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Unique Cranberry Harvest Tour in Browns Mills

Each October, the annual cranberry harvest, a 150-year-old tradition, takes place in the South Jersey Pine Barrens. This year, the nonprofit Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey is collaborating with Pine Barrens Native Fruits, LLC, and fifth generation cranberry growers Joe Darlington and Brenda Conner to offer an up close and personal Cranberry Harvest Tour from 9 a.m. to noon, October 20.

The program will start at the Barrel Factory building in Whitesbog Village with the video, Get the Scoop, a 45-minute introduction to cranberry production and the history of the industry. Following the screening, participants will board a tour bus to the cranberry bogs to watch the picking of the berries and learn about the growing cycle and practices, including Darlington’s latest invention, the floating harvester. Conner will discuss harvesting, as well as the history and benefits of this superfruit. A walking tour of Whitesbog Village, Burlington County’s antique town, will follow the bus tour.

Cost: $37 per person; preregistration required; bus capacity limited to 22 seats. Location: 120 N. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills. For more information, call 908-371-1111, email [email protected] or visit Nofanj.org

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