Oct 22, 2021 12:15 PM
Eric Derby, SAgE Program Manager
The Foodshed Alliance's Sustainable Agriculture Enterprise (SAgE) program

Ever drive by the Abbey on Route 206 in Andover and wonder what's going on next door? Now you will find out!

The Foodshed Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Enterprise (SAgE) program is designed to address one of the biggest challenges to New Jersey farmers—access to affordable farmland. New Jersey has the second most expensive farmland in the country yet has preserved more of its farmland than any state in the country, about 29%.

Through this program, the Foodshed Alliance works with land trusts that hold deed-restricted farmland and facilitates farmers’ access to affordable 10-year lease agreements. Short-term leasing (usually 1 year) is the norm in New Jersey on deed-restricted farmland, and this is problematic for farmers since it inhibits investment in infrastructure and long-term improvement in soil health, critical to farmers using sustainable methods to produce food.

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We will also welcome our High Point High School Student of the Month - Joel Morales!