Browns Mills in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Million Dollar Resource
Pinelands National Reserve
Nearly all of New Jersey’s commercially grown cranberries are produced in the Pinelands. The ideal habitat for cranberry cultivation starts with moist, bog soil and a stable source of clean water. A layer of sand is then applied over the soil and irrigation ditches are dug to maintain the water level during dry season, as well as to drain excess water in unusually wet seasons.
During the 1860-70s, New Jersey was the number one commercial grower of cranberries. Today the state ranks number three.
Once thought infertile and undesirable, the bogs of the Pine Barrens are the foundation of one of New Jersey’s multi-million dollar industries.
(Inscription under the photo in the center of the marker)
A network of dams, dikes, and ditches allow the farmer to control water levels.
(Inscription under the photo on the right side of the marker)
New Jersey growers began using the “wet harvesting” method in the mid-1960’s. When the cranberries ripen in the fall, the bog is flooded. The buoyant cranberries make the vines float allowing workers, operating mechanical equipment called “beaters,” to knock the berries from their vines.
(Inscription under the photo at the top right side of the marker)
As the bright red berries float to the surface, men with long broom guide them onto a conveyer that transports them into crates. The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, the Pinelands Commission, and the National Park Service are working together to “enhance public understanding, awareness, and appreciation of natural and cultural resources” of the Pinelands National Reserve.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
Location. 39° 57.552′ N, 74° 30.564′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Browns Mills NJ 08015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Exploring the Pinelands (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitesbog Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Conservation and Environmental Studies Center, Inc. (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Coleman White (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated To Those Who Served (approx. 3.8 miles away); A Limited Resource (approx. 5˝ miles away); 44th Infantry Division (approx. 7 miles away); The Ultimate Weapon (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Browns Mills.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.