Nofa-NJ Annual Winter Conference Coming Up!

Princeton, NJ — Thoughts on food and food for thought, as well as local, organic food will be offered at an expanded 21st Annual Winter Conference on January 29 and 30, 2011 at Princeton University. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey’s (NOFA-NJ) Winter Conference, is the premier gathering for organic and sustainable food, farming and gardening community in the state. This year’s conference, a two-day event titled Sowing New Seeds, offers over 40 workshops on a wide range of food, gardening, and farming related subjects.
Featuring an informative and exciting keynote address by Dr. Michael W. Hamm of Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University promises to offer insights into rethinking how we grow, transport, and eat our food. There will be workshops for livestock producers, vegetable growers, homesteaders, consumers, and, new this year, Beginning Farmers. Topics include Addressing Food Issues, Natural Beekeeping, Western vs. Traditional Diets, Composting at Home, Alpacas 101, Conserving Farmland, Backyard Chickens, Running a Successful CSA, and Lawn Alternatives. This year also launches the first NOFA-NJ Kid’s Conference presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Farm to School Network. Some of the topics for children include Homemade Scents, Worm Composting, and Taste Testing, Vertical Gardens, and Supermarket Spy Kids.

Discounts on registration are available for those who register prior to January 17th and for NOFA-NJ members. New and Beginning Farmers can apply for a full scholarship to this conference. If you are considering farming as a business or have been farming for 10 years or less, please apply at

The conference promises to offer an educational and community-based experience with organic, local and sustainable food production and delivery issues at its heart and will be the event to attend for anyone interested in becoming more involved with these topics. Over 500 people are expected to attend. For more information, please visit: or call the NOFA-NJ office at 908-371-1111 x5. Major conference support provide by Princeton University and Princeton Environmental Foundation.

NOFA-NJ is an association of consumers, farmers, & gardeners working to create regionally-based, economically-viable organic and sustainable agriculture systems in New Jersey andEastern Pennsylvania. NOFA-NJ’s programs are made possible with large support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Whole Foods. To find out more, visit

1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens