Menendez, Booker Announce $240K in Federal Funding to Expand Farming in Gloucester County

Menendez, Booker Announce $240K in Federal Funding to Expand Farming in Gloucester County

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $240,000 in federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grants Program to market and promote, package, and hire sales personnel at Hill Creek Farms in Gloucester County, NJ.

"From apples to plums, Hill Creek Farms produce fruits that help keep our families healthy and strengthen our economy. Important investments like this help ensure the New Jersey agricultural community is able to thrive and grow.” said Sen. Menendez. “I’ll continue to champion NJ farmers and business owners to ensure they get the funding they need to make New Jersey’s economy even stronger.”

“New Jersey’s agriculture industry plays a critical role in the health of our regional economy and supports thousands of local jobs,” said Sen. Booker.  “I was proud to sit down with New Jersey farmers just this month to discuss our shared priorities and the importance of supporting proven USDA programs like this. This federal investment will help keep our local farmers competitive and ensure one of the Garden State’s largest industries continues to thrive.”

Hill Creek Farms, LLC is a 63 acre farm established in 1956 that grows apples, plums, Asian pears and nectarines. The farm market offers fresh produce from local and organic growers. Hill Creek Farms has an on-site bakery, a commercial cider mill and is approved to sell and serve wine from Auburn Winery. The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) is for working capital to produce cider, pies, baked goods, apple-based condiments and sauces.