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.

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Kendrya Close

We want to see more food produced locally, to encourage farming and food production in a healthy sustainable manner, and to increase the amount of local food that is consumed in our area.

Right now, the demand for local, organic and sustainably produced food here in our region greatly outweighs the available supply. Our mission is to reverse this trend. The result will be more clean, healthy, local food, more opportunities for local farmers, economic development that includes jobs creation, and land stewardship that is clean and healthy and protects our families and communities from synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

Your gift will help us achieve this and bring more healthy local food into our region!

Here are some of our current projects:

  • We are currently conducting a study of the food production system in northern New Jersey to determine what is necessary to make the region’s food system more robust and resilient. Working with farmers, food producers, processors, distributor, retailers, nonprofits and governmental agencies, we will create a northern New Jersey Foodshed Resiliency Plan that documents gaps and barriers to strengthening northern New Jersey’s food system (few new farmers, inadequate processing facilities, limited aggregation and distribution networks, resistance to organic/sustainable growing methods, etc.), and identifies emerging opportunities, such as new crops, value-added products, partnerships, training, etc.
  •  The Foodshed Alliance is introducing a River Friendly Farms certification program to our region to encourage and recognize farmers who manage their farms in an environmentally sound way that protects and improves waterways.
  •  The Foodshed Alliance holds educational programs (films, workshops, demonstrations) on topics such as genetically modified food, selling raw milk in New Jersey, preparing and preserving local food, etc.
  •  Our LocalShare program connects people in need with locally grown food by organizing gleanings at local farms and donating the fresh produce to local food pantries and soup kitchens. LocalShare also runs a GIFT (Give It Fresh Today) table at farmers’ markets, where customers, vendors and local gardeners donate goods that we then deliver to food pantries and soup kitchens.

We invite you to help us in our work. Please make a donation today so we can meet the growing challenges of building a resilient local food economy through these  innovative programs.

Please support our vision—the vision that has connected consumers and farmers in New Jersey for more than a decade—by making a donation today. Your gift will directly fuel local food resilience! You can donate online by clicking the button on the right side of this page. You can also mail your check, made payable to Foodshed Alliance to P.O. Box 713, Blairstown, NJ 07825. All contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

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Kendrya Close
Executive Director
Foodshed Alliance

P.S. The Foodshed Alliance relies on contributions from people like you, who value local farms and food, to fuel the work that needs to be done. Won’t you support our local food system by sending a donation today?

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