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Food, Farms and the Environment: Tying It All Together in New Jersey
April 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In the 2015 Locavore Index, a ranking of states’ commitment to local food production, New Jersey ranked 39th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. (New Jersey even ranked lower than the 33rd-ranked Alaska!) Why is the Garden State in this position? Should something happen to disrupt our food supply chains, could New Jersey feed itself? Can the Garden State utilize its available farm land to feed its citizens sustainably? How can we increase the number of NJ food-producing farms and strengthen the connection between organic food production, sustainable farming practices and the environment?
Speaker: Lisa Kelly is the Development and Communications Director of the Foodshed Alliance, a nonprofit organization promoting sustainability at the crossroads of the food, farming and environment sectors. She has worked with the Foodshed Alliance since 2009 and is the author for the Regional Foodshed Resiliency Plan. She has worked as a journalist, communications consultant and fundraiser for a number of organizations, including the Gralla Publications/United Business Media, the County of Essex, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, Hackensack Riverkeeper and the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. As a volunteer, she was a co-founder of the Ridge and Valley Charter School, a public elementary school that “educates children for a hopeful and sustainable future;” a co-founder of Northwest New Jersey TimeBank; and former Board Member, EarthShare of New Jersey. She currently volunteers as marketing coordinator for the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, and she is on the board of Roy’s Hall/Blairstown Live-Arts Inc. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Seton Hall University.