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River Friendly Farms

The Foodshed Alliance is partnering with North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council to bring the River Friendly Farm Program to northern New Jersey. This free, voluntary and self-paced program promotes environmentally friendly farming practices through the recognition of farmers that, through good management, help to protect water resources.

To participate, farms voluntarily apply for certification. Once an application has been received, a conservation planner schedules a site visit with the land owner or producer. The farm is then evaluated in 5 main areas which are:

  • Soil Loss Management
  • Nutrient Management
  • Pest Management
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Irrigation Water Management

Program Goals

  • To publicly recognize and reward farmers who do an outstanding job of managing their farms in an economically and environmentally sound way that protects and improves water resources
  • Publicize and promote agricultural best management practices that help improve water quality while maintaining and improving agricultural viability of New Jersey farms
  • Increase public awareness of farmers’ voluntary contributions to resource protection
  • Create new partnerships to begin future regional implementation of the River-Friendly Farm Program

Benefits of becoming a River Friendly Farm

  • Provides public recognition for implementing and maintaining stewardship practices
  • Creates an avenue for increased marketing strategies with River-Friendly Farm Label
  • Improve water quality in streams while maintaining productive farmland
  • Promotes more efficient use of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Provides a healthier soil structure

For more information on River Friendly Farm Certification, please contact Kendrya Close at the Foodshed Alliance, 908-362-7967, or apply online. The Foodshed Alliance and North Jersey RC&D are seeking more River-Friendly Farm applicants and is available to speak with any interested group or individual about the program.

River-Friendly Certified Farms in NW NJ

CedarCroft Farm, Hardwick
Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, Frelinghuysen
E & R Mathez Farm, Columbia

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