Conferences, Events, Grants & Meetings

National Forum: Cover Crops and Soil Health
Sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (SARE), and USDA Natural Resource
Conservation Service (NRCS)

Feb. 18 - 9:15 am
Four Locations
Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center - Oxford
Snyder Research and Extension Farm - Pittstown
USDA-NRCS Service Center - Columbus
USDA-NRCS Service Center - Woodstown

Free. Registration is required.
Contact: Eileen Miller at or 856-205-1225 X125
Click here for more information.

Listen to key leaders, researchers, innovators and policy makers in
American agriculture as they examine the benefits, opportunities and
challenges involved with improving our soils. Live internet will be connect to
the national conference from Omaha, Nebraska.

Blueberry Food Safety Training
Sponsored by Rutgers NJAES
Location: Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry & Cranberry Research and Extension

Feb. 19 - 9:30-3:00
$40 per person (includes morning coffee/tea, lunch and materials)
Registration Deadline: Feb. 14

Topics: Tell Us What You Know, Where Growers are Losing Points on the
Harmonized GAP's Audit, Sanitation in the Packing House, Risk Assessment,
Writing an SOP

Download registration form. Contact Robin Yerkes at 609-726-1590, x4410

New Soil Health Initiative for 2014 Conservation Program
Sponsored by USDA

Deadline: February 21

Funding is available from the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP) for planning and implementation of multi-species
cover crops. No-till and nutrient management, are available through
the Initiative as companion practices.

NRCS has identified four principles as useful for improving soil health:
1. Keep soil covered as much as possible.
2. Use plant diversity to increase diversity in the soil.
3. Keep living roots in the soil as long as possible.
4. Disturb the soil as little as possible.

Click here for more information, or contact: Contact: Barbara Phillips,
Public Affairs Specialist (732) 537-6044 or

Grape Expectations
Sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension
in cooperation with The NJ Wine Industry Advisory Council and
the Garden State Winegrowers Association
Location: Forsgate Country Club

Feb. 22 - 9:00 am
$95 per person. $75 for additional industry members
(includes Continental breakfast and buffet Lunch featuring NJ wines)
Download registration form.

This program will look at understanding grapevine cold hardiness and
the methodology to mitigate fruit bud damage as well as understanding
the value of wine consultants to producing quality wine.

Food Safety & Harmonized Audit Training
Sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County
Location: Millville

Feb. 26 - 9:00-4:00
$40.00 per person (includes lunch)
Registration Deadline Feb. 21

Program Schedule: Risk Assessment, What is an SOP and how to write them,
Where growers are losing points on audits, Produce sampling results from 2013,
Food Safety Modernization Act produce rules and the Harmonized Audit standards

Download registration form. Contact Dr. Wesley Kline at 856-451-2800, x1

2014 Community Garden Conference
Sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Frelinghuysen Arboretum,
Greater Morristown ShopRite and Morristown County Park Commission
Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

March 1, 9:00-4:30
$60 (includes lunch)

Topics: Managing Important Diseases, Growing Herbs, Successful Seed
Starting Techniques, Using Row Covers, Coordinators Round Table,
Vertical Veggies and Trellis Making

Register online, call 973.326.7603 or download registration form.

2014 Central Jersey Turf & Ornamental Institute
Sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Location: Battleground County Club, Manalapan, NJ

March 6 - 9:00-4:00
$70 per person (includes lunch and fees)
Sign Up Deadline is Feb. 27

Contact: 732-462-7575 or
Download registration form.

Topics: NJ Pesticide Program Update, Ornamental Insect Problems,
Protective Equipment for Applicators, Downy Mildews on
Ornamental Crops, Integrated Approach to Nutrient Management,
Irrigation Strategies, Weed Control, IPM Approach to Controlling Mites.
Pesticide Credits Available.

Rutgers 38th Annual Home Gardeners School
Sponsored by Rutgers NJAES and the Office of Professional Continuing Education
Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick

March 22 - 9:00-4:00
$60, register by March 10
$75, register after March 10
$55, Master Gardeners Discount Fee (register before March 10)
$10, lunch

21 New Topics. Get expert instruction in the most innovative gardening and
landscaping subjects available. Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Sciarappa,
Agriculture & Resource Management Agent, RCE, Monmouth -
Creating Natural Barriers with Seaside Horticulture: Master Gardeners in Action!

Register online, by mail/fax or by phone. Home Gardeners School Flyer, Download your application.
Click here to register online and for more details.

Sandy Victims
April 18 Deadline

Eligible New Jersey landowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy can apply now
the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) second round
of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program ? Floodplain Easements
(EWP-FPE). Interested landowners should contact their local
USDA Service Center

Download more information here.


Organic Farm Advisory
Sponsored by Rutgers NJAES
Location: Terhune Orchards, Lawrenceville

Feb. 12 - 10:00-2:00
$10 per person (includes lunch and program materials)
RSVP is required.

NJ growers using organic methods will focus on a variety of research results and recommendations,
relative efficacy of OMRI approved pesticides and cultural practices to reduce disease pressure.

USDA Grants are available for small farms with annual sales under $250,00 and mid-size farms with annual sales
under $500,000. Farms with projects that contribute to the well-being of your surrounding communities and institutions,
support how your project is communicated to other farmers and provide benefit to the farm community may be
eligible for $70-$100k. Deadline is Sept. 26, 2013.

Do's & Don'ts of Writing Your Agricultural Business Plan
Thursday, August 15
12pm-1pm and 7pm-8pm
     Achieve your goal of starting or expanding your farm by researching and writing a business plan! Learn how to
examine the pros and cons of a new farm business venture. Seasoned farmers can re-evaluate your current
business goals.

Identifying & Reaching Your Target Market
Friday, August 16
12pm-1pm and 7pm-8pm
     Get your questions answered about how to get more customers, identify your target audience, where to spend
your money, plus time and how to more effectively connect with your customers.

Presented by
     Jenny Carleo, County Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County
     Dr. Robin Brumfield, Extension Specialist, Rutgers University
     Rick VanVranken, County Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County

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112 Rider's Lane
New Brunswick, NJ
Fridays, May through October, 11am-5pm

Rutgers University and Rutgers Gardens wishes to help support the local farmers, as well as the local community
and economy, by utilizing an area at the entrance to the Gardens, adjacent to Ryders Lane, for the Market.?
The market will give commuters and students easy access to fresh, locally grown crops and commodities.?
It will also provide “one-stop-shopping” for local restaurants looking for a variety of products from a diverse group
of farms and vendors. The market will promote sustainable farming as well as focus upon recycling and conservation.
2013 Farm Market Vendor List

For more information on how you can become part of this exciting venture between local farms and
Rutgers University please contact Mary Ann Schrum

Where Food Comes From!
Suydam Farms

Skillman Lane & Rt. 27, Franklin Township, NJ
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Noon to 4:00
See a working farm and help start seeds for this year’s harvest. Free wagon rides, sheep shearing, bees and honey,
Farm Equipment, Plowing. Plant a tree, milk a goat, make some dirt, stall irrigation, greenhouse plants. Rain or shine.
Questions: 908-526-6293
Directions and Details:

Making Your Land Available For Farming
The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ)
are sponsoring meetings for landowners and farmers to discuss leasing experiences, resources, and opportunities. The meetings
are designed for farmland owners who are interested in making their land available for farming as well as farmers who are
interested in starting new lease relationships. These meetings will focus on new resources as well as creating new lease
opportunities by connecting landowners and farmers.
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
March 7: Warren County Cooperative Extension Office ? Belvidere, NJ
March 12: Atlantic County Cooperative Extension Office ? Mays Landing, NJ
March 14: Monmouth County Cooperative Extension Office ? Freehold, NJ
Questions: 908-973-111 or

Feb. 5-7, 2013
Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ
For more details:

Sponsored in part by a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant from the
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Genesis Farm, Rutgers Cooperative Extension,
and D&R Greenway are also helping sponsor the meetings.

June 4, 2012. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Genesis Farm. Blairstown, NJ
June 6, 2012. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Salem County Office. Woodstown, NJ
June 12, 2012. 2:00pm-4:00pm. D&R Greenway. Princeton, NJ (nonprofit, land-trust and public-entity landowners)
June 14, 2012. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Mercer County Office. Lawrenceville, NJ

Learn and discuss your leasing experiences, share resources and talk about opportunities with the State Agriculture Development
Committee (SADC) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ). These regional meetings are planned
for farmland owners who are now making or are interested in making their land available for farming.

Participants will learn about access-to-land issues, hear about leasing needs, perspectives of farmers and recommendations,
network, offer feedback and obtain leasing opportunities through Farm Link, NOFA-NJ and the new Beginning Farmer Project.

For more details about the SADC:
Call for information: 908-973-1111

who started up or transitioned into farming
with little or no experience

May 1, 2012
Cook Campus Center Multipurpose Room The Farm Productivity Analysis class at Rutgers University SEBS is partnering up with
the NJ Farm Bureau to present a seminar highlighting the stories of local farmers who started up or transitioned into the farm
business with little or no experience to begin with. The NJ Farm Bureau is very excited about this venture that it has decided to
form a collegiate Farm Bureau group here on Cook Campus of Rutgers University.

This seminar is supported by Dr. Mike Westendorf and Ms. Joanne Powell, of the Department of Animal Science and the
Cook College Farm, this panel promises to be full of information for anyone currently in the business of farming looking to
transition to a new method or anyone looking to jump start their farming career.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Westendorf or Joanne Powell. Please let Dr. Westendorf
know if you plan to attend.

March 12, 14, 15, 16, 21, 29, 27, 31 & April 5
Attend one or more of the workshops being offered throughout the state to learn how the Natural Resources Conservation
Service can help you improve the natural resources on your operation. Workshops will feature one specific topic,
like energy conservation, forest management, or specialty crops. Each will include presentations about the technical and
financial assistance available from NRCS and how to develop a conservation plan. NRCS soil conservationists will be
on hand to help answer questions and/or to help you begin an application for NRCS assistance. Registration is required.
Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities is available at all sessions. Please request any necessary disability
accommodation when you register. Flyer pdf

April 1, 2012, 10-4PM
Philadelphia Convention Center Annex
Presented by Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture)
Stay tuned to this link for more info:
PF3 brings together local farmers, growers and producers with businesses large enough to wholesale, and also able to
sell directly to consumers in and around Philadelphia. We anticipate approximately 100-150 farm booths displaying their
products and sharing their stories. There will be a morning “trade show” session open to commercial buyers only,
enabling them to meet farmers and discuss potential business relationships. There will be access to the farmers’ display area,
a keynote speaker, and a series of workshops with an emphasis on consumer issues and lifestyle topics. Workshop presenters
will be drawn from farmers, farm educators, chefs, restaurateurs, bloggers, composters, and other advocates for sustainable
agriculture, local food systems, and green lifestyles.

March 2-5, Riverhead, NY
“Shared Challenges, United Goals”
Growing Farms & Farm Businesses, Panel of Female Entrepreneurs in New York Agriculture, plus other topics.

February 21, 7 pm
learn more here
Learn how to set the “right” price for your products. We'll explore practical approaches to cost-based pricing,
and learn how to integrate market information ? what your competitors are charging ? and your own profit goals
in your pricing decisions. Participants will learn how to use the new, online Vermont Direct Price Reporting tool to
get a snapshot of market conditions, and growers will share their approaches to integrating production costs,
market information and farm goals into their pricing strategies. Participants in this webinar will be eligible for
small-group pricing clinics and farmer-to-farmer mentoring in February and March through the UVM Extension
Vermont Direct Market Price Project.

February 11, 2012 (snow date February 12, 2012), 12-4PM
Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd. (CR510), Morris Township, NJ 07960, 973-326-7645,
Sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Chapter of Slow Food in partnership with the Morris County Park Commission.
The event will bring together local farmers and food artisans for an afternoon of sampling and purchasing.

For prospective or current farmers working with Agritourism and Direct Marketing.
These day long events are sponsored by a Specialty Crop Block Grant through Rutgers NJ Agricultural
Experiment Station Cooperative Extension, NJ Farm Bureau, NJ Department of Agriculture, and USDA.
Contact - Michelle Infante-Casella: 856-307-6476.
NORTH JERSEY: 1/24/2012. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Snyder Research and Extension Farm, 140 Locust Grove Rd. in Pittstown.
CENTRAL JERSEY: 1/25/2012. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Burlington County, 2 Academy Dr. in Westampton
SOUTH JERSEY: 1/26/2012. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rutgers Cooperative Extension,
Gloucester County, 1200 N. Delsea Dr. in Clayton.

23rd Annual Winter Conference - Be Inspired This Winter!
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Jan. 25-27, 2013
Keynote speaker Eliot Coleman, author of The New Organic Grower.
Jan. 25, 2013: Pre-conference workshops: Organic Apples and Healing Herbs with Michael Phililps
and Designing Basics for Your Kitchen Garden with Ellen Ecker Ogden.
For more details:

  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
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