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Let's meet at the NOFA-NJ 33rd Annual Winter Conference in New Brunswick on Saturday, January 28, 2023!


The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) Winter Conference is not just for farmers and gardeners… Its community and audience include students, educators, ag industry professionals, chefs, land stewards, conservationists, foodies, brewers, and more.

This year, they aim to galvanize our community in a time when cooperation is needed most, focusing on local connections and collaboration that carries on into the growing season.

CATA's Food Justice team and some volunteers from our Community Garden in Bridgeton, NJ, are excited to participate in this Conference and meet you there!

Please come by our table during the lunch hour at the Exhibitors Hall. We will share information about our programs and services, the Youth Food Justice Program, and how to volunteer at our community garden.

We are especially interested in exchanging information about growing and using herbs to heal our community's leading health problems.

This year we coordinated Spanish language translation services for a few selected workshops we plan to attend as a group, so our members could receive the information they need in the language they understand. See you!


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Health, economic disparities continue to affect coronavirus hot spots

“Current data collection masks infections in the meat- and poultry-processing industry, which nationally have been a covid-19 hot spot,” said Leila Borrero-Krouse, community outreach organizer of CATA’s Farmworker Support Committee in Maryland. Via The Washington Post.

Leila Borrero-Krouse, community outreach organizer of CATA’s Farmworker Support Committee, picks a cantaloupe that she later delivered, along with other produce, to poultry workers who live in Salisbury, Md. (Vanessa G. Sanchez/The Washington Post)

Mental health of migrant workers now in focus

“I was going through a depression … because of my education,” he said. Aquino-Huerta worked 16-hour shifts at a greenhouse so he could pay to attend classes at Rowan. “It … just depressed me because I didn’t have anybody to rely on. So it was hard … I just never really spoke about it with anybody because I … felt like nobody around me was able to relate.” Via NJ Spotlight News


Aug. 11, 2022: Edgar Aquino-Huerta, a farmworker organizer at El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) and Luciano Perez-Lopez  photographed in Hammonton. Perez-Lopez is working in the U.S. on a H-2A visa.

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