Organic Farm Calls: Squash Vine Borer and IPM Thresholds

Squash Vine Borrer Injury

Squash Vine Borrer Injury

Recently, an organic grower with a variety of squash crops under low tunnels called Ag Agent Meredith Melendez about wilting plant symptoms. The various vine and bush varieties were decimated by squash vine borer (SVB) larvae root damage. Ornamental gourds were especially hard hit.
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Farm Calls: Which fruit crops are best suited for Pick-Your-Own?

Last week Meredith Melendez, Mercer County Ag Agent, fielded this question from a grower who currently runs an organic CSA and is considering adding PYO (pick-your-own) fruit to the farm’s portfolio.

Raspberries are a good option for PYO

Raspberries are a good option for PYO

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agents, including the Agritourism Team, weigh in with specific answers and solid advice.
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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: Apple & Peach Trees for an ‘Urban Ag’ Market Garden

This week, Mark Robson – Dean of Ag & Urban Programs – received a query from a community garden manager about expanding their small-scale ‘urban ag’ market garden to include fruit trees. She asked,

“We want to add approximately 12 fruit trees. What varieties of apples and peaches do you recommend for small-scale operations?”

Huerto Romita a urban agriculture project in the La Romita section of Colonia Roma, Mexico City. Photo: Alejandro Linares Garcia

An “Urban Ag” garden demonstrating light limitations and special protection requirements.


Choosing varieties is just one of many steps to growing fruit trees successfully. Let’s work through some of the challenges participants in a community garden will face before getting down to specific variety recommendations.
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