Beginning Farmer Scholarships available for Business of Farming Workshop with Richard Wiswall
Richard Wiswall will be teaching this full day, intensive workshop on the business of farming on November 8th! This workshop will include the sessions: Farming Smarter, Not Harder: Planning for Profit, Farmer Friendly Budgets Made Simple, The Efficient Farm Office, and more. Special tips will be discussed specifically for beginning farmers, but seasoned farmers will also have lots to learn. Limited number of scholarships are available for beginning farmers. Apply today! The scholarship period closes August 15th. More info here
Pest and Disease ID workshop - NEW DATE!
Need to brush up on your pest, disease, and beneficial insect identification skills? Or maybe you're a beginning farmer or apprentice and still have lots to learn! Don't miss out on our field walk with IPM specialist Joseph Ingerson-Mahar at Asbury Village Farm. A representative from the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team will also be present to unveil their new smartphone app! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This workshop will now be on August 4th from 3 PM to 5PM More info here
Pest Exclusion Fencing Webinar Announced!
Interested in learning about how to keep pesky animals at bay? Join NOFA-NJ and fencing specialist Len Pollara as he gives a webinar presentation on pest exclusion fencing on Tuesday, September 23rd. Registration is now open, but act quickly as there are a limited number of spots! More info here
Visit NJ's Farms!
NOFA-NJ’s new “Members Farm Tours” begin in June and will continue monthly through the early fall harvest season. Designed to showcase the diversity of food production on New Jersey’s organic and sustainable farms, these tours will provide participants with a unique “behind the scenes” opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with the farmer and hear first-hand about the farm operation and day-to-day practices. Each of these limited tours is an exclusive event for NOFA-NJ members and will offer a unique on-the-farm experience and an opportunity to get to know some very important people in our communities, our local farmers. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. More info here
Farmer - Landowner Networking Session
The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) and NOFA-NJ are holding a land leasing networking session on Thursday, July 24, at the Burlington County Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office (Westhampton, NJ). If you're interested in leasing your farmland, come and learn about resources that are available to guide the process and elements that you should consider before crafting a lease. If you're looking for land to lease, share your questions and concerns and network with landowners in the Garden State. More info here
2014-15 Farm & Food Guide
Pick up a copy of the NOFA-NJ 2014-15 Farm & Food Guide at your local farm stand, farmers' market, Whole Earth Center or favorite health food store. The Guide will be distributed state-wide this summer and is our comprehensive membership directory. It provides a useful tool to help consumers find organic and sustainably-produced food throughout the Garden State. This year's Guide features many interesting articles on topics ranging from Understanding Organic Food Labels to Biodiversity in Sustainable Agriculture. If you would like to receive extra copies of the Farm & Food Guide to distribute to your customers please call us at (908) 371-1111.
Harvest Dinner - Save the Date!
Join us on October 5, 2014 to celebrate the season with local food, wines, beer, desserts, drinks from the great Garden State! We are putting together a wonderful event, held in the historic Duke Farms Coach Barn, this fall and can't wait to see you there! Tickets will go on sale this July! More info here