Category: Crops

Finding Your Markets for Niche Berry Crops
October 23, 2017October 23, 2017
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Finding Your Markets for Niche Berry Crops

On October 18, NOFA-NJ held another workshop in a series on small-scale berry production.  All of the niche berry classes we have held this year have been fully-subscribed with waiting lists, indicating strong interest in the cultivation and sale of such varieties as gooseberry, elderberry and aronia berry (pictured).   Attendees have a range of reasons...

Pest Advisory: Spotted Lanternfly
October 10, 2017October 10, 2017
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Pest Advisory: Spotted Lanternfly

New Jersey is preparing for an invasion of a tree-killing pest, the spotted lanternfly.  The spotted lanternfly hails from Asia, where natural predators keep the insect at bay.  Discovered in  Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014 the insect attacks as many as 70 tree and plant species including fruit trees and hardwoods.  The insect has now...

NJ’s Pumpkin Crop
October 2, 2017October 2, 2017
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NJ’s Pumpkin Crop

What better way to get ready for Halloween than by visiting your favorite NJ pumpkin patch!  If you are interested in picking that perfect pumpkin for carving jack-o-lanterns, look no further than your local farm. A healthy amount of rain in the state, a mild summer, and plenty of sunshine have produced a remarkable harvest...

Growing the NJ Wine Industry
August 22, 2017August 24, 2017
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Growing the NJ Wine Industry

When you think of wine, places like Italy, France, and California come to mind.  Hardly ever do wine connoisseurs think of New Jersey as a place to find exceptional wines. However, in blind taste tests, participants choose New Jersey wines over California varieties. Over the past decade, New Jersey has become the seventh largest wine...

Can’t find Jersey-fresh organic blueberries?
August 1, 2017August 1, 2017
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Can’t find Jersey-fresh organic blueberries?

A century after it was cultivated, New Jersey is now in the top 10 blueberry-growing states in the nation, but locally grown organic can still be hard to find. Source: Can’t find Jersey-fresh organic blueberries? Here’s why | NJ.com

One of the best things about summer…
July 10, 2017July 12, 2017
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One of the best things about summer…

Peaches! Nothing beats the taste of a ripe juicy peach in the summertime.  Lucky for us New Jersey’s peach crop is looking great this year. Be sure to stop at your local farm to taste one of the delights of summer before it’s too late! Source: http://www.njherald.com/20170709/summers-beginning-to-look-just-peachy#