from New Jersey Herald –
Tor Andersen, a Sparta vegetable, hay and corn producer, garden center owner, and owner of Andersen Farms, has been chosen as New Jersey’s 2017 Outstanding Young Farmer by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture.
The fact that his family did not own land did not stand in the way of Andersen realizing his agricultural dream. He now owns 400 acres, a garden center and produces more than 20,000 tomato plants, 20 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, 100 acres of field corn and 300 acres of hay on his Sussex County farm.
Andersen’s agricultural education started when he worked on his best friend’s dairy farm cleaning stalls and milking cows. Beginning in high school, he worked for close to 10 years at Ideal Farm and Garden in Lafayette, where he learned to operate machinery as well as grow different kinds of plants, vegetables and hay. He went on to study plant and soil science at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.