Thinning the Herd

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

What's the future of New Jersey farming? Richard Norz's family has owned a farm for 90 years but is selling off much of their livestock tomorrow. He's joined by Richard Nieuwenhuis, owner and operator of Boslands Flower Shop and Greenhouses and president of the New Jersey farm bureau.


Richard Nieuwenhuis and Richard Norz

Comments [10]


so you save the hardball questions for Lloyd Kaufman? what is this, april fools day?

Apr. 01 2009 12:06 PM
Robert Beacher from work

Talk about locally grown food, how about food grown in the US. The apple and orange juice fed to our public school students is made from concentrate from China, Chile etc.. As a New Yorker I am appalled that we don't give our students New York grown apple juice. As an American I am appalled that we don't feed our kids Florida grown orange juice. With the health concerns over products from china. Can't we do it better cheaper and safer???

Apr. 01 2009 11:45 AM
yk from williamsburg, brooklyn

there is always a long long line at the greenpoint greenmarket and at the Grand Army Plaza market for ronnybrook milk (local hudson valley producer). they sell out of stuff by noon, if not earlier......local milk is very popular. something is fishy with this story.....

Apr. 01 2009 11:44 AM
Catherine from Rockville Centre

what about Nassau County, Long Island?

I'd like to buy local produce and don't know where to do it.

Apr. 01 2009 11:40 AM
so sick of gross food

oh please. whole foods, wegmans, kings etc could sell LOCAL, ORGANIC milk at whatever they asked. instead they sell commodity brands shipped from hundreds of miles, nothing local.

Apr. 01 2009 11:38 AM
hjs from 11211

can he make cheese. the price of good cheese is high!

Apr. 01 2009 11:38 AM
David from Manhattan

This farmer guy should be ashamed of himself for using the economic situation as an excuse to promote his livestock sale when he just admitted that it is not the true reason for getting rid his cows.

Apr. 01 2009 11:38 AM
ryan k from williamsburg, brooklyn

with 22 new csa's (local communities partnered with local farms) starting up this year in nyc and 55 all ready in the mix, its seems a bit like sensational journalism to say "all the local farms are shutting down"......

come on! be better brian

Apr. 01 2009 11:33 AM
Linda from CT

I would be very interested to know if your guest or any callers/commenters have good information on how the legislation before Congress of HR 875 is going to affect local farming.

HR 875 is the "Food Safety Modernization Act" and there is much heated debate and misinformation flying around the web about its affect on small farms, organic farms, and whether it tilts the economic playing field (or planting field) to giants like Monsanto.

the legislation:

Apr. 01 2009 10:21 AM
organic ever since

state and towns own a bunch of land and rent or lease to local farmers. i once asked a farmer if he owned or rented. "i would never want this land," he said. "without fertilizer it is farmed out, dead as the moon." yuck.

so -- are towns paying way too much to buy from farmers who killed the land they had owned?

Apr. 01 2009 10:03 AM

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