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Edible Garden receives USDA grant for organic certification costs for its Warren County facility

Company’s Zero-Waste Inspired® mission aligns with USDA objectives

BELVIDERE, NJ (Warren County)Edible Garden AG Incorporated, a leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), locally grown, organic, and sustainable produce and products, Monday  announced that the company has received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Organic Certification Program administered by the Hackettstown Farm Service Agency.

These funds are designated to reimburse organic producers and handlers with financial assistance to reduce the costs associated with organic certification, as well as processing/handling certifications.

“We are pleased to receive this grant from the USDA’s Organic Certification Program, overseen by the Farm Service Agency. The grant provides reimbursement for a number of the costs associated with our organic crop certification, and related costs at our Belvidere, New Jersey facility. Being at the forefront of controlled environment agriculture and committed to local, organic, and sustainable produce, organic certification is a key advantage for the Company. This award builds on our existing collaborations with the USDA,” Chief Executive Officer of Edible Garden Jim Kras said.

“Earlier this year, our Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Edible Garden Heartland facility also received a similar grant. Moreover, we’re currently partnering with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USDA, and EPA on research focusing on nanobubble technology’s role in ensuring the safety of fresh produce and processing methods. The Company’s Zero-Waste Inspired® mission aligns seamlessly with the USDA’s objectives, and we are eagerly anticipating more opportunities to collaborate and contribute to the world of sustainable agriculture through future projects,” Kras said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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