Jon & Kim
Dogwood Farms is owned and operated by Jon Knox and his wife, Kim. As a Jersey native Jon knew the Garden State would be a perfect place for a farm offering fresh produce and meats to local families and restaurants, all grown or raised sustainably with no adverse impact on the environment. The NOFA-NJ Beginner Farmer Program at Duke Farms gave Jon and Kim a chance to pursue their dream of organic farming. Support from NOFA-NJ and Duke Farms was crucial in launching Dogwood Farms and ensuring the farm's long term sustainability.
As part of their lease with Duke Farms and NOFA-NJ, all production at Dogwood Farms must be done without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, which is just how they've always believed it should be done!
Our Goal as Farmers
With 35 acres leased from Duke Farms, Dogwood Farms has built a traditionally diverse farm with fresh produce and pasture-raised meats as well as offered youths educational opportunities to learn and explore sustainable farming practices. So far they have had the chance to serve various girl and boy scout troops, 4H clubs, garden clubs, high school groups, high school interns, college interns and WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities of Organic Farming--An exchange program). They welcome visitors throughout the year to get a glimpse into their farming practices.
In their first three years, they have grown their CSA program from solely 50 vegetable CSA shares to a 150 vegetable and 100 meat CSA shares. Although they grow and raise a wide variety of produce and meat themselves, they also strive to partner with other like-minded farmers, not only to enhance the variety offered to their members, but also build a stronger community among fellow farmers committed to sustainability. The first step in this effort is their partnership with Kirk Stephens from Vernon Valley Farm to offer New Jersey grass-fed beef.