It was with a great sense of honor that Jess accepted the award from the Outstanding Farmers of America. Candidates are nominated from all across the country, and a panel of judges selects winners based on progress in their agricultural career, soil and water conservation, and service to their community, state, and nation.
Press coverage of the award:
Hopewell Valley News: Jersey girl continues to blossom, wins national award
USA Today: A bright future for NJ Agriculture
Outstanding Farmers of America website
The Hunterdon County News: New Jersey Farmer Named National Outstanding Young Farmer
Farmer Jess was recently named NJ’s Outstanding Young Farmer of the year. Read more about it here.
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — She grows 40 different kinds of organic vegetables and fruits on 17 acres in town. She can fix a tractor. She has a trusty dog named Tilly, and now Jessica Niederer has been chosen as New Jersey’s Outstanding Young Farmer.
State Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher was at Ms. Niederer’s Chickadee Creek Farm on Titus Mill Road on the morning of Oct. 22 to formally recognize the 31-year-old agriculturist for earning the award.
“To be able to be an organic farmer and be successful is a tribute to you and a tribute to the people who work with you, and to your leadership. You are one of the hardest-working farmers I’ve ever met,” Mr. Fisher said, standing next to Ms. Niederer in a field for a photo opportunity with several other dignitaries.
The rest of the article by Frank Mustac can be found here.
A picture and brief description on the cover of the Mid-Atlantic Grower this month!
A follow up editorial to the Secretary of Agriculture’s visit. The full text can be found through this link.
Editorial: N.J. organic farming is showing encouraging signs of growth
As New Jersey strawberries, arugula and summer squash come into season, we’re reminded once again of the good fortune of living in a state where produce picked in the morning can be on the dinner table in the evening.
One young farmer who helps make that possible is Jessica Niederer who for five years has worked Chickadee Creek Farm, an organic operation in Hopewell Township.
Last week, state Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher visited Chickadee Creek to get a first-hand look at what Niederer has accomplished on the land that’s been in her family for generations. It was part of an effort to highlight New Jersey’s organic farming industry, The Times’ Brendan McGrath reported, as well as the state’s Community Supported Agriculture program.
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