Focus on the Farmers


New Jersey Audubon has partnered with a number of family farms around the state to grow black oil sunflower seed for the award-winning S.A.V.E.TM program.  We invite you to read about their farms and visit their farm stands, stores, sunflower mazes, or their other unique offerings.

Mark Kirby at Derwood Farm in
Hillsborough, NJ.

Derwood Farm lies along the South Branch of the Raritan River in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Mark and Nancy Kirby founded the farm in 1985 which includes approximately 400 acres. Principal crops include soybeans, corn, wheat and sunflowers. Derwood Farm also raises livestock and produces forage for horses and grain for feed mills. Mark is the current chair of the Somerset County Agricultural Development Board and has served as the Regional Soil Conservation District Supervisor for the past 10 years.

Donaldson Farms in Long Valley, New Jersey.  Gary and Justin Donaldson joined the sunflower program in 2013.  http://www.donaldsonfarms.net/


Gibbs Quest in Allamuchy is owned by Brent Gibbs.


Brant Gibbs of Gibbs Quest in Allamuchy, NJ.

Johnson & Johnson, in Skillman New Jersey.  Frank and Jimmy Drift have been participating in the sunflower program since 2012.

Katona Farms in Chesterfield, New Jersey.  Chip Katona began growing sunflowers for this program in 2013.  katonafarms.com 

Farmers Thomas (foreground) and
Jim Laine of Laine Farms bag seed
at their feed mill in Hillsborough, NJ.

Laine Farms, in Hillsborough, New Jersey is owned and operated by brothers Jim and Thomas Laine. The core of their operation is located along the Somerset and Hunterdon County border within the watershed of the South Branch of the Raritan River. Incorporated in 1980, Laine Farms derives income from cultivated crops and hay and a feed mill that processes and bags dry feed for livestock. Primary crops include corn, spelt, sunflower, soybean, rye, barley, wheat, oats and hay. Most of the yield from the crops planted by Laine Farms is bagged and sold as livestock feed onsite whereas hay is sold for forage for horses. Laine Farms has been a member of the Carbon Char Group since 2002 and began experimenting with biochar that same year.

Liberty Farms is located in picturesque Sandyston Township, Sussex County, New Jersey.  The circa 1790 farm is currently being restored by its owners: Raj Sinha and Jolene Plitt.  With their goal of sustainable agriculture, they are excited to participate in the S.A.V.E.Ô program and love the addition of sunflowers to the family farm.  Liberty Farm also operates local Farmers Markets, where you can find their famous garlic jelly, elderberry jelly, Jersey Devil SalsaÔ, and award wining vegetables including: gourmet sweet corn, hardneck garlics, onions, shallots, leeks, seven varieties of potatoes including Adirondack blue, various peppers, heirloom tomatoes, popcorn, pumpkins, specialty squash and more!  Visit our website at http://savelibertyfarm.com/8373.html.

Raj Sinha of Liberty Farms

Parvin Farms in Pittsgrove, New Jersey.  Parvin Farms is owned by Eric Davis.

Ridgeview Farm in Layton, New Jersey is owned by Jeff Angle.  This farm is also involved in breeding draft horses and offers lessons, sleigh rides, wagon rides, and is open to school groups.  The farm is open year round Monday - Saturday and is located at 57 Ridge Road, Layton.  Call 973-948-3676 for more information.

Woolf Farms, LLC in Washington, New Jersey is a cash grain operation based along scenic Route 57 in Franklin Township, Warren County.  Production of corn and soybeans on nearly 1000 acres of mostly rented Warren County farmland is the focus of the business.  The manager of the LLC is Roger Woolf who is a lifelong resident and resides on the same land which was operated as a dairy by his family for several generations.  He is a former Director of the Farm Credit Association in Flemington.  He and his wife Roberta have two grown sons, David and Shane.  Visit our website at http://local.yahoo.com/info-42741134-woolf-farm-produce-barns-sheds-washington.

Woolf Farm


Tom Zeng with sons Issac and Jon
at the Zeng Family Farm in Ringoes, NJ.
Thomas Zeng and Family Farm in Ringoes, NJ has been owned and operated by Thomas since 1977. He is assisted in operating the farm by his twin sons, Jon and Isaac. Zeng Farm includes approximately 800 cultivated acres in Hunterdon County. Primary crops include soybeans, wheat, rye, barley, oats, and corn. Over one third of the farm is dedicated to organic production, specializing in feed for organic dairy and swine operations in Pennsylvania

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