Farming for suburban sprawl.
New Jersey agriculture, once dominated by vegetable crops, has been outpaced by "crops" for lawns and gardens.
Nursery sales account for 40% of farm revenues, nearly double the once-dominant category, which included tomatoes, sweet corn and melons.
Garden State researchers say the increase is fueled by suburban sprawl and the opportunity to make more money. For example, greenhouses could generate $35,000 per acre for bedding plants. Nurseries could make about $38-hundred per acre for trees and shrubs. By comparison, field crops such as corn and alfalfa generate $115 to $480 per acre. And most fruits and vegetables earned $3,000 per acre.