A new business supporting farmers opens mid-pandemic

2020-04-29T16:28:36-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

Michelle Piacente and Erich Smith went ahead and opened the Farmer’s Grind on March 19 because of a dedication to supporting local farmers.
Photo courtesy of the Farmer’s Grind

by Courtney Llewellyn

Last summer, Michelle Piacente and her fiancé Erich Smith were struck with the inspiration to open a new coffee shop/farmers market inside Copia Home and Garden, serving Westchester and Fairfield counties in downstate New York. (more…)

Direct marketing ideas for the Garden State

2020-04-29T16:26:12-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

Lauren Errickson of Rutgers’ Ag Experiment Station makes a point about the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market.
Photo by Richard Skelly

by Richard Skelly

FREEHOLD, NJ – Bill and Lauren Errickson discussed new ideas for direct marketing to a packed house of vegetable and fruit growers as part of the Central New Jersey Vegetable Growers’ Association’s annual meeting. (more…)

Ethnic, specialty vegetables expert discusses options for Mid-Atlantic farmers

2020-04-29T16:22:42-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

Dr. Albert Ayeni makes point about ethnic and specialty crop research at NOFA-NJ 30th annual winter conference.
Photo by Richard Skelly

by Richard Skelly

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Many farmers offering produce in ethnically diverse states are experiencing growing consumer demand for vegetables like amaranth, roselle (a type of hibiscus), habanero peppers, okra and chufa (yellow nutsedge or tiger nuts). (more…)

Beware the bindweed, amaranth and waterhemp

2020-04-29T16:16:55-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, professor of weed ecology and management for specialty crops in horticulture, stated she is “really, really, really terrified” of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp getting footholds in New York State.
Photo by Courtney Llewellyn

by Courtney Llewellyn

Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor of horticulture at Cornell, focuses her work on biology-based research, crop injury and weed management. (more…)

It’s not business as usual at Jacavone’s

2020-04-29T16:11:19-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower East|

Jacavone’s protects the health of its employees, providing PPE, checking in daily and taking temperatures.
Photo courtesy of Jacavone Garden Center

by Enrico Villamaino

As the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on businesses of every stripe, entrepreneurs in the horticultural world are making every effort to keep both their employees and customers safe while continuing to serve their communities and keep their businesses afloat. (more…)

Timberline Landscaping keeps staff by transitioning to disinfection

2020-04-29T16:01:23-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower West|

By stepping up to offer disinfecting services, Timberline Landscaping has avoided needing to lay off or furlough workers in Colorado.
Photo courtesy of Timberline Landscaping

by Enrico Villamaino

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are scrambling to adapt to a marketplace very different from the one in which they were operating just a few short weeks ago. (more…)

Hoffman family legacy continues

2020-04-29T15:55:05-05:00April 29, 2020|Grower, Grower West|

They started in potatoes, but today, Hoffman Farms is all about the berries. Jay Hoffman showcases some of the strawberries that will either be sold to customers or baked into pies.
Photo courtesy of Melissa Berry

by Sally Colby

Hoffman Farms is located in the small farming community of Scholls, OR, but there’s nothing small about the farm. (more…)