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Vineland Industry

Vineland is a successful community that takes pride in solid relationships with local businesses of all sizes. Small businesses are the mainstay of the region’s economic vitality and create the jobs needed to support the community. Freight and transportation companies, food services, auto sales, personal care services, insurance agencies, craftsmen and vendors of every caliber add their talents and experience to keep the local economy vibrant and stable for years to come. It is also important to note the expansive growth and availability of medical services and physicians that have located in the area.

Over the years, business development has helped the area to grow steadily in large industrial companies and manufacturers that are recognizable contributors to the local economy. The industrial parks continue to enjoy growth. Vineland is home to the three northernmost industrial parks in Cumberland County. Direct interstate highway access, two Urban Enterprise Zones, Federal Empowerment Zone designations and affordable land costs make Vineland a prime location. With a skilled workforce and available facilities, Vineland is the ideal place for industrial prospects wanting to locate in a growing, progressive area.

Business is booming and it is evident that Vineland has entered a new phase of growth. Even with the tremendous business growth this region continues to experience, the area has worked hard to preserve the balance between “major metro area suburb” and the “rural country” that is synonymous with Vineland’s character. As a result, the city continues to enjoy a setting that is as much urban and progressive as it is rural and traditional.

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture has been an integral part of life and commerce in the Greater Vineland area since pre-Revolutionary times. Today, Cumberland County is composed of more than 70,000 acres of farmland and approximately 400 working farms, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the entire state agricultural market value.

Sandy soils, level topography, optimum climate and ample rainfall, along with available fresh well water for irrigation, contribute to Cumberland County's concentrated vegetable production. Known as the “Garden Spot” of the Garden State, the county boasts several agriculturally related achievements, including leading the state in the production of vegetables, melons and potatoes. Additionally, Cumberland County has one of the most progressive nursery and floriculture industries in the nation, and ranks number one in greenhouse, nursery, floriculture and sod production in the state.

Vineland Agriculture

The city is the proud home of the Vineland Produce Auction, the premier produce auction in the Eastern U.S. A long list of commodities, from herbs, bell peppers and yellow squash to asparagus, staked tomatoes and Jersey eggplant, are bought and sold throughout the season. The auction is open Monday-Saturday at 10:45 a.m., generally from mid-April through late November.

Each year, the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce hosts the Dandelion Dinner and Beer Tasting Festival, an annual celebration of the agricultural season in Cumberland County. Over 400 people attend this event. Agriculture is a multi-million-dollar industry in Cumberland County, and last year farmers produced an estimated 30,000 bushels of dandelion. Though anyone with a troublesome lawn might consider themselves a dandelion grower, the dandelions now being harvested in Cumberland County are cultivated vegetables. Locally grown dandelion is sold up and down the eastern seaboard and as far west as Chicago.

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