Kauffman’s “Family Orchard” products have been recognized and enjoyed since the early 1900’s. Founder Amos L. Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911, and today the 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations own & operate the business. Kauffmans Orchards is located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country. Over 135 varieties of tree fruits are produced on 100 acres of orchards and are managed with sustainable farming practices such as IPM.
Alderfers Poultry Farm is a 5th generation family farm that overlooks the peaceful, rolling hills of Southeastern, PA. Several years ago, the family decided to make a healthy change and produce the most nutritious, purest, natural, organic egg possible. Eggs are collected from hens which are pastured, they are free to roam and peck outdoors.
Owners Jim and Kathy Lyons started Blue Moon Acres more than 19 years ago to deliver top-quality micro greens and herbs to the finest restaurants and chefs without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Throughout the years Jim and Kathy have remained dedicated to growing the highest quality specialty greens with the least amount of environmental impact. The farm has two locations, one in Buckingham, PA, and one in Pennington, NJ.
Farmers Tom Murtha and Tricia Borneman grow over 75 different varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs on 70 acres of preserved land on Blooming Glen Farm in Hilltown Township, PA. Tricia grew up in Bucks County, where she and Tom returned to work towards preserving the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Mirroring the nation, Bucks County has experienced a rapid loss of farmland – in 1945 it supported more than 4,000 farms on 267,000 acres; by 1997 those numbers plummeted to 739 farms on 83,534 acres.
Tom and Tricia strive be good land stewards by maintaining and enhancing soil, water and air quality through sustainable farming practices. They grow crops without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms and use compost, cover crops, mulching and crop rotation to build long term fertility and encourage healthy soil and plants. Their philosophy isn’t just good for the earth – anyone who’s been lucky enough to taste Blooming Glen’s beautiful and delicious produce knows that eaters benefit, too.
Marolda Farms is owned and operated by Richard and Sherry Marolda. Their son, Richard Jr., carries on their standards of quality and excellence. The Maroldas strive to provide their customers with high-quality produce at a fair price. To control pests and combat disease in a sustainable way, Marolda Farms rotates crops, seeds cover crops, and applies Integrated Pest Management techniques to their growing process. Multiple seedings per season are also done in an attempt to prevent weed seed from germinating and spreading. In the off season manure is applied to the land to improve soil structure, increase organic matter, and replenish nutrients. IPM techniques such as basket and blade cultivating, hoeing, and manually pulling grass are also implemented to control weeds. For the safety and benefits of its customers, Marolda uses no surface water, water drafted from ponds, ditches, streams, etc. All of the irrigation and wash — clean, safe, and potable — is drawn from underground wells.
Terhune Orchards grows more than 35 crops on 200 acres of preserved farmland in Lawrence Township in Central New Jersey. Of the farm’s 185 acres, about half are devoted to its orchards. The farm grows about 30 varieties of apples, 28 varieties of peaches and seven varieties of pears. In 2005 co-owner Gary Mount was awarded National Apple Grower of the Year. Terhune promises more than apples, though; the farm also grows lettuce and squash, broccoli and Brussel sprouts, rosemary, thyme and even grapes. Terhune now has eight acres of certified organic land under cultivation and a winery with its own tasting room on the farm.
Owners Gary and Pam Mount bought Terhune Orchards in 1975. Today daughter Tannwen, who is integral to Terhune’s operation, is the 10th generation of Mounts to farm full-time in Central New Jersey.
Muth Family Farm is recognized as a leading regional farm in sustainable agriculture, soil development and organic farming. The innovative growing techniques of Farmer Bob Muth allow him to offer the season’s earliest strawberries and the latest tomatoes, not to mention perfect organic sweet corn and red peppers.
About 20 percent of the 90-acre certified organic farm, located in Southern New Jersey’s Monroe Township, is in vegetable crops at any one time, due to Bob’s use of long crop rotations and extensive cover cropping. The result of his soil-building program is a fertile loam so rich and black it’s more likely to be recognized in the Great Plains than South Jersey.
Bob grew up on the farm. He earned a degree in Plant Science from Rutgers University and then moved to South Carolina to work as a cooperative extension agent. After some time spent in graduate school at the University of Delaware he realized he’d rather sit on a tractor than in a lab, so he returned to his home state to farm. Since 1989 Bob, who calls his occupation “a lifetime project,” has farmed full time.
In 2007 Bob and his wife, Leda, received the Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Award, which recognizes outstanding management, land stewardship and community role models and is considered the “Academy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award of Agriculture.”
Tuscarora Organic Growers (TOG) took root in 1988 when a group of neighboring organic fruit and vegetable farmers discussed the possibility of joining forces in the marketing of their products. By working together, they could coordinate crop production to complement one another rather than compete. And they could enjoy economies of scale in shipping and selling. The cooperative form of business fit the farmers’ needs, allowing ownership and market access to be divided fairly and decisions to be made jointly. And through cooperation, the growers were able to serve their customers better, by providing a diversity of crops and a level of service that no one grower could provide on his own.
In TOG’s first season, seven growers moved about 1,500 cases of produce to Washington DC retailers over a five-month period. Since then, each succesive season has brought steady growth in sales as well as diversity, season length and professionalism. In the coming season, TOG will work with over 28 member producers and 17 non-member producers to bring a projected 100,000 cases of produce from farm to city, offering locally grown, certified organic produce all 12 months of the year.
Little Buck Organics, a working family farm in Hammonton, NJ — the “Blueberry Capital of the World” – offers market fresh blueberries from June through August. Farm owners Elizabeth and Louis Condo have farmed their 116 acres since 1997. Their certified organic blueberries, which are perfectly suited to the region’s porous, acidic, sandy soil, are the farm’s main crop.
The couple grew up in the area. At one time, in fact, Elizabeth’s father dissuaded her from working in a blueberry packing house. She was working as a physical therapist’s assistant when she and Lou leased the land (she has since earned her doctorate in physical therapy). Before becoming a farmer, Lou worked as an auto mechanic, despite his family’s farming roots (his grandfather farmed and his uncle owns a nearby peach orchard).
The Little Buck Organics label, which is operated under Lou and Elizabeth’s Big Buck Farms brand, refers to their first son, Louie. (They’ve since had a second son.) Considering raising children, the farmers had grown concerned about chemical use, so they converted their operation to become certified organic.
Pioneering, Passion, Perseverance, and Pride are the korner stones of organic farm Kiwi Korners, located in Central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988, the farm consists of forty plus acres, twenty of which are designated to grow hardy kiwi. This area, separated into eight different arbors, offers three distinct micro-climates. Kiwi Korners was built from the ground up, not something constructed by others or purchased. It began with a two acre block of trellis built on a no-till corn field. Our test trials contained the largest assortment of hardy kiwi assembled in the Northern Hemisphere. Over fifty named and numbered varieties, from all over the world, were trialed in conjunction with a breeding program.
Zone 7 is a farm fresh-distribution service that connects farmers and chefs. They pick up the highest quality ingredients from New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania farms and deliver them weekly to restaurants, grocers and institutions and Boxed Organics.
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They focus on creating healthy high quality foods from highly maintained and enriched soils on small-scale family farms.