SPARTA, NJ – Sparta will be the site of a Food Matters March, in connection with the global initiative Worldwide March Against Monsanto.  Locally organized by Wendie Goetz and Erin Shroll, the marcher will gather at the plaza in front of Sparta Town Hall at noon on Saturday, May 23.  Beginning at 1:15 they will parade to Dykstra Park.  They will be marching together down Main Street to the post office.  From there they will walk on the sidewalks to the band stage behind the Mohawk Ave School.

Organizers encourage participants to create signs or banners or come in a food related costume.  The march will be divided into nine contingencies: Food, Seeds, March Against Monsanto, Soil, Bees, Butterflies, Water, Air and Trade/TTP.

Once at the park there will be speakers to discuss Why Food Matters.  Organizers are seeking to raise awareness about the “war on plants, the resulting degradation of our land and the current misunderstood effort to control nature.”  There will also be musicians and food.

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They are calling for the community and the county to support Northwest NJ farms, farmers, food producers and restaurants who produce healthy foods and to support GMO labeling.

The supporters for the march include:

  • Foodshed Alliance,
  • Community Support Garden at Genesis Farm,
  • Harmony Starts,
  • Sussex County Food Co-op,
  • Sparta Farmers Market,
  • School Lunch Farm,
  • Edible Jersey,
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
  • Food & Water Watch,
  • Environment New Jersey,
  • Air, Soil, Water of Milford, PA,
  • Salon Fig,
  • Transitions Newton,
  • Northwest NJ Timebank,
  • Friends of the Medicine Wheel,
  • Skyland’s Group,
  • NJ Sierra Club,
  • Climate Action NJ,
  • Moms Across America,
  • NOFA-NJ
  • Baker Creek Seeds,
  • GMOfree NJ,
  • ClimateMama,
  • The Mothers Project
  • Mom’s Clean Air Force

Participants are asked to contribute non-GMO food for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Organizers have secured permits for the day’s events.  They do caution participants to be aware of local parking ordinances. 

Additional information about the event can be found at HarmonyStarts.com