B&B FARMS, a small family farm owned and operated by Art Brown, former NJ Secretary of Agriculture, and wife Carolyn, is 20 acres of preserved farmland located in Galloway Twp., Atlantic County – situated between the coast, about 20 miles north of Atlantic City, NJ and on the fringe of the NJ Pinelands region. Also, we rent another 10 acres or so from a neighbor, the DeRuyter family. Along with the Browns, on the farm we have Carolyn’s nephew Ryan LaMonaca and his wife Jennifer. Our Timeline: 1981 the Brown’s purchase the farm and operate a nursery/garden center, along with wholesale and pick-your-own blueberries; 2009, after the nursery and wholesale business closed, the Browns converted the farm to vegetable production and began growing crops for a niche market (World Crops at B&B Farms), to meet the demands of African/ethnic immigrant populations living in this region; 2010 The LaMonaca’s joined the farm and Jennifer began the CSA program, SEA SALT CSA (operating now as B&B Farms CSA); Future plans on the farm? Add more Pick-Your-Own, Farm Shop expansion and a Kitchen... The LaMonaca's have an ambitious vision; Art and Carolyn are great mentors!
AFRICAN/ETHNIC CROPS: Our involvement with ethnic crops began with our association with Morris Gbolo through our local agricultural county agent a few years back. Together with Morris, for 5 years we learned to grow and market African/ethnic specialty crops and continue to do so. We thank Morris for introducing us to his native homeland, friendship and we are grateful for his contributions. As we continue here at B&B FARMS to grow these crops, Morris has moved forward with his own operations and we congratulate him on his new farm. We are happy that his accomplishments at B&B Farms have led him to pursue his dream of having his own farm. Always, we wish Morris Gbolo blessings and best wishes for his farming success.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture): an arrangement that provides a direct connection between community members and local farmers. The upfront payment by dedicated CSA members helps the farmer by providing an income to begin the season and a reliable outlet for crops. In return, as a CSA member, you get to know the farm, how your produce is grown and support local farmers. We are a market style CSA, we do not pack boxes; we offer choices and pick-your-own crops (included in the price of a share). In our Farm Shop (members only at this time), we sell seasonal produce from other local farms that we do not have the means to grow ourselves like corn, peaches and apples); also natural cheeses, meats, breads and more.