4th Annual Sustainable Living and Empowerment Conference | Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Saint Peter’s University in the McIntyre Lounge located at 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07306, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 4th Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference presents inspiring speakers and thought-provoking round table discussions. This intimate, community-driven conference is meant to move people in a way to want to be the change that they would like to see in the world. It is also an opportunity for organizers and grassroots organizations to come together under one roof, share ideas, and move their respective mission(s) forward. 

Taking the approach of social entrepreneurship, Newark SAS is a community-driven, 501c3 nonprofit organization that strive to assist with the creation of self-sustaining communities by developing pathways for green jobs that contribute to self-sufficiency and community empowerment. 

*Sponsors can support by providing healthy food & beverages; 
*Make a monetary donation to contribute toward the overall budget; 
*Cover the expense for one of the budget items related to this event; 
*Through in-kind contribution volunteer their time and service; 
*Facilitate a roundtable discussion; and/or
*Be a panelist and participate in a discussion regarding poverty, health & wellness and ecological sustainability.

Panel Discussion
A moderated panel will consist of 5 panelists representing topics relevant to the conference overall theme of building healthy, sustainable communities. The panel will run for about an hour, and it will be recorded.


Round table discussions

  • A Living Wage is Essential to a Sustainable Economy
  • Climate Justice and Becoming a Climate Resilient Community
  • Art Transforms Communities
  • Holistic and Spiritual Wellness
  • Sustainable Education from K thru 8
  • Rebuilding New Jersey’s Local Food System
  • Mutual Aid and Communal Living: Sharing as a Solution to Climate Change


For additional information or to become a sponsor contact organizer Tobias Fox at tobiasfox1@gmail.com or 646.399.0337.www.sasglocal.com 

NOFA-NJ Annual Conference coming up January 30-31 | NJ SPICE

From Faith Bahadurian’s blog at NJ SPICE

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey’s 26th annual Food and Farming Winter Conference takes place January 30-31 at Brookdale Community College.Over 50 workshops on food, farming and gardening will be offered with sessions running from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on both days.There are five tracks: Beginning Farmer, Advanced Farmer, Gardening, Food & Nutrition and Homesteading & Livestock. 

Anyone interested in learning about local organic and sustainable food, nutrition
NOFA flyerand related policy are invited to attend.The keynote speakers are Dr. Kathleen Delate Saturday and Pamela Boyce Simms Sunday. Dr. Delate, the first faculty hired by a land-grant university to work 100% of her time on organic agriculture in the U.S., will speak on The Mainstreaming of Organic Agriculture; Ms. Boyce Simms, a Trainer for Transition US, will speak on Relocalized Food Production in a Regional Resilience Framework.

Learn about the role that sustainable farming can play in climate change mitigation. Jack Kittredge, will present his paper: Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology do the Job?; Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, the first Director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Climate and Energy will speak on climate trends and resources available to farmers.

Farmers and homesteaders of all levels can choose from a broad selection of workshops on soil fertility, growing nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, no-till agriculture and the husbandry of livestock. Home and community gardeners will find classes on growing fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and garlic. There will be a special visit from WHYY’s Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden who will give a talk on composting and pest control.

Visit the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference website for the complete schedule of workshops. Registration is now open. Advance online discount pricing ends Jan. 24, 2016. Regular-priced tickets will be available the day of the conference.

via NOFA-NJ Annual Conference coming up January 30-31 | NJ SPICE.






West Windsor Community Winter Farmers’ Market

Indoor Winter/Spring Markets will be held at

Windsor Athletic Club
99 Clarksville Road
West Windsor, NJ
Dates: December 12, January 9, February 13, March 12 and April 9
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Plenty of parking, live music and a cozy farmers market located in a beautiful, bright room at the Windsor Athletic Club

Confirmed farms and vendors:


Beechtree Farm

Birds and Bees Farm

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse

Cherry Grove Farm

Chickadee Creek Farm

Davidson Exotic Mushrooms

Fulper Family Farmstead

Griggstown Farm

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Krowicki Farm

Martenette Farms

North Slope Farm

Shibumi Farm

Terhune Orchards

WoodsEdge Wools Farm


Bam Bam Broth

Frank’s Pickled Peppers

Happy Wanderer Bakery

Jammin’ Crepes

Jams by Kim


Pure Indian Foods

Stony Brook Orchids

Terra Momo Bread Co

The Artisan Tree

 The Touch That Heals


via Celebrate Autumn Bounty! | West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market.

Slow Food USA National School Garden Program Monthly Webinars

Slow Food USA

November 2015 Webinar: Fundraising

In the November webinar, we heard more about fundraising from two guest speakers. We were joined by Cindy Scott from Slow Food Prescott/Terroir Seeds who talked about their seed fundraiser for schools, a healthy alternative that’s educational for kids and adults alike. In addition, Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz of Slow Food East End/Edible School Gardens shared various fundraising strategies for school gardens from crowdfunding to creative events. We highlight other Slow Food USA fundraising resources including our list of school garden grants, fundraising page, community partners, and Chipotle fundraisers.

via Slow Food USA National School Garden Program Monthly Webinars.

Global Garden Exchange E-Pen Pal Program

Global Garden Exchange Would you like to connect your students with a school garden in the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe?

Welcome to the Global Garden Exchange (GGE), a brand new program we are launching as part of Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program! GGE aims to connect schools in the US with those around the world through cultural exchange and shared learning around school gardens.

As an international email “Pen Pal” program geared towards students of all ages, the Global Garden Exchange aims to facilitate interactions and learning between youth from school gardens abroad and those in the United States. Our hope is the GGE can transform young people into global citizens with a sense of empathy, compassion, responsibility and interconnectedness. As a participating teacher, you will be able to send and receive emails, photos, and stories with your “sister garden.” Topics of conversation may include culture, food, hobbies, family life, and of course gardening (crops, planting seasons, climate, and growing practices to name a few). GGE is first and foremost about cultivating understanding, exchange, and learning, not funding or money. It could turn into a traditional recipe swap, an opportunity for your students to build their English language skills, or perhaps lifelong friendships and travel abroad. The possibilities are endless!

Slow Food USA is proud to be working with the 10,000 Gardens in Africa project to connect schools in Africa to ones in the United States. Like the 10,000 Gardens project, the Global Garden Exchange aims to build connections between young people and agricultural biodiversity as well as an appreciation for how food and culture connect to build community, tradition, and environmental sustainability.

We hope to start the Global Garden Exchange as a pilot program, connecting a few sites over the remainder of the 2015-2016 academic year. If you are interested in participating, please fill out and return the teacher application below. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.


If you are interested in participating in the Global Garden Exchange, please submit an application.

**Please note that we will be in touch after your application has been submitted to let you know more details about the program. And not every school that submits an application will be chosen for the pilot program.

via Global Garden Exchange E-Pen Pal Program.

Composting, Film & Dialogue with the Japan Society in NYC NOV 18th

A Dialogue: Living Harmony


Please join the Japan Society and Slow Food USA tomorrow evening - Wednesday, November 18th - for a very rare opportunity to meet Chigumi Obayashi for the NYC premiere of her directorial debut, 100 Years Rice (or Hyaku Nen Gohan),  at 7pm at the Japan Society in NYC.

Purchase your tickets. Use the discount code SLOWFOOD and receive a $5 discount, or mention SLOWFOOD when ordering your tickets via telephone at the Japan Society. Discount limited to 2 tickets.

Chigumi Obayashi is the daughter of respected Japanese filmmaker, Nobuhiko Obayashi, with whom she co-wrote her father’s cult-classic, HOUSE. 100 Years Rice is Chigumi Obayashi’s first film. In the documentary, she sheds light on the town of Usuki in Oita Prefecture in Japan, where in 2010 stakeholders built the Usuki Compost Manufacturing Center in an effort to revitalize itself through sustainable means. Through the town’s story and its unconventional narrative structure, the film poses universal questions about the future of food and the environment. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A between Obayashi and Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA and a member of Japan Society’s Innovators Network. The discussion will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7pm
The Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY  10017
(212) 715-1260

Co-Presented with the Japan Society Innovators Network This directorial debut by Chigumi Obayashi daughter of Nobuhiko Obayashi and co-writer of his cult-classic HOUSE is a documentary that sheds light on the town of Usuki in Oita Prefecture, Japan that came together in 2010 to build the Usuki Compost Manufacturing Center in an effort to revitalize itself through sustainable means. Through the town’s story and its unconventional narrative structure, the film poses universal questions about the future of food and the environment. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A between Obayashi and Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA and a member of Japan Society’s Innovators Network. Followed by a reception with food provided by Okonomi restaurant. 2014, 65 min., Blu-ray, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Chigumi Obayashi.

via A Dialogue: Living Harmony.

U.S. Colleges That Offer Organic Agricultural Programs

If your dream is to study organic agriculture in college, then you’re in luck. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, organic and sustainable agriculture college programs are becoming much more common.

As the demand for organic food continues to grow, and as more individuals aim for a career in the organic industry, more colleges will likely begin to offer even more organic agriculture programs.

That said, even though not all colleges have caught up with organic agriculture trends, you still have some great college programs to choose from. Below are some organic agriculture college program options.

via U.S. Colleges That Offer Organic Agricultural Programs.

Meet, Greet, and Eat: Rachel Weston | Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market

July 24, 2015

Meet Rachel Weston, author of New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table! Get a signed copy of her book, taste some delicious food, and chat with her about shopping and cooking the Jersey Fresh way. This event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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via Meet, Greet, and Eat: Rachel Weston | Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market.

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year : The Salt : NPR

There’s a renaissance in local and regional food, and it’s not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

On this map, the U.S. Department of Agriculture pinpoints more than 4,000 local and regional food businesses and projects — from food hubs to farm-to-school programs to initiatives to expand healthy food access to low-income communities — in every state around the country.

They’ve all contributed to the explosion in sales in local food. The USDA estimates that local food sales have grown from from about $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014.

read more… Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year : The Salt : NPR.

2015 West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market

West Windsor Community Farmers Market 

West Windsor, NJ, July 20, 2015 —Held every Saturday, from 9:00am-1:00pm, rain or shine, right up until Thanksgiving, the West Windsor Community Farmers Market is a must do on Saturday mornings.  Stop by to see for yourself why the West Windsor Community Farmers Market continues to be New Jersey’s favorite farmers market*.  Connect directly with the folks who grow and raise your food, enjoy live music, prepared foods, cooking demonstrations and special events all in an open-air marketplace.

 Fifteen of Central New Jersey’s best farms and eleven artisan vendors gather weekly to bring a wide array of local products to the Market for residents of West Windsor and neighboring towns to enjoy.   Seasonal, locally grown fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, pastured meats and poultry, dairy and farm fresh eggs can be found at the market along with woven fiber products, breads, baked goods, flowers, plants, honey, prepared foods, soap, sauces, jams, pickled vegetables and wine.  Breakfast and brunch selections include Jammin’ Crepes’ savory and sweet crepes, The Feed Truck’s unique egg sandwiches, along with freshly made juices from Tico’s Juice Truck.  Pull up a chair or curb and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of our market!

 Be sure to stop by the Market Information Tent to sign up for our weekly newsletter, receive market information, borrow a cookbook and learn about our sponsors.  Farmers market gift certificates (Market Bucks) are available for purchase and make great gifts.

 Don’t forget to bring your knives, scissors and lawn tools for sharpening at Nice and Sharp.  Wind down from stress with bi-weekly massage with Gail Laboard’s The Touch That Heals.

 Of note in August:

 August 15: Annual amateur peach pie contest.  Local bakers are encouraged to bake their best pie using local peaches and scratch crust.  Last year’s WWCFM winner went on to win the title of Best North Jersey Peach Pie in the state competition held by the NJ Peach Promotion Council.  Prizes for winners.  Pre-registration is required; email wwcfm@yahoo.com to enter. 

August 29:  Join us for our second Food Writer/Photographer Panel and Tasting. This lively panel discussion brings together food writers, bloggers and photographers to discuss the joys of eating, living and writing food.  Food writers Katie Parla (Parla Food), Pat Tanner (Dine with Pat), Justine Ma (Little Miss Local), and Linda Prospero (Ciao Chow Linda) along with renowned Brooklyn based photographer Clay Williams (Ultra Clay). 

 The Market is located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot of the southbound side of the Princeton Junction Train Station, one mile from the Alexander Road and Route 1 intersection or half a mile walk down Vaughn Drive from the Dinky stop.  Ample car and bicycle parking is available.  For GPS directions, please use 2 Vaughn Drive, West Windsor; market is in the 2nd driveway on the right as you enter Vaughn Drive.

 *Since 2012, the WWCFM has been voted the Top Celebrated Market in New Jersey and a Top 100 Most Celebrated Market Nationwide, in American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market Contest.

 Up-to-date weekly events can be found on our website: westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.  For more information, call 609 933-4452 or email wwcfm@yahoo.com.  Be sure to follow the market on Facebook, Twitter #wwfarmersmarket, and Instagram for timely market info and photos.  New this season, follow along on Pinterest for cooking inspiration.

 West Windsor Community Farmers Market Schedule:

JULY 25:

  • MUSIC: Don Lee
  • WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)
  • PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health             Screenings
  • YES, WE CAN: Fresh food drive to benefit The Crisis Ministry of Princeton & Trenton
  • MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals
  • COOKING DEMONSTRATION:  Fermenting with Dorothy Mullen 10:00am
  • SPONSOR OF THE DAY: Hillcrest Urban Gardening

2015 Participating Vendors | West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market.