NJ Farms: Exploring the Garden State
Although New Jersey’s nickname is the Garden State, most people think the New Jersey landscape is what they see (and smell) as they drive on the turnpike past oil refineries and shipping depots. From here, agriculture is mostly invisible. Despite this common perception, there are over 10,000 farms in New Jersey. Most of them are small- or mid-sized farms because New Jersey is the most densely populated state and land values are high. What do these local farms provide to society beyond pastoral landscapes? What is New Jersey agriculture, and how does it differ from other places? We will learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting local farms and asking the farmers themselves.