Funded! This project was successfully funded on November 17, 2012.

Update #5

Great news of incubator farm progress!

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Thanks to Kickstarter and all of our backers, progress at our incubator farm has been on the steady rise. The summer has been full of helping hands and hard work, from our staff and the local community. Projects on the farm have ranged from cooler construction and planning, to rain garden workshops and community planting. In the midst of it all, we are happy to inform the Kickstarter community that NOFA-NJ's incubator farm is now a proud owner of a wash stand, a rain garden, and finally a walk-in cooler! It would be a lie if we said that this was easy to accomplish, but it would be an even bigger lie if we said we could have done it with out all your support! We just wanted to say thanks again to everyone and below is a link to our NOFA-NJ webpage, so feel free to check out our programs and events or leave a donation to help us along with future projects. Thanks again!

http://www.nofanj.org/programs_incubatorfarm.html 

Check out the  pictures below of our hard work!

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Update #4 - For backers only

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Update #2

You can't stop us, Hurricane Sandy.

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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: It took us a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast to make our way from our cold, dark homes to the devastation at Duke Farms, the site of our NOFA-NJ Beginner Farmer Incubator.

The storm ripped the roof off our barn, and destroyed about $15,000 of brand-new electrical wiring. Trees are toppled everywhere.

But we're RESILIENT!

We found a working power outlet - finally! - and we're reaching friends in storm-damaged New Jersey and beyond to seek support for this amazing project, which you can now easily find at www.KickstartNOFA.org.

This storm disrupted supply lines. Supermarkets closed and gas stations ran out of fuel. It's still pretty hard to fill our gas tanks.

But this storm also reinforced what we so fervently believe: That delicious, organic food should be grown locally, in every community. That we must be sustainable and energy-smart.

Our program will train young farmers in every aspect of organic farming, and then help them find land to farm in communities across our state. We envision a day when every community in the Garden State - even our suburbs and cities - has a small organic farm that can provide fresh vegetables and even eggs and milk.

Kickstarter won't extend our Nov. 17 deadline, so we're hunkering down here and doing our very best under challenging conditions. We've also raised our goal to $50,000, which is the full amount we'll need to rehabilitate the inside of our barn, which needs plenty of work once the storm damage has been repaired. We also need to add a greenhouse and extend irrigation to the fields.

If you've been looking for a way to help New Jersey, this is it. If you're already a donor, THANK YOU! You can help us reach a wider audience by posting www.KickstartNOFA.org on your facebook page and encouraging your friends to pledge and share!

Thank you for being a part of our recovery and our campaign.

(Below) A view of our damaged barn. Can you believe it?

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    Thank You Photo Card of the Incubator Team - You're the Best!

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    NOFA-NJ Locally Grown Organic Seed Packet and Previous Level Reward

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    Commemorative Edition of Incubator opening "I SUPPORTED A FARMER" at THE NOFA NJ Center For Working Lands Bumper Sticker and Previous Level Rewards

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    NEW! Mmmm. Who doesn't love tasty spring greens? We'll surprise you with an assortment of four NOFA-NJ Locally Grown Organic seed packets and directions for growing the best salad you'll ever taste.

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    NEW! Think spring! We'll put together the perfect 10-pack of our own NOFA-NJ Locally Grown Organic seed packets and directions for growing a season's worth of vegetables.

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    1 Year Subscription (4 issues) of the awesome NOFA Natural Farmer Magazine and Previous Level Rewards

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    NEW! Farmer-for-a-Day! Spend a day in our fields and training center at historic Duke Farms in Hillborough, NJ, working with our experienced farmers. Depending on the season, you'll learn about planting, composting or harvesting and we'll treat you to a delicious lunch at the Farm Barn Cafe. Available May through October 2013.

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    1 full box of organic veggies from the new CSA at the NOFA-NJ Center for Working Lands + Commemorative Edition of Incubator opening "I SUPPORTED A FARMER" at THE NOFA NJ Center For Working Lands Teeshirt and Previous Level Rewards

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    NEW! We'll guarantee you a seat at our pre-conference workshop with either Michael Phillips or Ellen Ecker Ogden on Jan. 25 and a pass to the Jan. 26-27, 2013 NOFA-NJ Annual Food and Agricultural Winter Conference - Building on the History of Innovation in the Garden State, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ with special keynote speaker, Eliot Coleman. This reward includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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    NEW! We can help you create the ultimate backyard homestead! Our professional farm consultants will visit your backyard garden or your farm and answer all your design and planting questions. Available anywhere in NJ or add $50 for up to 100 miles out of state. Date in 2013 to be mutually agreed upon.

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    NEW! The Secret Garden Party. Treat up to 10 of your favorite children or adults to a gardening lesson at our farm. Meet a hen! Sow some seeds! Harvest leafy greens alongside our experienced farmers! We'll also treat you to a delicious picnic lunch from The Farm Barn Cafe. Available May through October 2013 at a mutually agreed upon date and time.

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    Magical candlelight farm-to-table picnic dinner for 8 under the stars featuring our produce, expertly prepared by one of our talented NOFA-NJ members who is also a professional chef. Available summer 2013 at a mutually agreed upon date.

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