Thursday, April 6, 2017

Farm & Fork Society Presents River Bend Farm

Last month we introduced you to Circle Brook Farm (watch here). This month please enjoy our mini-documentary (below) on River Bend Farm in Peapack, NJ who provides us with beef and pork shares. Thanks to Maxwell Kaps for his great work! We hope that you will watch and share.





TIME TO JOIN THE 2017 SEASON!

Just over sixty days until opening day! That may seem like a long time but for our farmers it's around the corner. It is time to sign up for the 2017 season! The farmers need the funds to get the season started and get to work! T

he deadline for the 2017 season is May 1. (If you need to set up a payment plan, let us know. We will be happy to work with you.)

If you cannot join us this year, please consider donating to our fundraiser Generation Zero: Working to Reduce Hunger in NJ. All money raised goes to purchase fresh produce from our farmers to donate to 3 local food pantries. With online fundraising, member donations and sponsorship by Investors Bank, we have already raised over $6,000! Our goal is to raise $15,000 so we can purchase 15 vegetable and 15 fruit shares.


To donate go to http://generationzerohunger.org

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Farm & Fork Society presents Circle Brook Farm


This season marks Farm & Fork Society's 10th anniversary. For a decade, we have been dedicated to building an integrated community comprised of our farmer partners and members. We believe in a system that connects small local farms and businesses directly to the community and have always been dedicated to the health of our members by supporting farmers with the best environmental practices. We value the importance of fostering deep, meaningful relationships between our farmers and the community

To visually show our commitment, last summer we worked with recent Millburn High School graduate, Maxwell Kaps, to create a series of mini-documentaries about our farmers.

The first one is on John Krueger, Circle Brook Farm, our organic vegetable farmer.

We hope that you will watch and share.

And don't forget to sign up for the 2017 season. Click here to join.


Friday, March 17, 2017

2nd Annual Generation Zero: Working to Reduce Hunger in NJ

Please join us in raising money for the 2nd Annual Generation Zero: Working to Reduce Hunger in NJ


New Jersey faces a food insecurity crisis. Nearly 150,000 people go hungry everyday in Essex County, alone - the highest rate for any county in the state.

Last year we raised over $5,000 to purchase fresh produce for the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges and the Food Pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange.  This year our goal is to raise $15,000 and we will add Isaiah House in East Orange to list of recipients.

The donated produce will help feed more than 600 individuals per week.

The fundraising program has two prongs:  

  • Over 1.1 million people are food insecure in New Jersey.  About 45% of the them do not qualify for government assistance because they make a little more then the amount that you need for help. In Essex County alone, there are about 141,000 people (out of 800,000) who are food insecure.
  • Our local farmers need our support. Farming is a hard business, and the farmers always strive to provide the community with quality, delicious produce at affordable prices. However, it has become increasingly more difficult to do so. Some key challenges our farmers face include: climate change, drought, decreasing bee populations, limits on hiring migrant workers, and competition from big food businesses. Now more than ever they need our support. Without our support these small local farmers will most likely go out of business.
All funds raised by Generation Zero will go to purchase weekly produce from Farm & Fork Society for these food pantries. In turn, these organizations can rely upon a weekly source of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

The cost for one 24-Week Vegetable & Fruit Share is approximately $1,000. Our goal is to purchase at least 15 shares.  



Investors Bank has graciously sponsored our fundraising effort and  committed to donate significant amount of money! 



Thank you for your support.


Click HERE to Donate.



Background:  Generation Zero was originally started by Elijah Goldberg as “mitzvah” project in Spring, 2016, to mark his 13th Birthday.  The term mitzvah is a Hebrew word that has come to express an act of human kindness.  Learning that there are over a million people who are food insecure in New Jersey, 1/3 of them are children, Elijah decided to do something. The name Generation Zero is derived from Generation Z (aka Gen Z) those born in years that range from the mid-1990s to early 2000s.

Elijah and Farm & Fork Society have teamed up in 2017 to reach a broader audience.