Jess was fortunate to be part of a panel on WHYY’s Radio Times with Mary Cummings-Jordan discussing different perspectives on farming in the greater Philadelphia region. Listen to the August 23, 2018 episode here, or download it from your favorite podcast supplier!
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.
Farmer Jess was recently named NJ’s Outstanding Young Farmer of the year. Read more about ithere.
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 foundhere.
New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture paid a visit to the farm recently! Read about it in the Trenton Times, here.
Organic Hopewell farm impresses state Secretary of Agriculture
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Jessica Niederer, who attended Cornell University, didn’t always intend to carry on the family farming business — she wanted to be a scientist.
At some point on the way to her degree in ecology and environmental biology, however, she realized that she wanted to work outside and decided to give up the laboratory to become a 13th-generation farmer.
Now, five years into operating her own organic farm, Chickadee Creek Farm, on 17 acres she is renting from her father in Hopewell, Niederer is starting to gain recognition for her accomplishments.