Daily Archives: March 23, 2015

Don Torino is Having Visions

“… visions of Orioles feeding on my Trumpet vine, Monarch caterpillars munching on milkweed and Hummingbirds visiting my Cardinal Flower dancing in my head.”

Like the rest of us, Don can’t wait for spring. Read his wonderful new article for Wild New Jersey here.

And don’t forget to sign up for his April 14th Lunch ‘n Learn talk Build a Better Butterfly Garden. $6/person, $5/MEC members. Register here.

How Does a Harsh Winter Affect Wildlife?

WildTurkey wikimedia“Freezing temperatures and record amounts of snow in New England have been tough on humans this winter. They’ve also made life difficult for many forms of wildlife. For some, including salmon and an endangered mussel, the worst may still be ahead because quickly melting snow could lead to heavy spring floods.”

While New Jersey didn’t get as much snow as Boston… it was certainly a tough winter…and apparently it’s not quite done with us yet. This article was compiled with the help of Meagan Racey, public affairs specialist with the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Read it here.

Newark Vertical Farm: Jobs and Fresh Greens

Aerofarms-NewarkThis $30 million project is underway now in New Jersey’s largest city. A former steel factory is being converted into the largest indoor vertical farm in the world, according to an announcement today from an investment group backing the development. The investors have partnered with Newark city officials and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to convert the 69,000 square foot facility in the Ironbound section of Newark.

Once completed, the facility will be able to produce about two million pounds of green vegetables and herbs each year. It will partially open in the second half of this year, the group said. Organizers plan to bring 78 jobs to the city by the end of 2015. Read all about it here.