March Against Monsanto
Land Leasing Education
Rain Garden Workshop
Thank you to the Duke Farms Foundation for their longtime support of NOFA-NJ.
Rutgers has issued an advisory for Phytophthora blight and Pythium in pepper, tomato and cucurbit fields, as recent and forecasted conditions are favorable for these diseases (wet with warm temperatures). More info here.
The Grand Opening for the NOFA-NJ Farmers Market at Duke Farms is from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, May 25th. The Farmers Market will sell produce and seedlings from the NOFA-NJ Incubator Farm, plus Simply Grazin’ meats. Following the Grand Opening, the Market will be open on Fridays (4pm - 7pm), Saturdays (10am - 2pm), and Sundays (9am - 1pm). Please join us at 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844!
Not sure how to handle run-off from your home or farm activities? Come out to learn more about rain garden design and function. We will be installing a rain garden on The Center for Working Lands, the NOFA-NJ incubator farm. The rain garden will help reduce water runoff and waste water issues from the vegetable wash stand. More info here.
Can what you eat really change the way you feel? Want to eat healthier don't know where to start? Would you like to learn how to prepare and preserve REAL food to maintain nutrient density?
Don't miss the first annual NOFA-NJ Summer Food Symposium, held on June 21st at the Duke Farms Coach Barn! Click here to register today!
The 2014 Winter Conference T-Shirt Design Contest is now underway! We're looking for a design that captures the 2014 Winter Conference theme: "Organic: A Better Way to Feed Communities". A single winner will be chosen and will receive a complimentary two-day admission to the 2014 Winter Conference. All entires must be submitted by July 15th. More info here.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a draft Produce Safety Rule that outlines mandatory standards for the production and harvesting of produce. This proposed rule is the first of five rule-makings mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act; it's open for public comment until September! Visit Penn State's summary and the FDA factsheet to learn more about the rule and how to comment.
Ag Consultant and Trainer Shane LaBrake will be training farmers on proper safety and maintenance of small and mid-sized tractors, plus implements, this fall. Join NOFA-NJ on October 14 and 15 (this is a two-day course) for a hands-on, comprehensive workshop that will empower tractor users to operate and maintain their machines more safely and with greater skill and confidence. There are scholarships available for this course, which is being held in Clarksburg, NJ. More info here.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the NOFA-NJ recent Kickstarter campaign a success. Still looking for ways to support NOFA-NJ? Click here.