THIS PROJECT IS CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH SJC’S COMMUNITY COMPOSTING INITIATIVE WHICH IS COMMITTED TO GROWING THE NUMBER OF FOOD SCRAPPERS IN JERSEY CITY! LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT PROJECT HERE.
SJC’s Good Food Now! initiative is a Jersey City food systems networking and education project to help existing and planned urban farming efforts, community gardening projects, farmers markets, CSAs, and healthy wholesale, retail and cooperative food enterprises find synergies to work with one another toward improving access to local and healthy foods across ALL Wards of Jersey City.
Our focus includes education initiatives and community projects that inspire local economic development opportunities associated with OUR FOOD and creating new models for collaboration that further our values, e.g., SJC inspired the Culinary Conference Center food services operation to purchase 4 shares from the Journal Square CSA. This breaks new ground in Jersey City, where institutional purchases from a CSA had not happened before.
Going further, we are working with our partner St. Paul’s Center of Caring on many sustainability fronts, including exploring ways their food pantry operation, The Sharing Place, can expand healthy food access for their clients. Already the P.E.A.C.E. Garden provides in-season garden food to Sharing Place clients and is a great example of food growers working in partnership with orgs that provide services to those in need. However, more support is needed for the food pantry network in Jersey City and we’re very interested to connect with Chefs who would be interested to work with us on this outreach effort.
SJC supports the SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT, the Buy Fresh Buy Local initiative and emerging opportunities for landing Community and Incubator Kitchens here in Jersey City. We also have a regional Food Hub focus in bringing best practices to our food planning, producing, distribution and healthy eating network through regional partners that many of us are already working with, e.g., the Grace Communications Foundation’s Sustainable Table program and regional NGO Red Tomato.
October is National Farm to School Month !!
~ We’ve been bringing school district champions and food activities together in Jersey City for the last few years and this was one of our favorite events – we need to do it again! Lunch Lady Boot Camp Event With NJ Farm To School
- See key collaborators behind SJC’s Sustainable Schools initiative / “Permaculture For Kids” program.
New 2015 SJC alliance with the Jersey City Gardening Coalition to help bring Permaculture Principles to garden sites across Jersey City – YES !!
Announcing A NETWORK OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY GARDENS (NSCG) – new project initiative !! See new data collection tool and MAP of all of Jersey City’s gardens. As part of this NSCG initiative, read about the the LAUNCH OF ‘FARMING CONCRETE / BARN‘ FOOD SYSTEMS ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR JERSEY CITY !! Networking our community gardeners across Jersey City and helping you all to tell your garden stories, is just one of SJC’s GOOD FOOD NOW! project goals. This new tool will help bring a wholistic view to all of your efforts and bring resources to your programs. 2015 Update – ALL Jersey City Community Gardens Are Already Listed in BARN !
We’ve even included the Jersey City Community Garden Network in SJC’s EAT WELL GUIDE (EWG) FOR JERSEY CITY as a local food and foraging resource – more about SJC’s EWG below.
SJC’s EAT WELL GUIDE (EWG) FOR JERSEY CITY is supported by the GRACE Communications Foundation and the Eat Well Guide organization. We hope this will inspire more Sustainable Table organizations that support Farmers to land in Jersey City and more healthy and affordable eating establishments to emerge in every neighborhood across the city.
Here Are 2 Sustainable Table Restaurants We Want You To Know About – More Fun Videos To Come !
And Here Are Some Other Opportunities To Connect !
~ YES ! Farmers Markets are great places to socialize and learn about healthy eating options, AND a way to get to know OUR FARMERS. Here’s the 2015 List !
TEDx Manhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” has ended – this FIVE YEAR LONG Event has achieved its awareness goals and the amazing team behind that program is now migrating to a new platform to build this community – CHANGEFOOD.org – stay tuned to their big FALL 2016 event in NYC!!
- SJC is long standing supporter of TEDxManhattan network of food advocates and practioners – THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM FOR THE NORTHEAST !!
- Local / Regional Champions who spoke at SJC’s TEDx Manhattan ‘Changing the Way We Eat’ 2014 VIEWING PARTY at The Barrow Mansion March 3rd 2014 – Bios Here
See SJC RESOURCES page for more Food Systems info.