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Rebuilding Our Local Food Economy

The Foodshed Alliance is working to shift our food and farming system towards significantly increased production and consumption of locally grown, locally produced, and locally sourced foods. This will shift millions of dollars into our region’s local food economy, dollars that are currently being stripped away by an industrialized, globalized, fossil-fuel-based, chemical-dependent food system that is degrading our environment, damaging our health, and undermining our local economy.

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Dear Friend of the Foodshed Alliance

If you are like me, you are passionate about the inextricable connection between food, farms and the environment. If we want food that is healthy, clean, nutritious and locally grown, we have to support and promote local farms as stewards of our rural lands and waterways.

The Foodshed Alliance connects people to local farms that produce our food.  As a grassroots nonprofit, we work exclusively where farming, food and the environment come together.

The Foodshed Alliance works to promote the health of our food system, not only to make abundant, healthy foods available in our region, but to promote the health and sustainability of our land and water that so generously supports our food system.

Please donate to help us with this work. Your contribution will help us work to strengthen our local food system. read more…

Close Featured on Chopped Grill Masters Promo on Food Network

Our own Kendrya Close and local chefs Brad Boyle and Michael Carrino appear in a commercial for Chopped Grill Masters on the Food Network! To see the promo spot, click on the photo, scroll down, then click on the “Open Your Basket Vignette.”

Foodshed Alliance Cited in “Good Food Org Guide” for Exemplary Work

The Foodshed Alliance has been included in the “Good Food Org Guide,” published by the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, listing groups that do “exemplary work in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.” The Foodshed Alliance is one of six New Jersey nonprofits cited in the “Good Food Org Guide.”

Foodshed Alliance Named 2011 Local Hero

In 2011, the Foodshed Alliance received a “Local Hero: Nonprofit” award from the readers of Edible Jersey magazine for “preparing the ground and sowing the seeds for the local food movement in northwestern New Jersey.”

Foodshed Alliance Receives 2011 Garden State Green Award

In March 2011, the Foodshed Alliance was honored with a Garden State Green Award. The award honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the environment. The award was presented at Kean University during the Garden State Greenfest.

What Is a Foodshed?

A “Foodshed” describes a region where food flows from where it is produced to the place where it is consumed, including the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on.

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture

The Foodshed Alliance works with farmers, food producers, agricultural leaders and consumers to develop projects that foster the growth of a sustainable local food system.

Building a Resilient Local Food System

We need to bolster our local food system to increasingly feed a greater proportion of our local population by localizing our food supply to the greatest level possible.