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New Jersey farm honored for charity

Now in its 100th year of operation, Von Thun Farms in Monmouth Junction, N.J., continues to provide portions of its fruit and vegetable harvest to needy residents of the region.And for their efforts, operators of... more »

Talkin’ Shop: What’s your take on organic farming?

Editor's note: This is a complete list of the responses to the Talkin' Shop question on page 35 of the June 2013 issue of VGN.I think organic farming is an excellent way of minimizing the... more »

Food banks a destination for unsold produce

To John Hamilton, donating the excess produce he grows every year to feed the hungry is a "good deal."Hamilton is among dozens of Springfield, Ill., area farmers who participate in "Plant a Row for the... more »

Freewheelin’ farmers ready to move on

After spending the past decade growing a sustainable small farm from a half acre of old farmland to a thriving eight-acre organic enterprise, the owners of Freewheelin' Farm in Santa Cruz County, Calif., are ready... more »

A little rain and a lot of faith

In the heart of the drought that hammered much of central Illinois this summer, at least one farm got just enough moisture to pull off a good season. The Garden Spot in Princeville, Ill., owned... more »

Growers will give ag a voice in Michigan Legislature

In November, a vegetable grower and a fruit grower were elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. Roger Victory, who grows vegetables in the Hudsonville area, will represent the state's 88th district. Dave... more »

Breeding programs focus on consumer of the future

Fruits and vegetables are important parts of a balanced diet, and making sure consumers have an abundant supply of them is part of the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) mandate.Genetic improvements in fruits and vegetables are... more »

Vegetable council hands out awards during Great Lakes EXPO

The Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) handed out two awards during the annual banquet of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO.Master Farmer AwardThe Master Farmer Award is given in recognition of outstanding farming... more »

New MVC president wants to tackle labor, public relations

Ralph Oomen is in line to become the next president of the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC). Currently the vice president, he'll start his two-year term as president in 2013.Ralph's family has been farming in western... more »

Minnesota pumpkin numbers looking good at season’s end

While most national attention is focused on the “Frankenstorm” that pounded the East Coast this Halloween, Minnesota farmers appear to have wrapped up a good to great harvest for most crops this season.We don't know... more »


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