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October 27, 2010

With sustainable farming and locavore produce now part of the national conversation, it's interesting that in 2008 New Jersey had only 67 certified organic farming operations -- putting it pretty much in the bottom half of states. California, in contrast, had 2,887 operations; New York, 803; and Pennsylvania, 420. Georgia and Oklahoma had about the same number of organic farms, 67 and 66, respectively.

In terms of acreage, New Jersey did somewhat better, with 10,595 acres devoted to organic growers, most of it pasture. In 2008, 1,680 acres were devoted to growing organic crops.

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