August 21, 2014 |
At the farm at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Chester County, the stalks on the chard are a startling fire-truck red. The eggplants, shiny as the Lexuses and Mercedeses in the parking lot, offer mirrorlike reflections of moneyed folk with the luck and good sense to eat well. Flawless, fabulous vegetables have long been a perk of the middle and upper classes, who could afford to pay as much as $765 for 24 weeks of produce as part of the community supported agriculture program (CSA)
August 19, 2014 |
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. - It was only July, but Martha Trinca was thinking about Christmas. This year was going to be special. Her older sister Theresa was coming. Among the 10 Hunt children, Theresa stood out. The fiercely independent redhead had left the family farm, put herself through college, and reinvented herself as a social worker in Philadelphia. So on July 24, Trinca sat at her home outside Richmond, scribbling a list of possible Christmas presents. Hunt, 53, did not have many needs.
August 8, 2014 |
SOME PHILLY storekeepers winced when they saw Emma Lee McBurnette coming through the door. Emma Lee had a sharp eye for bargains, and no patience for what she considered overpricing. "That's not worth the price," she might say about an item. "I won't pay it. " More often than not, Emma Lee got her way. The merchants saw the error of their ways and adjusted the prices accordingly. And far from wanting to ban Emma Lee from their stores, most merchants realized that she was right more often than not and willingly amended their larcenous ways.
July 9, 2014 |
The locally renowned lima beans will be back soon at Taylor River Side Farm in Cinnaminson. The latest generations of Taylors are back already. "It feels like home," Peter Taylor, 46, says, sitting on a grand Victorian porch that offers a silvery view of the Delaware River. A child welfare worker and practicing Quaker who grew up in Atlantic County, Taylor had been living in Toronto until last summer. After an aunt and uncle who had been tending the farm retired to California, Taylor moved back to South Jersey with his wife, Lily, and their daughter, Abby.
July 6, 2014 |
Seiji H. Moriuchi, of Moorestown, 35, a third-generation flower farmer, died in his sleep Monday, June 30. The cause of death has yet to be determined, said his brother Naoji, but he had been in poor health following a fall last year. Mr. Moriuchi grew up on the family farm at Borton Landing and Hartford Roads, and graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1998, where he was captain of the soccer and baseball teams and also played basketball. During his senior year, he received the Herm McGee Award, given to the male and female athletes who have made a significant contribution to athletics at Moorestown Friends during the school year.
July 5, 2014 |
Having weathered the economic ups and downs of farming and, yes, the weather itself, members of the Linvill family are celebrating what they call their crowning success: surviving 100 years in a volatile business. These days, the family stead in the heart of Delaware County is as much county fair and education as it is produce, but from all indications it is a thriving enterprise. Growing from a 10-cow dairy farm dairy to a 300-acre fruit-and-vegetable complex on West Knowlton Road in Middletown Township, Linvilla Orchards has evolved into quite the popular venue.
June 13, 2014 |
Edward P. Liberto, 82, of the Blue Anchor section of Winslow Township, an operator of a family farm there, died in a fire at his home about 2 a.m. Friday, June 6. It was the third death to strike the family in less than a year. "My mom had passed away 10 months ago," Mr. Liberto's daughter, Lisa Linardo, said, and last month "my uncle was hit by a car. " Rudolph E. Liberto, 85, one of Edward Liberto's brothers, was fatally injured when he was struck while crossing Route 73 in front of his home on Tuesday, May 27. Born in Blue Anchor, Edward Liberto graduated from St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, N.J., in 1950 and studied engineering at La Salle University for two years before enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean conflict.
May 6, 2014 |
BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Anything can go wrong in a blueberry harvest. The season is short - six to eight weeks in midsummer - and a freak July hailstorm can ruin a crop in 15 minutes. The stakes are high - blueberries are New Jersey's biggest crop, worth $80.8 million, more than double corn and tomatoes. It's a staffing nightmare. To pick New Jersey's 7,500 acres of blueberries, thousands of workers are needed for six intense weeks. Then it's over. This is the story of one set of farmworkers - Haitian immigrants who live in poverty in South Florida - and one New Jersey blueberry farmer, and how their lives came to intersect, reflecting historic patterns and ebbs and flows in the economy.
February 11, 2014 |
HER GRANDKIDS called Maria Elisa Mirarchi "Grandmom Bella. " Bella is Italian for beautiful, and this woman by all accounts was beautiful inside and out. "All my life, my mom was an angel by my side," said her daughter Caterina Romani. "The most selfless, beautiful, kind, considerate woman you could ever meet. " The former Maria Elisa Varano, who was passionate about passing on her knowledge of Italy and Italian saints, a devoted mother and grandmother, died Jan. 30. She was 86 and was living in Springfield, Delaware County, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
December 2, 2013 |
We promised our children that when they were old enough we would take them to Ireland to show them where their great-grandparents were born and to visit relatives who still live there. So, one week after my son Connor's 18th birthday, my husband, John; daughter Bernadette, 19; Connor; and I boarded a plane to Europe. We started in Dublin, enjoying the Guinness factory tour, where we learned, among other things, how to pour the perfect pint before having our first "relative encounter" with John Walsh, a cousin who took us for a pint in Temple Bar, a quaint area of Dublin with cobblestone streets that is known for its nightlife.