Menendez, Booker, Watson Coleman Announce $209K in Federal Funding to Expand Farming in Mercer County

Menendez, Booker, Watson Coleman Announce $209K in Federal Funding to Expand Farming in Mercer County


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.-12)  today announced $209,000 in federal funding through the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grants Program in order to expand on farm product processing and packaging, hire personnel, and support food safety records at Cherry Grove Farm in Mercer Country.

"From apples to plums, Cherry Grove 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.”

“I am thrilled to see this funding go to a family-owned farm in my district producing high-quality, local products for people in New Jersey’s 12th,” said Rep. Watson Coleman. “Not only are we supporting more sustainable and environmentally friendly farming by ensuring we have producers nearby, we are investing in a small business, helping them grow as an employer, and fortifying our state’s economy. These are exactly the kinds of investments we need to continue making to support working families and increase job opportunities.”

The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) is for working capital to provide local, organic, pasture-raised eggs and processed cuts of lamb, beef, pork and turkeys. 

Shippetaukin, LLC, doing business as Cherry Grove Farm since 1902, is a 400 acre family farm, of which 240 acres is pasteurized to support the diversified livestock of egg producing hens, pigs, sheep, cattle and turkeys. Their philosophy is to produce high quality food that adheres to the organic standard and the humane treatment of animals with a high regard for the environment. Cherry Grove Farm is located in Lawrenceville Township, Mercer County, New Jersey.