In 1876, Abraham Browning of Camden referenced New Jersey as the “Garden State” in a speech at the Centenial Exhibition in Philadelphia and the moniker has stuck ever since. New Jersey is home to over 9,000 farms covering 720,000 acres and brings in more than $1.1 billion in sales annually. The Garden State ranks in the top 10 nationally in variety of food and agricultural products including cranberries, sea scallops, blueberries, and tomatoes. Secretary of Agriculture, Douglas H. Fisher, encourages celebration of National Ag Day by appreciating the farmers who provide safe and affordable products, and boost the local economy.
From Morning Ag Clips: NJDA marks National Ag Day