Successful Urban Fringe Farmers
Know More than Just How to Grow Crops

This month in the Sustaining Farming on the Urban Fringe Newsletter, we look at the skills growers in our state are required to have in order to be successful. View the Newsletter

Mark Carduner, owner of Working Dog Vineyard and Winery in Hightstown, explains vertical trellising, judicious herbicide use, disease and canopy management customized to each varietal. Discussion topics relevant to his urban fringe location included wonderful customer clientele and supportive community, but also bird damage, neighbor communication, herbicide drift precautions, marketing challenges, and occasional air quality impacts from proximity to NJ Turnpike.

Your Footprints in Our Fields: Farm Internships

The world has serious problems to solve and it needs your help. Sustaining agriculture to provide quality food, fiber, and landscape beauty for our planet is about training new farmers, and more. Farmers require a variety of support systems to be successful. Knowledge of agriculture is integral to a wide range of careers. Rutgers is dedicated to providing individuals with the tools to solve the difficult problems facing our state, nation, and world.

Interested in being part of the solution to major world problems? Come get your hands dirty with us.

Bonos_Stacy__Miscanthus_2Our students and farm interns come from diverse backgrounds and go on to serve the changing needs of agriculture and all related fields. As active participants in cutting-edge research and its direct application, they gain character building experiences, comprehensive knowledge, leadership skills, and develop life long relationships. [Read more…]

Farmer Agritourism Resources: Hospitality Training

Happy-CustomerIf your operation includes visitors, you are part of New Jersey’s agritourism industry.

As the season begins, it’s a good time to think about how your staff interacts with visitors. Happy customers are the key to a successful business. The Agritourism Team at Rutgers NJAES has put together information to help you and your staff learn how to exceed the expectations of your visitors.
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Is Your Town Farm Friendly? A Checklist

Agritourism in Hunterdon County Fall 2011Towns who encourage agricultural activity retain the benefits inherent in local farms of open space, food security, energy independence, and healthy communities. Citizens and town decision makers need to consider the following to ensure protection of their town agricultural base. [Read more…]