The class started their latest session with a focus on the Infrastructure of Agriculture in New Jersey. Starting the session at Readington River Buffalo Farm; Erick Doyle, Owner, gave the class an overview of not only running the only bison farm in the state but how it used various state programs and funding to help improve his farm. Erick, an alum of NJALDP, showed the class three different successful NRCS guided soil retention projects that greatly improved the usable pasture area on his farm. Getting to see a project of such scale evidenced the importance of collaboration between various constituents within the state to help support farmers like Erick Doyle.
Communication continued to be a major part of this session when Class 12 was fortunate enough to spend a few hours talking to Joe Atchison from the Department of Agriculture and Brian Schilling from Rutgers Cooperative Extension. With relationships being such a major part of agriculture in New Jersey, understanding the value each organization provides is critical for successful farming. Joe and Brian both explained the importance of their respective organizations and how they are both working to improve agriculture throughout New Jersey. The seminar wrapped up with a question and answer session which explored issues presented by the class with hopes of finding new and successful ways of dealing with the current challenges we face in the Garden State. Being able to have these conversations is one of the major benefits of this program and the class would like to thank Joe and Brian for their continued support of the program.