Spring Has Sprung, State Agriculture Secretary Says Buy Local
Spring is in the air which means the planting season is underway. If you’re looking to spruce up your garden, New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher is urging all state residents to go to their local nurseries and landscapers and buy locally grown items. Fisher visited McNaughton’s Gardens in Somers Point today where he kicked off his Buy Local program.
“The season is starting and we want everyone in the state to realize just how much product is grown in New Jersey,” said Fisher. “Our farming families are producing plants that you can buy at your local garden centers. When you’re looking at plants, look for the Jersey Grown label. This year, we’ve added a new component, the Jersey Grown annuals which include bedding, vegetable and flowering plants.”
“We also have farmers who are growing birdseed and sustainable wood that is being made into bird houses. You can also get firewood that is from New Jersey,” said Fisher. “When you buy from your local farmer, you are not only supporting the local economy, but your plants also will have the best chance at survival because they are more acclimated to the soil and growing conditions of the state.”