Success Stories Stults Farm Plainsboro and Cranbury Townships | New Jersey
New Jersey Featured Customer Nominee: Stanley C. Kip Stults, Jr.
Stults Farm: Plainsboro and Cranbury Townships
Middlesex County, New Jersey
Farm website: http://www.stultsfarm.com/
Kip Stults' farm in Plainsboro and Cranbury has been in his family for 92 years. Kip and his wife Jill, with son Brian, daughter Amy and their families, have continued the family farming tradition that was started by Kip's grandfather in 1915. Even though farmland and farmers were disappearing from their county, they demonstrated their commitment in 1990 by permanently preserving 93-acres of farmland through the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program, becoming the first farm in Middlesex County to be preserved. "We are stewards of this land," he told those assembled at the ceremony celebrating this preservation, and added, "Thank you for the lasting privilege." Since then, Stults has purchased and preserved additional farmland to bring his total to over 200 acres.
At one time a potato farm, the Stults' operation has transitioned to crops that accommodate the diverse suburban population that now surrounds the farm. Many of their crops are offered at their farm stand or as pick-your-own products. Farm fresh products ranging from strawberries, peaches and blueberries to tomatoes, sweet corn, mums and pumpkins, as well as ethnic favorites bittermelon and Romano green beans, are available to the local community. Grain and sod are grown here as well.
Kip has long been one of New Jersey's leading farmers in conservation and land stewardship. He has implemented many water-saving, soil erosion and water quality practices over the past decade with technical and financial assistance from NRCS through the EQIP and NJ State Cost-Share Programs. Drip and linear move irrigation systems, an underground irrigation mainline, grassed waterways, irrigation water management and integrated crop management work to make the Stults operation a conservation showcase. Kip recently applied for the Conservation Security Program in the Raritan watershed and has contracted through EQIP to improve air quality by replacing his diesel irrigation engines with EPA-certified Tier 3 engines.
Kip and Jill Stults truly are stewards of the land, and they demonstrate this personally and professionally. They have inspired a son and daughter to continue the family farm tradition in an area where suburban pressures are intense. They have participated in local agricultural organizations, such as the Middlesex County Agricultural Development Board, the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture, and the Farm Service Agency County Committee. In 1995 Kip Stults was recognized for his conservation ethic by the National Association of Conservation Districts and Goodyear when he was named Outstanding Cooperator of the Year for the Freehold Soil Conservation District.