What began as a small 10-acre sustenance farm with chickens and cows in Fairfield Township, owned by F. Everett Laning Sr. and his wife, Bessie Graves Laning, is now a 1100 acre vegtable farm.
Following the passing of F. Everett Laning Sr. , Bessie and her two sons, F. Everett Laning Jr. and Milton Laning continued farming the 10 acres, continuously acquiring more acreage until they progressively grew into a truck farm of vegetables and other commodities.
Today, Laning Brothers Farms is run by third, fourth, and fitfth generation family members. The farm, located in both Fairfield and Lawrence townships, employs 15 full time and 100-120 seasonal employees.
Using modern techniques and equipment, Laning Brothers Farms produces and ships vegetables to many states and Canada.
Accomplishments include highest tomato tonnage in New Jersey, Soil Conservation Awards and 2008 was one of the first to become certified for leafy greens through the U.S Department of Agriculture Food Safety Audit. Laning Brothers Farms were also presented with The Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce Award for agriculture in 2008.
Laning family members have been active in the community including Cumberland County Board of Agriculture, Fairfield Fire and Rescue, Fairfield Township Committee, Fairfield Township Planning and Zoning Board, Fairfield Township Board of Education, and the local farm cooperatives in Cedarville, Vineland and Landisville.
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