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Access to Local Organic Food Could Be at Risk

Dec 26, 2014 12:06PM

New Jersey’s premier organization supporting sustainable food and agriculture, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, faces an impending funding cut that will severely set back their activities in a few months.

NOFA-NJ was founded in 1985 and is the only organization in the state dedicated to training and supporting the production, preparation and distribution of organic and sustainable foods. The association helped introduce and implement organic certification, played a key role in policy-making and built a pipeline of future farmers through their Beginning Farmer program.

“While we’ve put in place a financial plan to manage a funding cut, it isn’t open-ended,” says NOFA-NJ’s Executive Director Camille Miller. “If we don’t secure additional funding, we won’t have th e capacity to continue supporting the launch of new organic farming businesses, which are truly the future of our state’s food system.” By late spring, NOFA-NJ will need to begin scaling back their activities if further funding is not secured.

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