After attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a B.A. in Political Science, John went back to his roots and spent time living in Italy where he worked at a variety of farms and homesteads. While overseas, John realized agriculture was extremely important to him and he wanted to continue the lifestyle within the United States. Upon his return John spent two years working at local farms within central New Jersey where he improved his skills and techniques for growing organically. Having grown up in Titusville, New Jersey, his opportunity to farm in Lambertville was serendipitous. In his spare time, John enjoys public radio, mushroom hunting, getting lost in record stores, playing guitar, and a competitive game of disc golf.
The Farm: Rolling Hills Farm came about from a shared dream between John and Stephanie Spock. Farming together in Hopewell, NJ, they yearned for a farm of our own. In 2013 they came upon a wonderful spot of land for lease with a lot of history behind it. Located one mile outside of beautiful downtown Lambertville, New Jersey the farm borders the Delaware River in a picturesque country setting where New Jersey really does earn its moniker as "The Garden State". Full of historical sites from both the Revolutionary War and Native populations, we knew this was land we could be excellent stewards of.
Rolling Hills Farm was named in the 1980's when it was an ostrich farm and when residents of Lambertville would skate on the pond in the Winter. Today we raise vegetables, herb, fruits, and mushrooms on the land generations past lived on.