figs! I love the cooler weather, turning leaves, gentle fall light, and peaceful rains. And of course, I am most grateful for our farmers who continue to farm and sell organic food into the winter – Chickadee Creek, Blue Moon Acres, Rolling Hills, Martenette, Dogwood, Morganics, and Lima to name a few!
As we prepare for the holidays and cooler weather, I am reaching out to all of you to let you know that after 2 1/2 years, I have come to the difficult decision that after NOFA-NJ’s 32nd Annual Winter Conference at the end of January, I will be leaving the position of NOFA-NJ’s Executive Director. I will still be helping out with grants and special projects with partners, but It’s time to refocus most of my time so I can take care of our family organic farm! Why am I letting you know so early? I want to share the good news that for a certain lucky somebody who wants to become the new Executive Director of NOFA-NJ, it’s time to dust off the resume and apply! It’s a great role for someone who cares about Organic Farming in the Garden State.
Lots of great organic farms, farm markets, and local food businesses to support, new farmers to help mentor and nurture, and gardeners to support and encourage. Best of all, you will have the privilege of working with our small but mighty NOFA-NJ team and an amazing board. If you have any interest in the role, please check out the job posting on the site, or if you have questions, drop us an email so we can follow-up. I want to thank all of our business partners for your support and friendship, my life has been so much richer for knowing you and working with you, and as a life-long Jersey resident and volunteer, I want to continue to support that great work that you do. All the best, Nagisa