Category: Crops

Agricultural Justice- What does it mean?
December 19, 2017December 19, 2017
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Agricultural Justice- What does it mean?

Agricultural justice ensures the health and safety of farm workers and their families.  As farm workers are typically immigrants, it is harder for them to speak up against injustice for fear of deportation. Sustainable agriculture must ensure standards of living for both humans and animals.  One easy way consumers can support businesses that adhere to...

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING
December 12, 2017December 13, 2017
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CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING Here is a link to a wonderful summary of true sustainability in agriculture, from friends in Bangladesh.  Ubing.org Post   – This is a must read! “To realize the principle of biodiversity-based ecological farming, Nayakrishi farmers follow ten simple rules following the ten fingers of two hands. Fingers...

Cover crops provide essential resting areas for migrating birds
November 29, 2017November 29, 2017
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Cover crops provide essential resting areas for migrating birds

A new study published by the University of Illinois, delves deep into the relationships between agricultural fields and migratory avian species. Graduate research assistant Cassandra Wilcoxen monitored birds in corn and soybean fields with and without cover crops.  She tracked species and counted individual birds in study sites. Fields with cover crops provided an important...

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

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