Pipers Hill Farms, LLC is owned and operated by Jeffrey Gibb. In his teenage years, Jeff spent much of his time on the farm that his grandfather built from the ground up. His grandfather farmed 1,000 acres and raised beef cattle and converted his local country store into a butcher shop and deli. Jeff and his grandfather traveled across the countryside purchasing cattle, hogs, and poultry at various local auction houses. This inspired Jeff to start his own farm, Pipers Hill Farms, LLC where he produces hops and heirloom vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, and much more! A local grain farmer manages the crop fields with no-till. In college, Jeff developed an interest in brewing and spent his days working in Brew Houses in Western New York refining his taste for IPA’s and the bouquet that hops distinctly deliver.
Jeff's son Shawn loves working on the farm and currently studies Crop Science at Delaware Valley University where he sharpens his skills in vegetable production. His daughter Emily has more of a creative side and is actively involved in the marketing and selling side of the farm business. The entire family can be found helping out at the farmer’s market, packing orders, or doing whatever else is needed to keep the farm vibrant and growing. You can find their locally grown produce at the Washington Borough Farmer’s Market throughout the summer and fall months and at the Hackettstown market every Sunday!
The River Friendly Farm Certification recognizes farmers who farm in ways that protect our local streams and rivers through responsible land management. The River Friendly Farm Certification provides a third party recognition that can demonstrate to customers and others a farmer’s commitment to conservation and environmentally sustainable agriculture.
Local nonprofit, North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development (NJRC&D) certifies farms that use best practices in protecting water resources. The certification is offered within the North Jersey RC&D focus area of Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Warren, Sussex and Union counties.
The voluntary program evaluates five areas of criteria on applicant farms: Soil Health: preventing erosion while building soil quality, Nutrient Management: using crop nutrients as efficiently as possible, Pest Management: preventing the spread of pests and reducing pesticide use, Farmstead Management: managing runoff and wastewater to prevent detrimental impact, and Water Conservation and Waterway Protection: existence of riparian buffers, livestock stream exclusions and irrigation water management.
More on the River Friendly Farm Certification and all certified farms can be found at www.riverfriendlyfarms.org.