10/28/11 Volume XLIV, No. 42
At the 185-acre Bobolink Dairy in Hunterdon County, farmers Nina and Jonathan White use milk from grass-fed cows is to make delicious organic cheeses. In the rich soils of the 476-acre Fichera farm in Salem County, Frank Fichera grows tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, lettuce, eggplants and other vegetables for sale at local markets.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, flowers, herbs and countless other agricultural products truly keep New Jersey the Garden State. New Jerseyans will . . .
10/20/11 Volume XLIV, No. 41
A newly-released study backs what open space advocates have long known: preserving land bolsters both the economy and the environment.
Southwick Associates, a consulting firm specializing in wildlife economics and statistics, recently conducted the study for the non-profit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. They examined the economics associated with outdoor recreation, natural resources conservation and historic preservation.
The report’s findings are . . .
10/13/11 Volume XLIV, No. 40
Despite a state “smart growth” policy, we’re still sprawling.
That’s the conclusion of a new Rowan University study with a sprawling title:Evidence of Persistent Exclusionary Effects of Land Use Policy within Historic and Projected Development Patterns in New Jersey: A Case Study of Monmouth and Somerset Counties.
The study compares residential growth patterns prior to 1986 with the booming period from 1986-2007. It found that before 1986, . . .
10/7/11 Volume XLIV, No. 39
Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai was born in the lush central highlands of Kenya.
When her work took her to poorer parts of Africa, she was struck by contrast between the two places. There she saw forests being clear-cut to make way for commercial agriculture, which eradicated biodiversity and caused drought and poverty. She took action! In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, which almost instantly improved the lives of thousands of poverty-stricken women . . .