50th Anniversary

Underserved market helps Chef’s Garden survive

When Bob Jones Sr. was a kid, Huron, Ohio, was known as a vegetable-growing community. There were probably 20 vegetable farms along a single road. Now, there’s only one: The Chef ’s Garden, his family’s... more »

Buurma Farms survives a century of change

Not counting two years in the U.S. Army, Curt Buurma has spent his entire life growing vegetables. And at age 76, he’s still on the farm every day – even though he retired a decade... more »

Cornell develops peach-sized strawberry

The newest Cornell University strawberry variety concentrates flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand. Topping out at over 50 grams, Archer, the latest creation from Cornell University berry breeder... more »

Food safety concerns have roots in ag production

People have been getting sick from eating food for as long as humans have been eating food. In the last few years, as the federal government has tightened safety regulations across the food supply chain... more »

Food safety, labor complicate vegetable growing at Uesugi Farms

Joe Aiello has seen plenty of changes since he bought Uesugi Farms in 1979, mainly in the areas of food safety, irrigation and labor. Farming today requires complex management skills and greater patience – patience... more »

Irrigation evolves from cumbersome sprinkler applications

Irrigation of vegetable crops has a lengthy history, driven by the reality that water is a finite resource. The emphasis on having the proper amount of water for successful plant growth continues to increase. According... more »

Vegetable farm follows in patriarch’s footsteps

After farming in California’s Salinas Valley since the 1930s, agricultural legend George Tanimura died recently at age 100 – but Tanimura & Antle (T&A), the company he helped create, continues its momentum. “Uncle George worked... more »

Storage techniques transform vegetable industry

Cooling has been central to the idea of food preservation almost as long as civilization has been around. Evidence for cooling by evaporation or storing in caves goes back thousands of years. Ice houses were... more »


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