Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!
Mullica Hill, NJ
Our work in the Delaware River and Bay is focused on protecting, restoring and maintaining functioning ecosystems, which includes American shad and other fish that rely on fresh and salt water.
We're grateful for the partnerships and persistence of folks like Steve Meserve and his family, operators of the Lewis Shad Fishery, who provide a voice for the Delaware River.
From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award.
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At Jersey Legacy Farms, one of the largest organic farms in the state, owner David Sheppard is leaving his children a legacy of clean water and sustainable harvests. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Sheppard has converted from sprinklers to drip irrigation, which uses roughly two-thirds less water than traditional methods. In exchange for an organic-farming lease at our nearby Gandy's Beach Preserve, he completes restoration projects like invasive species removal, helping achieve dual missions.
"It gives me a certain sense of satisfaction knowing that the changes I'm making today will create a sustainable future for the next generation of Sheppard farmers," Sheppard said.
"We've really expanded our impact by working with area landowners," said Les Frie, the Conservancy's stewardship manager in New Jersey. "Well beyond what could be achieved through working on Conservancy lands alone."
Did you know that fruits and seeds from insect-pollinated plants account for more than 30 percent of the foods and beverages that we consume? That makes their decline all the more troubling.
Native bee pollinators are in sharp decline around the world. Habitat loss, pesticide use and diseases threaten their populations. In New Jersey, Nature Conservancy scientists are working with farmers to increase habitat for native bees. You can help too, with simple steps to increase pollinator habitat in your backyard. Learn more.