VIDEO: New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Explores South Jersey Farms as Part of TourPosted:
VINELAND - These are just some of the many products that make up jersey fresh produce. New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, Douglas Fisher is traveling South Jersey to meet farmers and help spread the word about Jersey Fresh.
“It’s the most densely populated state in the nation," said Fisher. "And yet, we have some of the most extraordinary farmers that farm over 7,000 acres of land in our state. New Jersey is special because of the wondrous products that we grow.”
As part of his “Jersey Fresh Love” tour, Secretary Fisher is introducing the Department of Agriculture’s social media campaign, to help encourage South Jersey to post pictures of Jersey Fresh products.
“We’re getting lots of responses, you know, people really do love Jersey Fresh, they love what we grow here, in our Garden State, and are responding well," said Fisher. "And we’re delighted that farming families are inviting us on to showcase what it is that we do.”
Besides exploring the different farms, supermarkets, and wineries that use Jersey Fresh produce, Secretary Fisher is asking farmers what issues they have, and how the state of New Jersey can help solve them.
“The labor shortage, need to get VISA’s for our men, so they can go back and forth to their country, and also the chain stores," said Nick Bertonazzi, Owner of Genoa Farms. "We’d like to see if they would work with us on the periods of when the produce is in a glut, if they would lower their prices, it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks where they could lower their prices and help stuff move off the shelves for us and keep us going.”
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