New Jersey has rightfully earned its nickname as the Garden State, with agriculture as New Jersey’s third largest industry. The state’s cash crops of peaches, cranberries and blueberries are consistently among the top produced in the nation. But as the most densely populated state, in fact roughly 14 times more crowded than the rest of the country, maintaining that moniker hasn’t always been easy.
Correspondent Briana Vannozzi spoke with NJ Spotlight Editor-at-Large Colleen O’Dea about a special report by the NJ Spotlight and NJTV News teams that examines the rise and fall of agriculture, where it started and where it’s heading.
View the multimedia experience at NJFarmland.org.