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.
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 infiltration and sequester carbon in the soil to promote natural climate systems.
River Friendly Farms is a voluntary certification program based on standards that define sustainable agricultural practices. Farms that meet River Friendly Farm standards, as determined by a certification committee, can use the River Friendly Farm Certification to differentiate their products, strengthen their brands, and support credible claims for environmental responsibility.
The River Friendly Farm Certification program is administered by North Jersey RC&D and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority, as well as, an advisory council composed of other non-profits and agencies.
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.