4/28/16 Volume XLIX, No. 16
As you may have heard, an invasive insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer is wiping out ash trees, one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and common native trees.
There seems to be no stopping the spread of these tiny winged insects, whose larvae tunnel through tree bark and eat the tender wood inside. Robbed of water and nutrients, infected ash trees die within two to four years.
But there’s still hope for future generations.
That hope is contained in seed . . .
4/22/16 Volume XLIX, No. 15
The Garden State may be renowned for tomatoes, corn, peppers, blueberries and more, but in contrast many of its urban areas are “food deserts” nearly devoid of fresh produce.
Food deserts are defined as geographic areas – often inner cities - where affordable and nutritious food is hard to find, especially for those without cars. According to a 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture study, some 23.5 million people across the country lack access to a supermarket within . . .
4/15/16 Volume XLIX, No. 14
Steve Krakauer of Basking Ridge is on a mission of the most enjoyable kind: Visiting all of America’s national parks, from Acadia to Zion.
“I’ve hit 41 of the 59 so far,” said Steve, an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking, biking, sailing and nature photography.
Steve’s quest began about five years ago, when he met a fellow traveler at Big Bend National Park in Texas whose goal was to fill a “passport” of visits to every national park. . . .
4/8/16 Volume XLIX, No. 13
Spring is here, and garden centers are filled with a mind-boggling array of flowers, shrubs and trees. You are already envisioning how great your yard and garden will look.
But before you choose your plants, do your homework to make sure they’re “Jersey- Friendly.”
You may not realize this, but many garden center plants have been introduced from other continents and can be extremely harmful to our state’s native plants.
These “alien . . .
4/1/16 Volume XLIX, No. 12
New Jersey is not only the nation’s most densely populated state, but likely the most diverse. Name any nationality or ethnic group, and chances are this state we’re in has an established community.
Density and diversity are two big reasons Ben Spinelli is optimistic about the future of farming in the Garden State.
“Our markets are like nowhere else in the world,” said Spinelli, a consultant on agricultural issues, at the New Jersey Land Conservation . . .