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NOFA NJ Sunday Brunch!

November 8th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on NOFA NJ Sunday Brunch!)

Please register at, or Call 609-647-9754 (lv message).

Join us on Sunday November 14, 11am – 1pm, for an Outdoor Celebration, perfect with Brunch by Jammin Crepes with Coffee provided by Small World Coffee and Specialty Herb Teas from North Slope Farm!

Please dress warmly, with sturdy shoes/ boots. We’ll be outside, served by Jammin Crepes Food truck with plenty of shelter, from the Event Tent, to warm Greenhouses. We expect our Lisianthus beds (pictured in header) will be blooming in time for the Gathering, should be very pretty!

The Eggs and veggies are local and Fantastic, NOFA NJ will be represented by Board Members and longtime supporters, as well as new and renewed Collaborators..

The Walking Tour of the Farm will take you through Greenhouses, in seasonal transition, visit the Sprouting Grains Project and the Hens who will benefit! Also Visit the Hazelnut Orchard, in its second year of Growth, with hay fields, Winter Wheat and Cover cropped Production fields, as well as our Permanent Raised production Beds.

North Slope Farm originally certified Organic in 1997, and is Certified Today. Organic Production is focused on fostering life and diversity in our Agricultural and Ecological Systems – to promote health, vigor and adaptability in a challenging World. Farmer Mike Rassweiler learned farming day to day, over more than 30 years, and is pleased to partner with NOFA NJ to celebrate Organic Practices and Living, as a clear path, for an Organic Future.

This Event has been provided for by Contributors to NOFA NJ, So your Generous Donation will go into future Programming and Regenerative practices!

Organic Open House – October

October 17th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops | References - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – October)

Adventures in Farming – Adopting New Strategies, adapting equipment and judging the results..

NOFA NJ is pleased to hear from and share with you, a report from the fields of Stephens Farm in Sussex NJ. This is a family, Certified Organic Farm, and they have been adopting the Practice “Cover Crop Termination with a Roller Crimper”.

North Jersey RC&D has been providing assistance for Farmers to terminate Cover Crops, in preparation for No-Till Plantings, and we will provide links to their findings and opportunities on this page, in preparation for the October presentation.

Also, Rodale Institute, has been recording data on different productions strategies for Decades, and we will include Links to their resources as well.

The Open House will be structured to present a fairly quick presentation of the Guests and their Info, starting at 6:05, to start, then we will open up for discussion and questions. The presentation will be recorded and available along with other NOFANJ YouTube videos, on line.

Please consider a donation to, your contribution is tax deductable and serves our Mission and Vision.

Organic Open House – September

September 27th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – September)

Organic Open House this September, will be held at Morganics Farm in Hillbourough, NJ.

Join us from 4-6 pm for a gathering of Farmers and Friends to talk about Organic Farming Practices, Discussions of experimentation in Reduced Tillage, and processing results, lessons and adjustments to practices.

NOFA NJ is a not for profit organization that welcomes your support, Please donate at, such that we can continue to provide workshops, education opportunities and Foster our ORGANIC FUTURE.

Organic Open House – July

July 28th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – July) Journey Person Program and Farmer Mentoring

Traditionally, if you wanted to learn how to Farm Organically, you would find a farmer who offerred an internship, and hope for the best.

NOFA-NJ, long ago realized that individual Farmers could only provide a limited experience for their apprentices and we worried that one farm might offer great learning and another less so.

Twilight Meetings were established, so Apprentices could visit multiple farms during the season and two very important things occurred. One was that new farmers saw that many farmers approach problems in many different ways, and no single answer is true for everyone… ie, dont be afraid to be unique, or to think outside the box, it might work for you. Another thing is that Farmers in Training, and Farmers themselves got to see that everyone’s Farm has problems and limitations..! Visiting another farm, during the season, you see the broken tools, the weedy beds, the harried washing station, and you realize, “My farm is not a failure, struggling with loss and hardship, is part of the Process, other farmers are also struggling with these things and somehow that is a relief..

NOFANJ is focused on Education and so we put our effort into an Annual Winter Conference, that changes year to year, and Annual Programs and Events..

Additionally, NOFANJ invested in developing a Journey Person Program – Designed to identify New Farming Operations that could use the support and encouragment of a Dedicated Farmer Mentor.

The FARMER MENTOR is a farmer, or retired farmer, who will actively meet with, ask questions of, seek resources for and follow up with, the Journey Person Farmer. NOFA-NJ welcomes folks who would like to be a recognized Journey Person Farmer, and we will connect you with a Farmer Mentor, as we have done for years. It is our hope that NOFA-NJ can also promote the Journey Persons, as we do by linking JP’s Social Media on our Journey Person Web page at

There have been many Journey Persons over the years, below is just a sampling of some that have been through the program but arent yet listed at;

John Knox, Dogwood Farms

Martenette Farms

Clifford Family Farm

Fields without Fences

Abes Acres

I encourage you to check out these Farms listed above, and to visit the Journey Persons social media links found under “Education/ Journey Person Program” at, to see whats going on, on Organic Farms in New Jersey, many of them supported by your support of NOFA-NJ.

Organic Open House – June

June 29th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – June)

NOFA-NJ and NorthSlopeFarm are pleased to welcome three experts from Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

Dr Andrew Wyenandt – Vegetable Pathology

Joseph Ingerson-Mahar – IPM coordinator, vegetables

Kristian Holmstrom – IPM Program Associate, vegetables

Organic Management Practices are the guides by which farmers can develop systems and strategies on their farms to avoid pest and disease problems.

Every Season has new challenges, and we hope to hear some stories from the field, about making sense of putting best management practices to work.

If you are unable to join the conversation, please look for the NOFANJ YOUTube page for this and other great recordings of Open Houses and alot of Programs!

Summer Solstice Celebration

June 29th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Summer Solstice Celebration)

Sunday June 20, 2021

At 5 pm, Farmer Mike will lead a fast paced field walk, to check out our Organic Hazelnuts, Hay Fields, Waterways, Special Projects, High Tunnel, Grain Trial Production, and Intensive Market Garden.  This will be FAST WALKING, and Brief Presentations of “what are we looking at..”  Self Paced tours encouraged, Questions and Discussion all Night..

6 PM Gather as the Community we Are, Attuned to the Sun and our Planet, Aching for the Losses, but Confident that the Earth is about LIFE, our Star is about ENERGY, and we all PART OF THE WHOLE.

POT LUCK DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY no dogs tho, physical distancing encouraged, social re-connection also encouraged.

Dress for the weather, Sneakers and Socks reccomended, Farm Parking at 386 Rock Road East, 08530.

Thanks everyone for a great evening!


June 10th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on COVID POLICY AND GUIDE)

In Person Events at North Slope Farm require that each individual be responsible to contain any Infections they may carry.

WEAR A MASK IF AT RISK, and to protect others,




napkins and paper towels to hold things, and wipe

things off, Dont handle things without realizing,

touching puts you (and others) at Risk of contacting

COVID and other contagious infections.


and items above, ARE THE BEST WAYs TO CONTROL


a risk to self or others.

Organic Open House – May

May 26th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – May)

This months Topic is a continuation of the Three Year Soil Health Grant, initiated by NOFA Massachusetts, with participation from 9 farmers in 3 States; Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

New Video Footage, By Kennette Productions, of this years soil monitoring, by the Project Leader, Caro Roszell, followed by comments and farming insights shared by the NJ participating Farms; IronBound Farm, Morganics Family Farm and North Slope Farm.

“This project supports the development of a learning community of northeast organic farmers who are integrating reduced and no-till methods currently on their farms, maps out what they are already doing and how it is working, defines what it currently means to be reduced/no-till in the northeast right now, and encourages further innovation, development, and education around these techniques to the wider farming community. The ultimate focus and goal of our investigation is to refine and educate about organic tillage reduction methods.” (NOFA Massachusetts website.)

This Open House will be recorded, and availble by searching for the NOFANJ YouTube Content.

Ill provide a link at this page once its posted!

Thank you for your interest in Organic and Soil based Farming in New Jersey, we love NJ and care to see it have a healthy and vibrant future.. Please follow this link to and offer your support by donating today!

Organic Open House – April

April 28th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – April)

Spring Planting requires planning and actions that start long before the Planting Date, Mike will present a quick roundup of images from NJ Organic Farms across the State.

Also, Following the Spring Update, we switch topics and Delve into Growing Organic Grains in New Jersey.. There will be a video presention of Grain growing operations at Zeng Farm and Morganics Family Farm, and an update from the NOFA-NJ Demonstration Grain Plots at NorthSlopeFarm, Wheat, Spelt, Rye and Eincorn.

Join us the Last Wednesday of every Month, 6pm -8pm. We are still in ZOOM mode (link on our home page for tonight), but hope to return to in person gatherings at NorthSlopeFarm, by late summer.

Organic Open House – March

March 19th, 2021 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Organic Open House – March)

Urban Agriculture is a great concept – Urban is so much of our New Jersey Reality, and Agriculture is about Food, Fiber and Human Investment in Providing for Ourselves.

Join Our March Organic Open House, to hear from guests, engaged in Urban Agriculture, and participate in discussion on the Topics that emerge!

Allen Shelton, Zena Floyd and a Youth Entrepreneur share their vision and experience working with Fresh From Zone 7, NJ Farm and Food Experts, to pull together a Pop Up Farmstand, in Montclair NJ, despite all the Challenges of the Pandemic. Allen hoped to connect his Youth Team to a local farm, but Covid restrictions made them have to shift the plan. Hear all about it, and their thoughts about expanding activities!

Isles, Self Reliant Families and Sustainable Communities in Trenton NJ, will be represented by Bitnari Kim, Urban Agriculture Coordinator. Isles Inc has been serving Trenton New Jersey since 1981. I first learned about their work through Howell Living History Farm, who has partnered with Isles by bringing Oxen in for Spring Plowing in Downtown Trenton! Lots of stories there, just for starters. Isles has many offerings, but we will be asking Bitnari to share stories of Urban Agricultural Projects.

The Capital City Farm, in Trenton New Jersey, represents an effort that reflects the potential of Urban Settings. How to identify underutilized Space, to focus investment, to foster something that offers an opportunity for healthy production. We will hear from John (Jay) Watson, currently with the NJ Conservation Foundation, as he shares the story of Capital City Farm, how it began, some lessons and where the future lies..

Amy Rowe, Ph. D., County Agent II and (Associate Professor), with the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension of Essex and Passaic Counties, will also be joining us. Amy will help us connect the discussion to the perpective of the Cooperative Extension for New Jersey – what factors do we consider when discussing Urban Agriculture, what resources exist, to understand and address the challenges and opportunities?

Agricultural Adventurer, Adam Forbes, has shared a slide show with some video clips of Urban Agriculture in Philadelpia. Adam wont be able to join our discussion but CLICK HERE, to visit the References Post where you can see inspiring photos of People Feeding Themselves in Urban Settings!

The Open House is an informal setting, to hear from special guests, speaking on a specific topic. We all can ask questions, and contribute to the discussion. Its a place where you can introduce yourself, please share your business contact information in the CHAT, so others can connect with you, networking is welcome and encouraged.

If you are unable to register in time, at, You can text Mike, up to the few hours before the event begins, and I’ll reply with an invite link for the zoom meeting. 609-647-9754