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Pinelands Agriculture

The soil of the Pine Barrens is considered infertile when compared to soils to the west and north. Pine Barrens upland soil is sandy, sometimes gravelly, porous, acidic and does not retain enough moisture for most crops. Only in fringe areas, sometimes called the "shatterbelt" of the Pine Barrens, is the soil naturally suitable for traditional farming, enabling commercial vegetable, grain and fruit farms to develop and thrive.

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