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   New Jersey Conservation Foundation is committed to promoting discussion,  

    networking and knowledge sharing among land trusts, grassroots groups and other

    nonprofits involved in land preservation and stewardship.

    The New Jersey Land Trust Network meets throughout the year for presentations         and discussions on various topics including policy, fundraising, mapping, membership     and board development, and best practices. The Land Trust Network is a program of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, supported by Victoria Foundation.



Thanks to volunteer Carolann Clark who designed the logo for the NJ Land Trust Network.  To learn more about her work, contact



Building a Resilient Food System:

Partnerships with Conservation Organizations




DateTuesday, June 7

Time:  10 am - 2 pm

Place: Conference Room, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown

Cost:  FREE    Lunch provided.

Register here

Program:  Close to 40 percent of the land farmed in New Jersey is by someone who does not own it.  Conservation organizations can play a role in linking new and existing farmers to underutilized farmland.   The American Farmland Trust has partnered with land trusts in the Hudson Valley of New York to help farmers gain access to land, including preserved land.  This workshop will gauge interest in bringing the program to New Jersey.  In addition, we will explore how the River Friendly Program can promote sustainable farming.    A panel will discuss three exciting programs:

  • Growing Farmers’ Access to Land:  David Haight from American Farmland Trust will discuss the FarmLink program underway in the Hudson Valley.  
  • Growing Farmers:  Kate Munning  from the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm (CSG) in Frelinghuysen will describe the CSG’s  intern program that has fledged new farmers in New Jersey and elsewhere.
  • Promoting Sustainable Farms:   Marcus Gray from North Jersey Resources Conservation & Development will describe the  River Friendly Farm certification program.  The program is a way to assure consumers that a farm is managed to protect water quality.   

Thanks to the Foodshed Alliance and Ridge and Valley Conservancy for organizing this workshop about building a resilient food system in Northern NJ. The topics are identified in the Foodshed’s Alliance’s recently completed report – supported by the Dodge Foundation -  on how to build a resilient food system for northern New Jersey


Who should attend:  Nonprofit conservation organizations,  farmland owners, administrators of farmland preservation programs, members of local government agricultural boards,  students in agricultural and sustainability fields of study, interested public.  Organizations are encouraged to bring landowners to this program.


We will also tour farms applying these programs on a date in July.  More information to follow.


Upcoming 2016 Programs


Sessions suggested and under development:

Understanding 990sWI

Geo Web/Mapping/GIS WI

Partnerships among Nonprofits with the Dodge Foundation

Successful Event PlanningWI

Technology and StewardshipWI

Working with the PressWI

Diversity in the Work PlaceWI

Environmental Education/ Meet ANJEEWI

Restored Wetlands with the NJ Recreation & Park Association, November


Previous Sessions:

Environmental Advocacy:WI  January 26, Watershed Center, Pennington

Meadows Management:WI    February 17, Bamboo Brook, Far Hills

Working with Interns:WI          February 29, Watershed Center, Pennington

Learn NRCS Programs:WI         April 14, NRCS Offices, Somerset


Share your issues and topics!


Please contact Laura Szwak ( or 908-997-0720) to suggest program or topic ideas.  Also, if you would like to host a Land Trust Network meeting, please let Laura know.   Outdoor programs encouraged in warm weather seasons!



The Land Trust Network values our partnership with the Watershed Institute, a program of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.  Those workshops marked with  WI  will be organized in partnership with the Watershed Institute. 




Updated April 19, 2016













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