CNJIFT Dinner Meetings

CNJIFT Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Networking 5:00 pm | Speaker Presentation 6:00 pm  | Dinner 7:00 pm

Date:          Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Title:          The Meaning of USDA Organic
Speaker:   Al Johnson – Organic Inspector & Certified Agricultural Teacher, VP, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey
Venue:      Seabra Armory Restaurant, 200 Front Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861 Directions

johnsonWhat is the process that has gone into the organic claim of a farm field or a jar of tomato sauce?   

After a brief overview of organic agriculture, Mr. Johnson will focus on the history of the organic movement, the development and evolution of organic certification from small state programs to one overseen and regulated by the Federal Government.  Finally, these questions will be answered: What is the certification process all about and how does it work?  What does it mean to people growing and consuming our food?  What have been the benefits of the USDA Organic program and what are the problems?

Mr. Johnson farmed organically for 12 years & has now been an inspector of organic farms and food processing plants for 28 years. He has grown organically for over 40 years and is a Certified Horticulture Teacher. He grows most of his family’s produce and has taught gardening workshops throughout the northeast since the 1970s. Mr. Johnson has been a member of NOFA since 1978 and is currently Vice President of NOFA-NJ.

$60 – IFT Members before 12:00 noon 9/15/17
$65 – IFT Nonmembers & Members after 12:00 noon 9/15/17
$30 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members (with Advance Reservation)



APPETIZERS: Served during Networking Hour: Antipasto Display, International Cheese, Portuguese Sausage, Shrimp Patties, Mozzarella Sticks, Fried Calamari

SALADS: American Field of Greens served with Italian Dressing, Marinated Vegetable Salad, Shrimp Salad, Tricolor Pasta Salad Served in a Vinaigrette Dressing

ENTREES: Roasted Pork Loin Normandy, Chicken Francaise, Paella Valenciana, Roasted Skinned Potatoes, Seasoned Vegetables in Olive Oil, White Rice with Peppers & Onions

DESSERTS: Flan, Rice Pudding, Fresh Fruit Display, Chocolate Mousse

BEVERAGES: Unlimited Wine, Domestic Beer, Sangria, Soft Drinks, Water, Coffee & Tea