Strings dangling from a greenhouse-like tunnel dance when a breeze blows through Shirley Kline’s small farm, a wisp of rural beauty in a cantaloupe patch. The moment is not lost on the world-traveled farmer of 6 acres in Stow Creek Township, Cumberland County. "If you don’t take pleasure in being out here and working and getting your hands dirty, this isn’t the life for you," she said. Kline represents a dwindling portion of New Jersey agriculture – the smallest acreage farms…Richard VanVranken, Atlantic County’s agricultural agent with Rutgers University, said those five years measured in the latest census were tough for agriculture. "The last couple of years had turned around and were quite good, but the previous five years were tough, with low prices in markets for vegetables and gluts in the market," he said.
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