September 12, 2018
We had a blast at the University of Maryland Easter Shore (UMES) Small Farms Bus Tour last month (and the pictures to prove it). The tour was sponsored in-part by the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach, the Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and the USDA Renewable Resources Extension Act. The goal of the event was to provide farmers with valuable insight on how to increase their bottom line through agritourism, value-added products, and agricultural diversity.
All photos taken by the talented farmer and photographer, Shayne Darling-Meyer. For more of her work, visit her on Instagram @shaynesplantedbymd.
We were able to see all of the interesting test plots Rutgers was studying including tiger nuts and “super hot peppers” including Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpian, and Ghost Pepper.
Rutgers University Research and Development Farm, New Brunswick, NJ
We ended our trip to an aquaponics operation, which unlike many other operations of its kind, raised Koi instead of edible fish.
Benni Hanna Nishikigoi / Rowan University Research and Aquaponics Center, Carneys Point, NJ