2017 Report to the Community

2017 has been all about clarity, growth and change at the Foodshed Alliance, none of which would have happened with your support.  Here are the year’s highlights you made possible. To clarify the direction and efforts of our work, Foodshed Alliance embarked on a...

Look What We Did Together in 2016!

Thanks to our supporters, in 2016 the Foodshed Alliance has: Increased the amount of donated food through our LocalShare program by 30%, from 35,678 lbs. in 2015 to 46,887 lbs. in 2016. This included 45,572  lbs. of produce gleaned from farms, 550 lbs. of donated...

Let’s Talk About Food Policy in NJ

The local food movement is one of the most active of current civil engagement social movements. Yet, in New Jersey, there is little or no collaborative, organized effort to affect food and farming policies, legislation or regulations that promote the health of our...

Exploring the Feasibility of a Food Hub

In order to increase farming and local food production in northern New Jersey, we need to work on ways to successfully bring farm-fresh food to market. While farmers’ markets and on-farm direct-to-consumer markets are proliferating in northern New Jersey, small to...

Working to Increase Land Access and “Grow” New Farms

Partnering with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, we are holding a series of meetings with land trusts and other stakeholders to work on improving land access for New Jersey farmers. Our group met with David Haight, New York State Director of American Farmland...

Why We Have to Grow New Farmers

To strengthen our local food economy, we must increase the number of farmers on the land in northern New Jersey. Growing new farmers is a substantial challenge for our region, considering the following statistics. Number of farms: The number of operational farms in...