FOOD & FARMING
Will the New Jersey Blueberry Fall Victim to Climate Change?
Scientists and environmentalists say the blueberry industry that was born in the acidic, sandy soil of the Pinelands could die there as well.
AMANDA STAAB / NEW JERSEY MONTHLY – Anthony DiMeo III is a fourth-generation blueberry grower in Hammonton. His great-grandfather purchased DiMeo Farm’s original blueberry bushes 105 years ago from Elizabeth Coleman White, the New Jersey woman who cultivated the world’s first commercially viable blueberry.
Now the enterprise that has sustained generations of DiMeo’s family could be in jeopardy. Climate scientists and environmentalists say the industry that was born in the acidic, sandy soil of the Pinelands could die there as well …