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April 24, May 1, May 8
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April 26
Poultry Processing

May 2
Right to Farm Wrksp

May 3
Organic Disease Mgmt

May 8
GMO Talk

May 16-19 & June 6-9
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May 18
Tax Prep for Farmers

 

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The Road to Certification - scholarships available!

NOFA-NJ's new course, Road to Certification, is officially scheduled! Join us for three Thursday evenings, 4/24 - 5/8, to learn about the organic certification process. Organic farmers, an accredited certifying agent and an organic inspector will share information on their experiences with certification, their role in the process and provide a chance for attendees to ask questions. The class is scheduled at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, in Princeton, and runs from 6 PM to 9 PM - attendees will receive materials that will help prepare them for organic certification. Scholarships are available for beginning farmers! More info here.

Conservation funding deadline: 4/18

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has one 2014 ranking deadlines for the Organic Initiative: 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.

Poultry Processing Workshop - limited spots left!

Matt Wilkinson, of Hard Cider Homestead, has agreed to bring back the highly popular, hands-on poultry processing workshop and, new this year, he will cover poultry production. If you would like to learn how to raise meat birds, from the hatchery to the plate, join us on Saturday, April 26 (rain date is April 27, so please keep both days available), from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. You can register as a "Watch & Learn" attendee or a "Participating" attendee - depending on whether you would like hands-on experience on the slaughter, evisceration and breakdown process. More info here.

Right to Farm Workshop: 5/2

Join Land Use Attorney, from Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Donna Jennings, and State Agriculture Development Committee Chief of Legal Affairs, Brian Smith for an exploration of land use disputes in New Jersey, as they relate to farming. This workshop is being held on Friday, May 2, from 9 AM to 11 AM, in Hillsborough. Topics covered include Right To Farm Act, and the protections it affords farmers; the appeals process for farmers; and conflict resolution through non-binding mediation. More info here.

Organic Disease Management: 5/3

NOFA-NJ has invited organic disease management expert Dr. Margaret McGrath, from Cornell University, to cover basic information about plant diseases and how to manage them organically. The workshop is on Saturday, May 3, from 10 AM to 12 PM, in Paterson. Organic growers will learn methods of management needed for successful vegetable production. Key diseases will be covered as part of examples detailing organic crop management practices. More info here.