River Friendly Farm
The River Friendly Farm Certification promotes environmentally friendly farms and recognizes farmers who are stewards of their land and surrounding water resources.
The River Friendly Farm Certification started as a project of the New Jersey Water Supply Authority and North Jersey RC&D with funding through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and New Jersey Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The certification enjoys support from leaders in both conventional and organic agriculture, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations supporting conservation and resource protection.
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RIVER FRIENDLY FARMS ARE EVALUATED BASED ON THEIR COMMITMENT TO:
Reducing the flow of excess nutrients and chemicals into waterways and increasing water infiltration to support groundwater recharge and reduce flooding.
Ensuring long-term productivity of soils by encouraging natural soil functions and reducing erosion.
Creating a healthy ecosystem for fish, amphibians, birds, and insects.
Building resilient soils that promote water infiltration and sequester carbon in the soil.
River Friendly Farm is a voluntary certification program with standards rooted in sustainable agriculture practices. Farm eligibility is determined by an agricultural specialist and committee. Consumers can purchase products from certified River Friendly Farms knowing they are supporting farmers who are good stewards of our land and water resources.
The River Friendly Farm certification program is administered by North Jersey RC&D and the Foodshed Alliance.
The River Friendly Farm certification is supported by grant funding that includes the William Penn Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.