Upcoming Events at West Windsor Community Farmers Market

The WWCFM continues to be a popular gathering space each Saturday, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm

A wide array of locally grown, raised and produced fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meats, dairy, pastured eggs, woven fibers, soap, bakery items, flowers, honey, sauces, jams, fresh juices, crepes and more can be found at the market each week. In addition, live music and community groups help to round out the overall market experience.

*Of note this month, September 6 will feature their second Sponsor Day of the season where they thank the local businesses that sponsor the market.  Various local businesses will be on site during the market day with information as well as giveaways for shoppers.

On September 27, WWCFM hosts their first ever Food Blogger and Writer Day.  Several local food writers and bloggers will be on site for a question and answer panel with shoppers.  As more folks become aware of the importance of local food and farmers markets, they are connecting the farms, food lovers and writers with this one-day event.  

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 and half mile walk from the Dinky stop in Princeton Junction.  Parking is always free. 

SEPTEMBER 6:

•           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health       Screenings

            WWAC (Children’s art projects)

YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis           Ministry of Mercer County

•           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

•           COOKING DEMO: Chef Adam of Griggstown Farm

•           SPECIAL EVENT: Sponsor Appreciation Day Meet WWCFM             Sponsors

SEPTEMBER 13:

•           MUSIC: Jeff Griesemer

•           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS Back to School Supply Collection

TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

CENTRA STATE HEALTHCARE Nutritionist on site

WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance) Bicycle Drive for the       Boys and Girls Club of Trenton

•           COOKING DEMO:  WWCFM Cooking Basics

SEPTEMBER 20:

•           MUSIC: A Little Bit Off

•           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the         Crisis Ministry of Mercer County

PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health       Screenings

•           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals]

•           COOKING DEMO:    TBA

SEPTEMBER 27:

•           MUSIC: Sicilian Blue

•           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

CAPITAL HEALTH Nutritionist on site

TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

            WWBPA West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance

•           COOKING DEMO:  Dorothy Mullen, Suppers Program

•           SPECIAL EVENT: Food Blogger and Writer Day

OCTOBER 4:

•           MUSIC: Larry Tritel

•           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health       Screenings

YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the         Crisis Ministry of Mercer County

•           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals]

•           COOKING DEMO: Allie O’Brien of Garden State Community Kitchen

OCTOBER 11:

•           MUSIC: This Old House

•           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

WWBPA West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance

YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the         Crisis Ministry of Mercer County

•           COOKING DEMO:   WWCFM Cooking Basics

•           SPECIAL EVENT: Apple Pie Baking Contest

For more information, call 609 933-4452 or email wwcfm@yahoo.com.  Be sure to follow the market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (wwfarmersmarket) for market info and photos.

National Farmers Market Week August 3-9

Photo from Slow Food USA

Photo from Slow Food USA

National Farmers Market Week kicks off this Sunday, August 3 and runs through Saturday, August 9. I hope you will join me for this year’s celebration at your local market.

Of all food system innovations in the U.S. in the last 20 years, the resurgence of farmers markets may represent the most public expression of growing community via food.

When you head to the farmers market this week, I encourage you to go Slow and:

Talk with the farmers. Thank your farmers. Take this week to thank them for their commitment to the land, for their labor, and for coming to market.

Have a “Meatless Monday.” With countless tasty recipes and an interactive community, our friends at Meatless Monday make it easier than ever to give up meat one day a week, saving us money and cutting back on water and fossil fuels. Less meat on Mondays means you can have “better meat” (PDF) on other days.

Eat “ugly” fruits and vegetables. Imperfect fruits and veggies should not go to waste. When you see them at markets, purchase them for canning, roasting etc. If you don’t seem them at market, inquire. Your farmer might not realize there is a demand for what chefs call “seconds.” Encourage “ugly” at your market.

See you at the market,

Richard McCarthy Executive Director Slow Food USA

West Windsor Community Farmers Market News & Events

The WWCFM continues to be a popular gathering space each Saturday, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm, for the community as well as neighboring towns, to directly connect with locally owned farms and local food producers. Please visit www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org for up to date weekly events and a complete farm and vendor roster.

The WWCFM is proud to have been voted the Top Celebrated Market in New Jersey and  in the Top 100 Nationwide in the 2013 American Farmland Trust “I Love My Farmers Market” Contest.  In addition, live music and community groups help to round out the overall market experience.

Of note this month, August 9 will feature the NJ Peach Promotion Council Amateur Peach Pie Bake Off Contest, with the winning entry moving on to the NJ State Finals in late August for a chance to win the $300 prize.  Bakers are still being accepted until August 6!  Pies are due at the market at 10:30am with judging at 11:00am.  First, Second and Third place WWCFM winners will receive Market Bucks to be used as cash at the farmers market this season.  Amateur bakers only and pre-registration is required.  To register, for more details and rules, please email manager@westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.  The newly crowned New Jersey Peach Queen will also make an appearance at the WWCFM on August 9 as part of her statewide farmers market tour.

AUGUST 2:

             MUSIC: Jeff Griesemer

                COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

                WWAC (Children’s art projects)

                GIRL SCOUT CADETTE TROOP (Natural cleaners and planting information)

             COOKING DEMO: Holly Slepman

AUGUST 9:

             MUSIC: Mountainview

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                WWBPA Bicycle and Pedestrian Information and bicycle registration

                YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis       Ministry of Mercer County

                PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM  Free Blood Pressure and Health         Screenings

             AMATEUR PEACH PIE BAKE-OFF CONTEST (see our website for details)

             NJ PEACH QUEEN APPEARANCE

             MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

AUGUST 16:

             MUSIC: A Little Bit Off

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

                TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

                EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS

                WWAC (Children’s art activity)

             COOKING DEMO:   West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh

AUGUST 23:

             MUSIC: DBB Jazz Trio

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

                YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis       Ministry of Mercer County

                PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health        Screenings

             MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals]

             COOKING DEMO:   Monica Khanna Reichert

AUGUST 30:

             MUSIC: Bill O’Neal

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

                TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

             COOKING DEMO:   Denise Marchisotto

SEPTEMBER 6:

             MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

             SPONSOR APPRECIATION DAY Meet WWCFM Sponsors

                COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health        Screenings

                WWAC (Children’s art projects)

                YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis       Ministry of Mercer County

             MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

             COOKING DEMO: Chef Adam of Griggstown Farm

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 and half mile walk from the Dinky stop in Princeton Junction.  Parking is always free. 

For more information, call 609 933-4452 or email wwcfm@yahoo.com.  Be sure to follow the market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (wwfarmersmarket) for tidbits of great market info and photos.

Forrestal Village Farmers Market Cooking Series

Vendors from the Forrestal Village Farmers Market are offering a new series of cooking classes in conjunction with the Plainsboro Recreational & Cultural Center to Plainsboro residents of all ages interested in learning to cook with local foods. 

In these classes, geared toward various age groups and interests, you will learn to cook with the farmers market’s bounty: prepare quick dinners with HerbNZest, make homemade mozzarella with Fulper Fams, grill meats and veggies with Tre Piani, make pies from scratch with Lillipies, and much more!

Classes are held at the Plainsboro Recreation and Cultural Center’s learning kitchen. They feature produce from Stults Farm, Rolling Hills farm and Robson’s Farm; grass-fed meats and eggs from Beechtree Farm; and bread and cured meats from Double Brook Farm. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn more about the classes and other events, and to receive easy and innovative recipes tailored especially to the farmers market’s weekly offerings, sign up for its newsletter at http://eepurl.com/RLHHr.

The classes take place at the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center on Plainsboro Road. And, the farmers market takes place every Friday through Sept. 26, excluding July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Princeton Forrestal Village.

Thu, July 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Pocket Pies: Sweet & Savory (for ages 8 and up, with a caregiver)

Jen Carson, Lillipies

Join local baker and culinary school instructor Jen Carson and learn to make seasonal pies from scratch! You will make homemade pie crust and fill “pocket pies” (single-serving pies) with an assortment of seasonal fillings. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person. Class is limited to 14 people.

Thu, July 24, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Fun and Easy Recipes Using Local Ingredients – Parent and Child (5-16 years old) Class

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

HerbNZest’s mission is to make healthy cooking easy, fast, and accessible to all. Deb Dutta, a mother of two and HerbNZest’s founder-owner will teach busy parents and their even busier children to cook everyday healthy meals that are fast, easy and fun. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

Thu, July 31, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Keep Calm and Curry On: Herbs and Spices Every Day (age 16 and up)

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

Learn to add pizazz to your food without the calories, fats and chemicals. Deb Dutta shares her secrets to using herb and spice that transform everyday dishes into a celebration of flavors. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

Thu, August 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Clean Your Cooking (age 16 and up)

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

Learn to make your favorite foods healthier by substituting out the bad stuff (bad fats, sodium, sugar, etc.) for all the good stuff (good fats, fruits and veggies, and the like). Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/ person

Thu, August 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Farmers Market Grilling 101

Jim Weaver, Tre Piani

Celebrated local chef Jim Weaver shares his secrets to perfect summer grilling using meat and fresh local vegetables from the Forrestal Village Farmers Market. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$30/person

Thu, July 12; Wed, July 16; Wed, August 27,  11:00am – 12:00pm

Farmers Market Cooking for Preschoolers (children ages 3-5, and their caregivers)

Nirit Yadin, Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager

It’s never too early to learn to cook. Nirit Yadin introduces your preschooler to the colors, shapes and flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables, and teaches them to love their veggies. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$10/child (only pay for your child, but caregivers must be present)

Thu, June 16;  Wed, July 23;  Wed, August 6, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Farmers Market Cooking for Seniors

Nirit Yadin, Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager

Farmers markets cooking is is fun and easy, not to mention healthy. Nirit Yadin, a seasoned cooking instructor, teaches you how to choose and prepare delicious meals using the best of the Garden State! Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

July Schedule from West Windsor Community Farmers Market

The WWCFM continues to be a popular gathering space each Saturday, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm, for the local community as well as neighboring towns to connect with farmers and local food producers.

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 and half mile walk from the Dinky stop in Princeton Junction.  Parking is always free.

For more information, call 609 933-4452 or emailwwcfm@yahoo.com.

JUNE 28:

           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

JULY 5:

           MUSIC: The Barncats

            COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Allie O’Brien (Garden State Community Kitchen)

JULY 12:

           MUSIC: A Little Bit Off

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            WWBPA Bicycle and Pedestrian Information

            YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM  Free Blood Pressure and Health       Screenings

           COOKING DEMO:  WWCFM Simple cooking techniques by board member       JoAnn Parla, as directed by a local wheelchair-bound resident

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

JULY 19:

           MUSIC: Daniel Damon

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

            EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS

           COOKING DEMO:   Denise Marchisetto                

JULY 26:

           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis           Ministry of Princeton and Trenton

            WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

Forrestal Village Announces Farm-Fresh Friday Market

image003Princeton Forrestal Village (PFV) has announced its roster for this summer’s farm-to-table Farmers Market, which will be held every Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm beginning June 6, 2014, and running through the end of September.  The open-air, all-weather market will include an eclectic mix of locally-produced fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, cheeses and fresh dairy products, preserves, tea blends, pies, cupcakes, baked goods, and much more.

This is a real opportunity for families throughout the Plainsboro/Princeton region to connect with local farmers and food producers, and to experience the great fresh produce and products that are grown and made here in Central New Jersey.  Along with an exciting list of vendors, the Friday Market will also feature cooking classes, a recipe-packed e-newsletter, and a new Food Blog available at pfvillage.com/fm.

Participating farms and businesses include:

  • Beechtree Farm, grassfed meats, eggs and honey,
  • Double Brook Farm, cured meats, “farmstead” jarred foods and bread,
  • Fulper Family Farmstead, sustainably-farmed dairy products, including cheeses and yogurts,
  • Herb N Zest, natural artisan foods,
  • Lillipies, locally-sourced seasonal pies, focaccia, brioche and other baked goods,
  • Rolling Hills Farm, “Beyond Organic” fresh-farmed vegetables,
  • Robson’s Farm, farm fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • Stults Farm, farm fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • Taking Tea In Style, custom-blended teas, and iced teas,
  • Tre Piani Restaurant, fresh, made-to-order mozzarella, and slow-food recipes,
  • Unionville Vineyards, award-winning artisanal wines.

The Market will be held in the Plaza of Princeton Forrestal Village between CanDo Fitness and Tre Piani Restaurant.  Open and covered parking is plentiful and free throughout the site.  Princeton Forrestal Village is located on US Route One South and College Road West next to Princeton’s Westin International Hotel and Conference Center.  For more information visit PFVILLAGE.com online, or call 609.799.7400.

West Windsor Community Farmers Market Opens May 3

The West Windsor Community Farmers Market (WWCFM) is pleased to announce the opening of its 2014 farmers market season. Beginning May 3rd and continuing through to November 22 (rain or shine!), the Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm.

The Market hosts 15 farms and 11 artisan food and natural product vendors in its 2014
line up. Local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs, woven fibers, soap, baked goods,
flowers, honey, sauces, jams, fresh juices, crepes and more can be found at the market
each week.

New vendors to the Market this year include Shibumi Mushroom Farm, Frank’s Pickled
Peppers, and Good Enough For Kids.

In addition to other weekly cooking demonstrations by local chefs, the Market is
proud to offer this season a monthly cooking basics series, on the second Saturday of
each month, featuring simple, seasonal cooking and preparation techniques demonstrated by board members and/or the market manager.

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. Parking is free. For directions to the market, up to date weekly event listings and complete list of vendors, please visit our website at www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.
For more information, call 609 933-4452 or emailwwcfm@yahoo.com.

May events include:
MAY 3: OPENING DAY!
• MUSIC: Ed Goldberg & The Odessa Klezmer Band
• COMMUNITY GROUPS:
WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance): Annual opening day
walk from Maurice Hawk School
WWAC (West Windsor Arts Council)
• PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings
• COOKING DEMO: Allie O’Brien
• MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

MAY 10:
• MUSIC: Ed Goldberg & The Odessa Klezmer Band
• COOKING DEMO: WWCFM Cooking Basics

MAY 17:
• MUSIC: The Jackalopes
• COMMUNITY GROUPS:
WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)
EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS
• PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings
• MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

MAY 31:
• COMMUNITY GROUP:
WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)
• PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings
• COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)
• MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

US Ark of Taste : Slow Food USA

Reflecting on your successes of this season? Now is the time to think about what you would like to grow next year. Why not take part in preserving some of our most precious heirlooms? Try Cherokee Trail of Tears, Hidatsa Red Bean or Chrismas Lima for reliable dry bean selections. You can get started today by ordering some Inchelium Red Garlic for your October garlic plantings. Which crops from The Ark of Taste have you planted?
The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates. Check out the list:  US Ark of Taste : Slow Food USA.

5 MORE Things To Know About The Fight Against GMOs -Michelle Jacobson

PictureUntil recently, GMOs was an unfamiliar acronym to most Americans. Genetically modified and genetically engineered were scientific terms that seemed to belong in a laboratory, not a supermarket, kitchen, or pastoral farming locale. Our farms, we thought, were a place where Mother Nature held absolute dominion.

Well, enter the 21st century, folks. Many farms may as well be laboratories these days, with each hole dug in the ground akin to a test tube, as the seeds that are pla
For the American people (yes, specifically, the American people) to be kept unaware of what their food is comprised of – in these days of local, organic and sustainable sensibilities – is a serious travesty. Beyond that, it’s just plain dishonest.nted are not always natural, as forged by nature; often they’ve been tampered with to conform to mans’ will.

My first article, 5 Things You Need To Know About GMOs Right Now (1), was a primer for anyone seeking to know the basic facts about GMOs. Things were moving at a slow rumble until 2012, and I was trying to inform people so they’d be in the know when the hoopla started to get louder. And get louder it did.

This article picks up where that one left off, covering the vast amount of activity which has transpired across the country in the past few months, both in town halls and town squares. I can assure you that when you read this information you’ll be concerned and outraged enough to want to take control over the food you eat, once again. How can you turn away now?

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1 – How do you know the difference between a food that’s genetically modified and a food that isn’t? read more

via Michele Jacobson – GMO Blog.

Farm Bill is no small potatoes to New Jersey | eb.gmnews.com | East Brunswick Sentinel

When you hear Farm Bill, you probably think of huge corn, wheat and sugar subsidies.

Now up for reauthorization for the first time since 2008, the Farm Bill is a behemoth piece of legislation that’s been said — without exaggeration — to cover “everything we eat, wear and drive.” Not surprisingly, it impacts the environment, local economies and our public health.

But what you may not know is that every year, thousands of acres of farmland here in the nation’s most densely populated state are permanently protected through the Farm Bill. Through its Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, 172 farms, most of them small and family owned, have been preserved across 15 counties in New Jersey.

The Farm Bill is a major funder of farmland and natural resource conservation programs in the Garden State. This is especially critical, since our small farmers don’t get the same crop and insurance subsidies received by large agribusinesses out west.

In addition to the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, the Farm Bill includes the Wetlands Reserve, Wildlife Habitat Incentive and Environmental Quality Incentive programs. These programs help farmers to transition to organic agriculture, conserve water quality and quantity and restore wetlands and grasslands.

Of the Farm Bill’s current spending of nearly $100 billion a year, about $4.5 billion goes toward conservation programs — but that may change. The Senate Agriculture Committee just cut conservation programs in order to reduce the federal budget deficit. There is talk of additional cuts, which would jeopardize the investment in jobs and local economies that conservation programs provide.

The Farm Bill has long been criticized for promoting factory farming and unhealthy foods. To address that problem, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has proposed to transform the Farm Bill into a healthy food bill. Her amendment would reduce crop insurance subsidies, restore funding to nutrition programs and redirect $500 million to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to schoolchildren. Arecent survey of American attitudes toward agriculture, the environment and the national budget, found that most of us support healthy foods, conservation and small farmers. Here are some of the findings:

• 78 percent said making nutritious and healthy foods more affordable and more accessible should be a top priority in the next farm bill.

• 57 percent opposed cutting funding for conservation programs, saying these programs save money by preventing pollution.

• 75 percent said helping family farmers stay in business should be a top or high priority in agriculture policy and 31 percent would make it the top goal of subsidy programs.

Our nation’s Farm Bill should support farmland and natural resource conservation, healthy foods and small farmers. You can help. Call U.S. senators and your congressional representative at the Capitol switchboard at 202-224- 3121. Ask them to retain the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program and other programs that help save Garden State farmland. Emphasize its benefits to our state, our local economies, our health and our quality of life.

New Jersey now has more than 2,000 preserved farms totaling nearly 197,000 acres … no small potatoes. A transformed Farm Bill can help this state we’re in preserve even more farmland in the years to come.

To learn more about the Farm Bill, go to the American Farmland Trustwebsite atwww.farmland.org or the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy website at www.iatp.org.

And if you’d like more information about conserving New Jersey’s precious land and natural resources, please visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s website atwww.njconservation.org or contact me at info@njconservation.org.

Michele S. Byers
Executive Director
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Far Hills

via Farm Bill is no small potatoes to New Jersey | eb.gmnews.com | East Brunswick Sentinel.