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Jersey Fresh Farm to School

Jersey Fresh Farm to School The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Food and Nutrition, is a proud supporter of farm to school programs in the Garden State.

Finding ways for schools to serve locally grown, fresh produce in school meals, summer feeding programs and pre-schools, along with incorporating school garden education is the mission of the NJDA Farm to School Program. Thanks for visiting the Department of Agriculture's page. We ask that you please refrain from using any type of offensive language. Profane, threatening, racist or inappropriate language will be removed.

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Happy Farmer Friday & Happy Earth Day! Did you know hydroponic farming saves between 70-90% more water than soil farming...
04/22/2022

Happy Farmer Friday & Happy Earth Day! Did you know hydroponic farming saves between 70-90% more water than soil farming? GeoGreen, a hydroponic farm, sustainably grows leafy greens.

Fun Fact: According to a horse census by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NJ holds the title of the most densely popu...
04/20/2022

Fun Fact: According to a horse census by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NJ holds the title of the most densely populated state by not only people but horses. Tag your favorite NJ horse farm!

Challenge: spend time at a pick your own farm this week! There's plenty of spinach (Jersey Tastes! Harvest of the Month)...
04/18/2022

Challenge: spend time at a pick your own farm this week! There's plenty of spinach (Jersey Tastes! Harvest of the Month). Brussel sprouts are almost done but that did not stop us from finding a few. Specca Farms Pick Your Own

Thank you Alstede Farms Cheyenne's Road MarketCoombs BarnyardFernbrook Farms Environmental Education CenterRobbinsville ...
04/13/2022

Thank you Alstede Farms Cheyenne's Road MarketCoombs BarnyardFernbrook Farms Environmental Education CenterRobbinsville Hydroponic Farm for making a difference in Farm to School!

The NJ Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program. Application open...
04/11/2022

The NJ Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program. Application open to elementary schools with 50% or more free and reduced lunch.

https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/home/NJ%20FFVP%20Application%20Packet;%202022-2023.pdf

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you Reed's Organic Farm & Animal Sanctuary. Reed's Organic Farm focuses on abilities, not dis...
04/08/2022

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you Reed's Organic Farm & Animal Sanctuary. Reed's Organic Farm focuses on abilities, not disabilities by providing employment opportunities to community members living with cognitive disabilities.

Happy April! NJ Farm to School is so excited the harvesting season has begun. I bought some fresh spinach from Specca Fa...
04/04/2022

Happy April! NJ Farm to School is so excited the harvesting season has begun. I bought some fresh spinach from Specca Farms Pick Your Own & ate it straight away. Next time, I will save some for my grilled cheese, peach & spinach sandwich! Where have you found Jersey Fresh spinach? Tag them below
recipe link -https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/jersey-tastes/Spinach%20Jersey%20Tastes.pdf

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you Alstede Farms. Alstede Farms offers school tours and they are "willing to share their kno...
04/01/2022

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you Alstede Farms. Alstede Farms offers school tours and they are "willing to share their knowledge with anyone." They also provide many donations throughout the region.
https://www.alstedefarms.com/

Thank you to all the teachers who attended the #njagintheclassoom Teacher on the Farm workshop. We can't wait to see how...
03/30/2022

Thank you to all the teachers who attended the #njagintheclassoom Teacher on the Farm workshop. We can't wait to see how you bring the farm to your classroom!

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you Clover Valley Farm,  Danielle has been busy this week educating children, she says "To be...
03/18/2022

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you Clover Valley Farm, Danielle has been busy this week educating children, she says "To be able to cultivate an understanding of agriculture is invaluable." Check out her page to see more about her week.
Tag your favorite farmer

Fun Fact: A blizzard warning in NYC in 2015 caused several grocers to run out of kale. To read more about the "Rise of K...
03/07/2022

Fun Fact: A blizzard warning in NYC in 2015 caused several grocers to run out of kale. To read more about the "Rise of Kale" click on the link below
https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/jersey-tastes/Jersey%20Tast%20Kale%20Activity.pdf

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you @tjop10 - NJ Farm to School had the pleasure of meeting this young farmer and 20-21 FFA p...
03/04/2022

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you @tjop10 - NJ Farm to School had the pleasure of meeting this young farmer and 20-21 FFA president at the Ag Convention and her enthusiasm is infectious. Looking at these pics of cute baby cows, we now can see why she was so excited to be on a farm. Tag your favorite farmer to be the next Farmer Trading Card!

Happy March! NJ Farm to School is celebrating everything green, including our food! Start your day off with our Green Eg...
03/01/2022

Happy March! NJ Farm to School is celebrating everything green, including our food! Start your day off with our Green Eggs & Ham recipe, no food dye allowed in this version.

https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/Green%20Eggs%20and%20Ham.pdf

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you @enlightenedfarm - a non-profit program under the Hansen Foundation that works to provide...
02/25/2022

Happy Farmer Friday! Thank you @enlightenedfarm - a non-profit program under the Hansen Foundation that works to provide necessary treatment and programs for individuals healing from addiction. Enlightened Farm offers Therapeutic Horticulture as well as job training for adults in Recovery. Tag you favorite farmer!

Here is a fun activity for the kids...or kids at heart!
02/23/2022

Here is a fun activity for the kids...or kids at heart!

Happy Farmer Friday! Check out our "NJ Farm to School, Farmer Trading Card" @ramblin_sol_farm & tag your favorite farmer...
02/18/2022

Happy Farmer Friday! Check out our "NJ Farm to School, Farmer Trading Card" @ramblin_sol_farm & tag your favorite farmer to be the next Farmer Trading Card!

02/14/2022
February Jersey Tastes! is featuring Stupendous Sweet Potatoes. Get the kids involved making this fun & easy dessert.htt...
02/07/2022

February Jersey Tastes! is featuring Stupendous Sweet Potatoes. Get the kids involved making this fun & easy dessert.
https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/documents/Sweet%20Potato%20Souffle;%20Jersey%20Tastes!%20Recipe.pdf

Thank you @CheyennesRoadMarket for volunteering to be our first official "NJ Farm to School, Farmer Trading Card". Tag y...
02/04/2022

Thank you @CheyennesRoadMarket for volunteering to be our first official "NJ Farm to School, Farmer Trading Card". Tag your favorite farmer to be the next Farmer Trading Card!

February Jersey Tastes! is featuring Stupendous Sweet Potatoes. Start out your day with a delicious Sweet Potato Breakfa...
02/01/2022

February Jersey Tastes! is featuring Stupendous Sweet Potatoes. Start out your day with a delicious Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl. Recipe and video in link below.
https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/jersey-tastes/Sweet%20Potatoes%20Breakfast%20Bowl.pdf

Happy Friday! Are you a farmer or have a favorite farm connecting with schools in NJ? Tag them or let them know the appl...
01/28/2022

Happy Friday! Are you a farmer or have a favorite farm connecting with schools in NJ? Tag them or let them know the applications for the “Farmer Recognition Award" applications found in the link below
https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/news-events/

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Secretary Fisher stopped by the Isles Chestnut Avenue Community Garden Plow on Tuesday morning. The day featured members of the Howell Living History Farm providing educational sessions and a plowing demonstration that featured Belgian horses Bill and Jesse to about 200 students from the area throughout the day. The Chestnut Community Garden has been growing a wide variety of plants and crops since 1981. Jersey Fresh Jersey Fresh Farm to School New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension New Jersey 4-H New Jersey FFA Association
Secretary Fisher joined officials from Isles Inc., and the Howell Living History Farm to mark the start of the planting season with the plowing of the Chestnut Avenue Community Garden in Trenton this week. Secretary Fisher took the plow behind Howell Living History Farm Belgian horses, Bill and Jesse, as they led the way in preparing the garden for planting. Read more at https://bit.ly/3JiX8rQ Jersey Fresh Jersey Fresh Farm to School Isles Howell Living History Farm New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension Burlington County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cape May County Board of Ag Somerset County NJ Board of Agriculture New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey 4-H
A Jersey Fresh Farm to School tour for educators from around the state was held at Etsch Farms in Middlesex County on Tuesday. Caroline Etsch explained several methods she uses to help educate students about how crops grow and the general operation of a farm. There were about 30 educators in attendance for this session, with two more sessions scheduled, one at Etsch Farms, and another at Specca Farms Pick Your Own and Fernbrook Farms in Burlington County in April. Read more about the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Program at https://nj.gov/agriculture/farmtoschool/ Jersey Fresh New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension Vegetable Growers Association of NJ Burlington County Board of Agriculture Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cape May County Board of Ag Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Somerset County NJ Board of Agriculture New Jersey 4-H New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey Education Association N J School Boards Association
Happy National Agriculture Day! Secretary Fisher is calling on all New Jersey residents to celebrate the important place agriculture holds in their daily lives and the economic prosperity it brings to the Garden State. Read more at https://bit.ly/3iqe5p1 Jersey Fresh New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension Vegetable Growers Association of NJ Burlington County Board of Agriculture Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Cape May County Board of Ag Somerset County NJ Board of Agriculture Jersey Fresh Farm to School New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey 4-H #NationalAgricultureDay #njag2022
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Farm to School NJ assists students by learning the science behind farming to gain a greater understanding & appreciation of the environment. School garden programs can be integrated into many subject areas. To learn more, visit the Jersey Fresh Farm to School webpage https://bit.ly/3Mdgxgy
Secretary Fisher today announced that applications are open for the 2022 Jersey Fresh Farm to School Recognition and Award program to find the top school in the state participating in Farm to School activities. The program recognizes schools that work with farmers and the community to ensure students have access to healthy Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables in their school cafeterias and teach about agriculture through growing school gardens. The deadline to complete and submit the application is July 31, 2022. Read More at https://bit.ly/3CbGici Jersey Fresh Jersey Fresh Farm to School New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension New Jersey Department of Education New Jersey Education Association New Jersey School Boards Association Burlington County Board of Agriculture Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Cape May County Board of Ag Somerset County NJ Board of Agriculture New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey 4-H
The 107th New Jersey State Agricultural Convention is taking place today and tomorrow at Harrah's Resort and Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. The morning session featured remarks from Secretary Fisher, State Board of Agriculture President David DeFrange II, Assistant Secretary and Marketing and Development Division Director Joe Atchison III, and Department Policy Advisor Jeff Beach. The Department is also represented at the Expo with the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Team, and staff is there to answer questions about FSMA and the On-Farm Readiness Program. #njag2022 Jersey Fresh New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension Vegetable Growers Association of NJ Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ New Jersey FFA Association Burlington County Board of Agriculture New Jersey 4-H Jersey Fresh Farm to School
Applications for the USDA's 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant are now available. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2022. Read more at https://bit.ly/2P2qkge Jersey Fresh New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension Burlington County Board of Agriculture Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Cape May County Board of Ag Somerset County NJ Board of Agriculture Vegetable Growers Association of NJ New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey 4-H Jersey Fresh Farm to School
Attention Jersey Fresh farmers and their supporters! It is time to nominate local farmers for their Jersey Fresh Farm to School efforts. The Farmer Recognition Award is an opportunity to help farmers feature their Jersey Fresh produce in local school meals. Learn more & register: https://bit.ly/3GIMAS5
Secretary Fisher today announced registration has begun for farmers wishing to participate in the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award. The Recognition Award is an opportunity for farmers to highlight their Farm to School efforts and provide them with resources to help feature their Jersey Fresh produce in local school meals. Read more at https://bit.ly/3GIMAS5 Jersey Fresh New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension Jersey Fresh Farm to School Burlington County Board of Agriculture Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Cape May County Board of Ag Somerset County Board of Agriculture New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey 4-H
Secretary Fisher announced today that $10 million from American Rescue Plan State Fiscal Recovery Funds is being distributed to emergency feeding organizations throughout the state. The funds were provided to the Department through a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and will be allocated through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Read more at https://bit.ly/3DuuqC0 Jersey Fresh New Jersey Farm Bureau Rutgers Cooperative Extension The Community FoodBank of New Jersey Food Bank of South Jersey Fulfill Mercer Street Friends Norwescap New Jersey Norwescap Food Bank Burlington County Board of Agriculture Gloucester County Board of Agriculture Cumberland County Board of Agriculture - NJ Cape May County Board of Ag Jersey Fresh Farm to School New Jersey FFA Association New Jersey 4-H State of New Jersey