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Towards a Resilient Food System: Partnerships with Conservation Organizations
June 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Close to 40 percent of the land farmed in New Jersey is by someone who does not own it. Conservation organizations can play a role in linking new and existing farmers to underutilized farmland. The American Farmland Trust has partnered with land trusts in the Hudson Valley of New York to help farmers gain access to land, including preserved land. This workshop will gauge interest in bringing the program to New Jersey. In addition, we will explore how the River Friendly Program can promote sustainable farming. A panel will discuss three exciting programs:
- Growing Farmers’ Access to Land: David Haight from American Farmland Trust will discuss the FarmLink program underway in the Hudson Valley.
- Growing Farmers: Kate Munning from the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm (CSG) in Blairstown will describe the CSG’s apprentice program that has fledged new farmers in New Jersey and elsewhere.
- Promoting Sustainable Farms: Marcus Gray from North Jersey Resources Conservation & Development will describe theRiver Friendly Farm certification program. The program is a way to assure consumers that a farm is managed to protect water quality.
Thanks to the Foodshed Alliance and Ridge and Valley Conservancy for organizing this workshop about building a resilient food system in Northern NJ. The topics are identified in the Foodshed’s Alliance’s recently completed report – supported by the Dodge Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – on how to build a resilient food system for northern New Jersey.
Who should attend: nonprofit conservation organizations, farmland owners, administrators of farmland preservation programs, members of local government agricultural boards, students in agricultural and sustainability fields of study, interested public. Organizations are encouraged to bring landowners to this program.
Cost: FREE. Lunch included. Please register today! Seats are limited