How to Know if You Have Enough Native Pollinator Habitat

Fifer Orchards Farm MarketThis month in Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe – How to Know if You Have Enough Native Pollinator Habitat Serving Your Farm, we look at whether the global call to set aside cropland for native pollinator habitat applies to New Jersey farms.
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If NJ urban fringe farmers manage or set aside land for native pollinator habitat, are they likely to gain any yield benefits?

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Farm Calls: Vineyards, Helicopters, Frost Protection …and Right-to-Farm

This week brings a call from a wine grape grower asking if the use of helicopters is among the accepted standard operating procedures in fruit growing regions during Inversion Layer Freezes. [Read more…]

High Farmland Prices – Low Farmland Rents

This month in Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe – High Farmland Value, Low Farmland Rent: Unintended Consequences, we explore how extraordinary high NJ cropland values became coupled with surprisingly low cost farmland rents. [Read more…]

Farming 7,500 acres by Cell Phone

This month in Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe:
First Generation Farmer of the Future – 7,500 acres conventional & organic cash grains by cell phone.

We dig deep into the nature of ag entrepreneurship, and how to profit using a non-judgmental approach to both conventional and organic production by supplying different markets. [Read more…]