Business updates: New Jersey Produce

05/28/2010 08:58:23 AM
Abraham Mahshie

“There is a growing demand for local home-grown product,” said Ben Casella, field representative.

“They are very popular to local towns, to the local consumers, and a lot of farms have been able to capitalize on this.”

Some markets will open in May to sell spring vegetables, while the remainder will open by mid-June.

Organic group offers help to first-time growers

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, Hillsborough, is starting a beginning growers program this fall for first-time growers seeking assistance with organic and sustainable growing, said David Glenn, executive director.

“This fall we will be taking up applications for the first farmers to enter into the program,” he said.

“It is located on Duke Farms in Hillsborough, a couple hundred acres. But we are talking to other partners around the state and looking at building this network of beginning farmer training.”

If land can be acquired, Glenn hopes the farmer program will have various plots throughout the state.

As for the enrollment, Glenn expects up to 10 growers this fall, with hopes to grow by an additional 5-10 growers each year as farmland and training spaces become available.


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