Agriculture

Kickstarter helps fund New Jersey Organic Farming incubator program

Kickstarter helps fund New Jersey Organic Farming incubator program

It was a matter of months before the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey turned the worn and unkempt land on Duke Farms in Hillsborough onto a functional incubator for beginning farmers. Now NOFA-NJ is gearing up for one of its busiest summers yet. Its members held their first farmers market on Memorial Day, selling vegetables grown in the incubator. They plan to hold one every weekend and schedule tours of the site through the fall. The farm will also host the NOFA-NJ Summer Food Symposium on June 21,…

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PEI potato-growers turn to crowd-funding to save family farm

David Best, shown in a frame grab from his Youtube video about Best Acres Farm.
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David and Brian Best, father and son potato farmers on Prince Edward Island, are using the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to try to raise $200,000 in a desperate attempt to save their family farm. “This is like the last straw,” says Brian Best, 44, in the video posted on the website explaining their plight and plan. “And we are going to pull it because we are fighting for the family farm.” For nearly 80 years, the Bests have farmed near Tryon on PEI. But this is the first spring in 55…

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Agriculture startup grows crowdfunding platform to feed the hungry

Fquare

Farmland is a key part of American history and its economy, and yet people today are increasingly disconnected from the land and people that grow our food. Fquare is a company that helps investors customize and manage their land investment portfolio, and today it announced that it’s launching a crowdfunding initiative to feed the hungry. Food may be everywhere in America, but it is not always affordable. With 15 percent of the country living below the poverty line, many families cannot afford to buy nutritious ingredients, and too many children…

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