The 11-member State Agriculture Development Committee, the state board responsible for preserving farmland in New Jersey, met recently at the Watershed. After the meeting, about two dozen board members and committee staff then toured a portion of the Reserve as well as the Honey Brook Organic Farm in a tractor-pulled hay wagon.
The Watershed has hosted an organic farm since 1982 when Dr. Muriel Gardiner Buttinger purchased the 90-acre Wargo Farm and donated the land to the organization to add to its Watershed Reserve.
The farm has grown to become the largest certified organic Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation thanks to the vision and leadership of Jim Kinsel and Sherry Dudas. He brought his CSA model to the Watershed in 1991 and has leased the property ever since then.