Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guideidentifies and celebrates more than five hundred U.S.-based groups including seven from New Jersey who are cultivating a better food system.
Foodshed Alliance is an organization that envisions a self-sustaining rural economy. Foodshed Alliance offers educational workshops on sustainable agriculture and locally produced food and also partners with local restaurants to host Farm-to-Fork events.
Garden State Urban Farms (GSUF) grows hydroponic crops that are used in restaurants throughout the state as well as in New York City. GSUF collaborates with schools and nonprofit organizations to provide low-cost nutritious food as well as educational and employment opportunities in the state’s urban areas.
Isles is an organization in Trenton, NJ that encourages healthy and sustainable lifestyles. The group supports more than 30 community gardens across the city and hosts programs such as YouthGrow, which educates schoolaged children about the importance of growing local food, and the Bee Colony Project, a project demonstrating the importance of pollinators to the food system.
New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition (NJAHC) is a network of food pantries and shelters that provides food to struggling families. NJAHC also educates citizens and policymakers alike about hunger in New Jersey and advocates for solutions to this problem.
New Jersey Farmers’ Market Council of Farmer’s and Communities (NJCFC) creates a network between the state’s farmers markets and farmers. NJCFC provides an economic stimulus for many businesses while giving farmers a venue in which to sell their produce and New Jersey residents access to local, nutritious food.
Table to Table is a community based food rescue program that works in the Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties of New Jersey. The program collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry. Table to Table collects food from 200 organizations and delivers it the same day to more than 80 community organizations.
The Youth Farmstand Program supports local farmers while developing the job skills of New Jersey’s youth. The program trains youth to operate neighborhood farm stands and employs them to sell local, nutritious produce to community members throughout the summer months.