Twilight meetings are informal workshops geared towards growers - large and small - that highlight unique and innovative production and marketing methods that are keeping agriculture viable in New Jersey.
Twilight Meetings are free to NOFA-NJ members and non-members may attend for $10, to defray the costs of the meeting.
Farm Tour at Beach Plum Farm
Regular visitors to shore towns are spoiled with the freshest seafood, but Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May, NJ aims to spoil visitors with farm-fresh produce. The Ebbitt Room, Blue Pig Tavern, and Rusty Nail are all restaurants served by the farm less than two miles away. Three mornings a week, fruits and vegetables are harvested at the farm and delivered to the chefs who develop daily menu specials around them. Beach Plum Farm also has an egg CSA and sells produce, eggs, honey, and cut flowers to the public. Come learn about the farm's unique restaurant relationships, how they keep up with the demand, and what they do for winter crop production!
Picture from Beach Plum Farm's Facebook Page
When: Saturday - May 16th, 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Beach Plum Farm, 140 Stevens Street, West Cape May, NJ 08204
Details: This evening will include a farm tour and discussion period; please wear weather appropriate clothing.
Farm Tour at Hand Picked Farm
Hand Picked Farm grows sustainable and delicious produce in Flemington, New Jersey. Farmer Matt Hand uses community supported agriculture (CSA) model of distribution and strives for a direct connection from farm to plate. Growing 71 varieties of produce on 7.3 acres, Hand Picked Farm is in the process of organic certification. As a beginning farmer and participant in the NOFA-NJ Journeyperson Program, Matt knows firsthand the challenges that face new farmers in New Jersey and the focus of this Twilight Meeting will be starting from scratch on a tiny budget. The Twilight Meeting will also include a potluck dinner around a fire pit.
Picture from Hand Picked Farm's Facebook Page
When: Saturday - June 13th, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Where: Hand Picked Farm, 9 Stacey Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822
Details: This evening will include a farm tour and discussion period followed by a potluck dinner; please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a dish/beverage for the potluck.
Farm Tour at City Green
City Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey's cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition, and the environment. City Green offers practical, technical, and financial support to community members of all ages to design, create, and manage these urban green spaces. City Green promotes food justice and environmental equality through these greening efforts. City Green is headquartered in Clifton at the former Schultheis Farm. The property boats a beautiful view of the New York City skyline, as well as a greenhouse, recently restored farmhouse, and a large barn. City Green currently has 2 and a half acres of the property in vegetable production and grows over 50 varieties of produce to support a market operation and to further their mission of providing access to healthy and affordable, local, farm fresh food. City Green also has their own composting operation and bee hives. This Twilight Meeting will include a farm tour and discussion about City Green, a potluck dinner focusing on their farmers market incentive program: supporting small farms while increasing affordability for consumers.
Picture from City Green's Facebook Page
When: Tuesday - July 21st, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where: City Green at Schultheis Farm, 171 Grove Street, Clifton, NJ 07013
Details: This evening will include a farm tour and discussion period and a potluck dinner; please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a dish or beverage for the potluck.