Jenny Carleo, an agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, presents Farming 101.

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Learn more about ultra-niche farming during four presentations by Jenny S. Carleo, Rutgers Cooperative Extension agent, during the Cape May County 4-H Fair.

Carleo plans to lead Farming 101 on July 21, slated to be hourly virtual field trips followed by conversations with her and local farmers, starting at 1 p.m. at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road.

Videos will lead off each discussion of ultra-niche crops: 1 p.m. — winter lettuce; 2 p.m. — specialty peppers; 3 p.m. — flowers for cutting; 4 p.m. — strawberries.

“I am pleased to be able to hold these sessions during the 4-H Fair,” Carleo said. “There are four diverse crops to learn about, but more importantly, the opportunity for me and local farmers to talk with members of the community.”

Refreshments will be served.

Carleo has been the Rutgers Cooperative Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Cape May County and a faculty member of Rutgers University since 2006.

She conducts scientific research on local farms growing small fruits and has worked extensively in floriculture, ornamentals and vegetable production in the past.

Carleo also serves as the project director for Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive, New Farmer, a USDA funded Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program project.

For more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 3607.

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