Students Stand up for Farming

Farmers_Fight_2012_Logo[1]Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encourages consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, and farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community.

‘Farmers Fight – Stand Up’ is a powerful video filmed in contemporary style that can be viewed @
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoGib8AfZo&feature=share

Maybe this is what area school board members [and the Dept. of Higher Ed] need to see before they cut AGRICULTURE from our schools…. If we don’t teach our kids where their food, clothes, books, pencils and paper come from, WHO will? Please share this video on any public/social networking page you can.

Sustainable Ag Marketing: Four Resources on Engaging Food Bloggers

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Engaging food bloggers to write about your products, services, farm and market, has become a cost effective and efficient marketing tool to create an online presence without having to become a blogger, or web master, yourself.

produce businessThink about those anonymous restaurant reviews in your local newspaper. How much more influential are they than even a paid ad talking about your operation. The only difference is that a blog’s readership likely reaches well beyond your locale, and with a very targeted and interested (i.e. engaged) audience, it can be very effective in influencing consumers, lots and lots of consumers. [Read more…]

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Growing Alternative Vegetables and Herb Crops from around the World

There are a number of profitable alternative world crops that can be grown in New Jersey to satisfy the demand for fresh produce by immigrant populations. These crops are suited to diversified small to mid size farms where high returns per acre is required.

Click the image to explore alternative crops by country or through the search crops feature.

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WorldCrops, a collaborative project by Cooperative Extension of Rutgers, UMass, and Cornell, provides information on vegetables and herbs that can be grown in our region. Click the image to explore alternative crops by country or through the search crops feature. Contact Rick VanVranken for guidance.