Our state's tomatoes are nationally recognized as being among the best in the world. To pay homage to the great work being done in our state and to promote local agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture honors those who have excelled in providing Jersey Fresh produce to school children in our state. They are the Top Tomatoes in the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Program!

Farm to School week and month are a great opportunity to celebrate and highlight the abundance of fresh produce grown so close to where we live and teach children the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. I applaud the current and future efforts to partner with local farmers to offer the freshest, highest quality produce in school meals and as snacks. The Department looks forward to honoring more Top Tomatoes. Please check back to see who they are.

Beth Feehan & Chris Cirkus Top Tomatoes Fall 2019

Beth Feehan and Chris Cirkus

Farm to School Champions

NJ Department of Agriculture

Food and Nutrition Division

Laura Englemann, Community Health and Wellness Manager, AtlantiCare

Laura Englemann, Community Health and Wellness Manager, AtlantiCare

Warren Deshields, Director of Food Services for Bridgeton Public Schools & School Nutrition Association’s Northeast Region Director

Warren Deshields, Director of Food Services for Bridgeton Public Schools & School Nutrition Association’s Northeast Region Director

Terhune Orchards, The Mount Family, 2018 NJDA Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award Winners

Terhune Orchards, Mercer County
The Mount Family-Gary, Pam, Tannwen and Reuwai
2018 NJDA Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award Winners

Manjari Kapoor, Math & Science Coach and Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Newark Educators’ Community Charter School (NECCS)

Manjari Kapoor, Math & Science Coach and Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Newark Educators’ Community Charter School (NECCS)

Hayley Klein, FoodCorps New Jersey Program Coordinator

Hayley Klein, FoodCorps New Jersey Program Coordinator

Ann Degnan, Long Branch Public Schools, Facilities Manager.

Ann Degnan, Long Branch Public Schools, Facilities Manager.

Princeton School Gardens Cooperative board members, from left: Eddie Cohen, Karla Cook, Linda Twining, Fran McManus (chair), and Jeff Gradone.

Princeton School Gardens Cooperative board members, from left: Eddie Cohen, Karla Cook, Linda Twining, Fran McManus (chair), and Jeff Gradone.

Bianca Aniski, MEd, RN, School Nurse at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School

Bianca Aniski, MEd, RN,
School Nurse at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School

Joe Njoroge, COO/CFO - Food Bank of South Jersey

Joe Njoroge, Food Bank of South Jersey
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Salt, MS, RD, CHES

Jennifer Salt, MS, RD, CHES
Nutrition and Food Service Manager

David Friedrich

Principal
Hopewell Elementary School
Hopewell, NJ

Dr. Brian Repici

Superintendent
Black Horse Pike
Regional School District
Camden County, NJ

George Cassaday

5th Generation Farmer
Cassaday Farms
Monroeville, NJ

Sonya Harris

School Garden Coordinator
Special Education Teacher
Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary School
Glassboro, NJ

Frank Mentesana: photo

Frank Mentesana
Director of EcoSpaces Education
Philip's Academy Charter School
Newark, NJ

Sal Valenza : Photo

Sal Valenza
NuWay Concessionaires
West New York Food Service Director
NJ School Nutrition Association President

Douglas Fisher : Photo

Douglas Fisher
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture

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