9/27/13 Volume XLVI, No. 39
Innovation in farming is nothing new in this state we’re in. But a new program to help aspiring farmers succeed and gain access to farmlands is another New Jersey innovation.
The “incubator farm” program created by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) gives beginning farmers – who likely don’t own land – an affordable, low-risk way to start and grow their farming ventures.
Three start-up farms were just launched . . .
9/20/13 Volume XLVI, No. 38
Do you have visions of crawling into a cave with blankets and snoozing until spring, emerging only when New Jersey’s forests are once again carpeted with trout lilies and spring beauties?
Many creatures in this state we’re in are having those visions right now! But hibernation is more complicated than a long winter’s nap. Animals who prepare for winter have a variety of remarkable physiological strategies.
Over-wintering bats like federally-endangered . . .
9/13/13 Volume XLVI, No. 37
Water – clean and plentiful – is a luxury we New Jerseyans often take for granted. But as those who follow national and world news know, abundant drinking water is in heavy dispute in many places.
Almost 6 million residents of this state we’re in depend on the Highlands for their water. The rivers, streams, lakes and underground aquifers of this mountainous region serve as vast sponges and filters for a safe drinking water supply.
For the first time, the . . .
9/6/13 Volume XLVI, No. 36
Fall is coming, and with it the spectacular colors of turning leaves! But it’s not here yet, and don’t be fooled by curled, dead leaves on the tips of many tree branches.
These leaves are actually souvenirs of this past summer’s visit by periodical cicadas (Magicicada septemdecimum), those mysterious red-eyed insects whose deafening chorus filled many wooded areas of this state we’re in for weeks.
Depending on where you live, you may have . . .