Criteria We Evaluate...

RIVER FRIENDLY FARM CERTIFICATION

River Friendly Farm Certification evaluates farms based on five categories.  Within each category, there are criteria that, if applicable to the operation, must be met in order for the farm to quality as River Friendly. 

Producers are authorized to use the River Friendly Farm name and logo and receive our marketing materials only after their application is accepted and the three core requirements are completed.

River Friendly Farm certification is a voluntary means for agricultural producers and food companies to address growing customer demand for traceability, transparency, and social and environmental responsibility.  River Friendly Farm Certification is part of the non-profit organization, North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D). 

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Soil Health and Erosion

Preventing Erosion while Building Soil Quality

BASIC CRITERIA:

  • Little to no soil erosion

  • Good pasture management

  • Practices protect and increase soil organic matter

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Nutrient Management

Using Crop Nutrients as Efficiently as Possible

BASIC CRITERIA:

  • Right Rate

  • Right Placement

  • Right Timing

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Pest Management

Preventing the Spread of Pests and Reducing Pesticide Use

BASIC CRITERIA:

  • Non-Pesticide Measures

  • IPM Strategies in Place

  • Record Keeping & Calibration

  • Mixing and Storage precautions

  • Pesticide Selection

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Farmstead Management

Preventing farmyard run-off from impacting local water resources

BASIC CRITERIA:

  • Run-off management

  • Leachate and wastewater management

  • Concentrated livestock areas managed

  • Manure and compost storage

  • Litter and trash management

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Protecting Waterways

Riparian Buffers and Livestock Stream Exclusions

BASIC CRITERIA:

  • Riparian buffers on permanent waterways

  • Streams not impacted by on-site activities

  • Restricted livestock access to waterways

  • Irrigation water management