MAUGERI FARMS of Gloucester County NJ, receives
“VEGETABLE GROWERS OF THE YEAR”
at state agricultural convention!
Samuel and Joseph Maugeri received the 2010 “Vegetable Growers of the Year” Award on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2010 at the annual awards banquet for the Atlantic Coast Agricultural Convention and Trade Show sponsored by the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey (http://njveggies.org). The three-day convention and ceremonies were held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Surrounded by over 200 family, friends, neighbors agricultural industry representatives and fellow farmers the Maugeri Family were showered with many well deserved congratulations. New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, Douglas Fisher and Al Murray, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture were also on hand to celebrate this evening with the Maugeri Family.
Agricultural Agent for Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension, Michelle Casella nominated the Maugeri Brothers for this annual award. Vegetable producers are nominated based on three criteria: 1) The producers must run an outstanding vegetable growing operation that is innovative and successful; 2) The nominees have devoted considerable time towards the betterment of the agricultural industry as a whole in New Jersey; 3) The nominees have given service to the New Jersey vegetable industry that results in helping their fellow farmers. In addition to submitting the nomination, Agent Casella was also able to present the award at the evening ceremonies. “I have known this family for almost 15 years and have always been impressed with their commitment and passion as farmers, to their strength, love, and faith as a family and the generosity they show for their community. This award was well deserved”, said Michelle Casella.
In the agriculture industry Maugeri Farms is well known for excellent products marketed under the name “Arrowhead Brand” and their produce is sought after by buyers of top quality vegetables. The Maugeri’s grow many different vegetable crops including: sweet Corn, peppers, tomatoes (round and plum), cantaloupe, seedless and seeded watermelon varieties, zucchini, butternut squash, pickles, pumpkins and others. In their production systems they utilize conservation irrigation practices, crop rotations and follow the latest recommendations for efficient and multifaceted pest control methods to produce high quality crops. In 2007, they began a retail farm market and seasonal festivals to serve retail clientele in their community. This part of their business continues to grow through the combined leadership of their wives, Joanne and Karen. In their acceptance speeches, both Joe and Sam thanked their spouses and families for being so supportive throughout the years and recognized how demanding it is on their families when they are farming 24-7 during the production season.
Both Sam and Joe have given selfless contributions through service. Joe currently serves on the Woolwich Township Joint Land Use Board. Sam is a director of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey representing Gloucester County, a director of the New Jersey Sweet Potato Council and a representative on the Rutgers NJAES Tomato Research Advisory Committee and the Rutgers NJAES Pepper Research Advisory Committee.
The Patrick J. Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award
presented to Maugeri Farms
The Patrick J. Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award was presented to Maugeri Farms of Woolwich Township on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention in Cherry Hill.
Mullen was the Director of the NJ Department of Agriculture’s Division of Marketing and Development and developed the Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program, which inspects produce to ensure it’s of the highest quality.Each year, Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program inspectors recognize a farm that works hard to supply top quality produce.
Maugeri Farms is run by brothers Sam and Joe Maugeri Jr., who cultivate more than 600 acres in and around the Oldmans Creek area. They sell their produce to wholesale distributors and markets and supply many of the roadside markets all over New Jersey and in Pennsylvania.
In 2007, the Maugeris opened Maugeri’s Farm to the public for the first time in the farm’s 80-year history for hay rides, pumpkin picking and fall activities. In early 2011 they broke ground, constructing a beautiful new farm market on their farm on Oldmans Creek Road.