Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) is dedicated to supporting organic and sustainable food, farming, and gardening in New Jersey through education, technical assistance, and policy action.
Site Evaluation: Sizing up Your Farm's Potential
Join us in Woodstown, on March 14, for a workshop that will help new farmers and landowners perform site evaluations on their land. This workshop will provide information on the tools and methods for evaluating a property's suitability for certain production models. Following the workshop will be an informal networking session for landowners and farmers looking to form partnerships or find a leasing situation. More info here.
NOFA-NJ's 2014 Annual Meeting: The Integrity of the Organic Label
Join us for NOFA-NJ's Annual Meeting that will be held 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25th in Hillsborough, NJ. This will be a lively and informative panel discussion about "The Integrity of the Certified Organic Label" - including Roger Blobaum, founder of Organic Watch and famed organic consultant and activist; Emily Brown Rosen, working in the Standards Division of the National Organic Program and an author of the original New Jersey organic standards; Liana Hoodes, Executive Director of the National Organic Coalition - an organic integrity activist group; and more - we'll continue to update this list as experts join. This event is for NOFA-NJ members and is free to attend! More info here.
2014 - 2015 Farm & Food Guide
NOFA-NJ is currently planning the next edition of our "Farm & Food Guide" - a free publication that is distributed throughout the state. NOFA-NJ Farm and Business members are listed for free in this extensive directory of local food growers and purveyors, as well as farm and garden suppliers and home landscaping businesses. If you'd like to be included in this edition, of which over 20,000 copies are printed, now's the time to join or upgrade your membership. If you would like even more visibility - consider purchasing an ad! More info here.
Conservation funding available for organic farms
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has three 2014 ranking deadlines for the Organic Initiative: January 17, March 21 and April 18. The Organic Initiative is a special funding pool under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP); it is funding reserved for certified organic, transitioning and exempt organic farms that assists with the financial burden of conservation on the farm. Conservation measures that are covered through the Organic Initiative include cover cropping, pollinator habitat installation and leaf mulching. More info here.