The Yoga of Foraging: Finding Wild Medicines and Foods–Princeton Center Yoga and Health

Learn the inspirational yoga of learning and connecting with the edible and medicinal plants surrounding you wherever you go. Dan threads the many perspectives of spiritual practice, foraging, survival, ayurveda, and herbalism to guide you to a deeper connection and self reliance on the magic of nature that resides everywhere. This class will plug you in to recognizing eden in all places through learning about the abundance of healing, organic, local foods, and fresh medicines, that are collectively known as weeds. You will sample many tasty delicious foods great for salads, sauteing, raw recipes, and making breads out of the plants common to the suburban sprawl and forest that leave you healthy, self reliant, and feeling abundant energy!

via The Yoga of Foraging finding wild medicines and foods : Princeton Center Yoga and Health.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey | NOFA-NJ

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) is dedicated to supporting sustainable food and agriculture in New Jersey through education, technical assistance, and policy action.

News Bites

Farmland owners invited to attend informational meetings on leasing
NOFA-NJ and the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), the administrators of NJ’s Farmland Preservation Program, are teaming up to address this issue. The SADC operates the Farm Link Program, an online listing that helps to connect farm owners with farmers seeking access to farmland and farming opportunities. Attend A Meeting In Your Region!

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey Encourages a New Generation of Farmers
NOFA-NJ Incubator Farm Program Set to Debut in Hillsborough, NJ. A new program designed to provide a helping hand for beginning farmers is set to debut in the coming year that will create a network of solutions to a complex issue – too few beginning farmers and not enough access to farmland. Read the full article here.

2012 Permaculture Design Course
Instructor Wayne Weiseman, Director of the Permaculture Project LLC, teaches 8 days of experiential and hands-on Permaculture training; it is about designing ecological human habitats and food production systems to attain a working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management.  Sign up today to take advantage of our best Early Bird Discounts!

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
Shiitake Mushrooms have long been recognized for their health promoting properties and have in recent years become a favorite addition to American cuisine. Consumers are becoming increasing aware of the importance of “eating local”, and shiitake mushrooms can be one of the most sustainable foods in your diet – you can grow them at home! Attend a Mushroom Cultivation Workshop at Back-to-Nature Home & Garden Center in Basking Ridge on Saturday, June 9th at 10:30 AM.  Registration is required.

NOFA-NJ An Overview of Organic Certification {Click To Watch the Video}

Visit Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey | NOFA-NJ.

Taste of the Nation Princeton | Culinary Events

Announcing Taste of the Nation Princeton 2012! Join us for Share Our Strengths 20th Anniversary of Taste of the Nation Princeton – A Locavores Adventure! Set in a new location, the event will offer guests a unique opportunity to mingle with chefs, bid on fabulous auction items and taste bites from local purveyors and artisans. The event will also celebrate the release of Tre Piani chef and owner, Jim Weavers new book Locavore Adventures: One Chefs Slow Food Journey. Come enjoy the bounty of Central New Jersey, while raising funds to end childhood hunger in Princeton and beyond!Please note this event is 21 and over.100% of ticket sales benefit Share Our Strengths efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

via Taste of the Nation Princeton | Culinary Events.

Locavores Rising: Local Food Sources Growing in Every State

A new index tracks the rapid growth of local food systems in the US, the Locavore Index. The top five states for farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA), farms-to-schools are: Vermont, Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii, in that order.

Although locavorism is growing everywhere, the bottom five states are Florida (#50), Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada and Louisiana.

via Locavores Rising: Local Food Sources Growing in Every State.

Meet Your Farmer: Good Tree Farm

Our compost
Our objectives extend beyond making a profit as an agricultural business.  We see our role as a catalyst of change for the common good.

Through our business, we hope to:
Promote improved eating and nutritional habits among our fellow citizens and to do so at prices which help our customers financially.   This is not only good for us from the perspective of business competitiveness, but it is also good for our customers.  As our customers gain more knowledge about the qualities and benefits of more natural diets, we hope they will change their diets and improve their own health and that of their families.

This will have a direct and beneficial effect on the health costs our society and its members face as we go through these challenging times.  Less disease and treatment costs translate into lower medical expenditures from the average citizen’s budget, and also less burden on our governments both state and federal in those areas.

That is the personal and societal benefit of the food aspect of our business.  But there is another aspect which goes hand and glove with the issues of the health benefits of food.  That is the aspect of having and/or developing healthy living habits.

Through the Community Activities we plan on our farm, we hope to encourage better living habits among our customers.  Physical exercise and general fitness are crucial to developing and maintaining improved health and is directly affected by the healthfulness of the food we eat.  On our farm, activities and festivals that allow people to participate in fun, fulfilling physical activities and cause them to exert energy and burn calories will be provided and facilitated.  We are very open to our customers renting the use of our farm and its facilities for a day or a weekend to carry out a festival, carnival or sports meet that is open to the general public and results in a healthy invigorating activities for the whole family, whether for a few hours, an afternoon or the weekend.

Through this duality of purpose, we believe that our fresh, local, organic food produced on farms using sustainable agricultural practices that protect the environment and provide ecological stewardship will give our society the greatest benefit and make us a truly responsible business.

We look forward to your participation with us!
Hisham Moharram, PhD.
Founder and CEO,
Good Tree Farm of New Egypt.

via Objectives.

May 19: Food Revolution Day – Stand Up For Real Food

Food Revolution Day on 19 May is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.

Find Local Food Event Ideas here.

via Food Revolution Day – Stand Up For Real Food.

Kite Days at Terhune Orchards this weekend

Kite Day

Wassail Kite Day is a perfect time to explore the farm during our FREE spring festival – Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Spring on the farm is one of the most beautiful and exciting seasons. All is ready for the bountiful growing season. Bring your own kite or choose a ready-made kite from the wide selection in the store. Or better yet, make a “guaranteed to fly” kite. Whichever you choose, test fly your kite in our wide-open 10-acre pasture with all the farm animals looking on.

via Terhune > What’s Happening > Event > Wassailing.

Meet Your Farmer | Chickadee Creek Farm

Locavores are delighted to see our farmers back at the markets, bringing fresh, locally grown foods. It’s great to know the farmers who produce our food and where our food comes from. Get to know Jess from Chickadee Creek Farm:

Meet Your Farmer
Introducing Farmer Jess
Jess is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources. She traveled through her country and Latin America during the college years only to discover that there is no place like home! She also realized that for her, there was no vocation like the family vocation. After stints in conservation biology, ornithology, disaster relief, and development work,  Jess realized that she wanted to be the 13th generation of Niederer farmers...
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Farmer Jess was recently featured in the 2/20/2012 issue of the monthly Inside Jersey magazine! Read it here

Summer Season Markets
Pennington Farmers Market
Saturdays 9-1 June-Oct
Rosedale Mills, Rt 31 Pennington

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market
Fridays 12-4, Mid May-Mid Nov
Rutgers Gardens, Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

Princeton Farmers Market
Thursdays 11-4, Mid May-Oct
Library Plaza, Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ


via Meet Your Farmer | Chickadee Creek Farm.

Rutgers Gardens: Farm Market

Rutgers Gardens: Farm Market

Friday May, 4 to Friday November 16th.
12 pm -5 pm
Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryder’s Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

Directions to the market

Mission Statement:The mission of the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market is to provide the local community, including residents, students, university faculty and staff, University Dining, and restaurants the opportunity to experience and purchase fresh, locally grown and/or prepared food products.

via Rutgers Gardens: Farm Market.