Greenwich Township, Warren County
Photo Courtesy The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
Farms and farmstands, and orchards and vineyards, abound in the New Jersey Highlands. Nearly 13% of the land in the region is dedicated to agricultural uses. Agriculture provides jobs and contributes to our local economy. Farms add to the scenic beauty of the region, and provide opportunities for tourism.
Farming is a way of life for many. The state and local governments recognize the benefits agriculture adds to the economy and to the quality of life in the Highlands. However, agricultural viability remains at risk due to high operating costs and development pressures.
- 118,000 acres in the New Jersey Highlands were in agricultural use in 2002.
- 27,500 acres of farmland have been lost in the Highlands between 1986 and 2002.
- 330 farms in the Highlands have been preserved since 1983.
Support Local Farms
- Buy local, buy fresh - at roadside stands and community farmers markets. See www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh and www.foodshedalliance.org
- Buy organic - visit the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey's website at www.nofanj.org
- Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and contract for a share of the produce. See www.nofanj.org and www.localharvest.org
- Pick your own - fruits, vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, etc. See www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh
- Cut your own - fresh Christmas trees. See www.njchristmastrees.org
- Plant your own - New Jersey grown flowers, shrubs, trees, etc. See www.state.nj.us/jerseygrown
- Take a farm tour or stay at a farm bed & breakfast. See www.visitnjfarms.org