Recipients have been farmers who have been actively involved in statewide agricultural organizations and provided leadership in a variety of ways. Recipients have also included agribusiness people who have worked to change the industry through advanced marketing plans or business management tools for the industry. Lastly, recipients include career employees who have been extraordinary in moving the industry forward. The award is presented to the winner at the Society's Annual Gala each spring.
2017 Gold Medallion Award
As an accomplished owner and operator of Indian Mills Nursery in Tabernacle, New Jersey, Noble McNaughton has dedicated his life to his family, business, community, and the agricultural industry. Noble is an authentic leader who continually demonstrates integrity and sincere commitment. Noble consistently leads with a calm and steady hand, guiding the industry and organizations on which he has served, through unstable and challenging times to eras of great success.
Noble is one of the few people that has ever served two different terms on the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture and has also served as President for two terms. During his tenure in 2009, Noble spearheaded the search for a new secretary of agriculture and successfully led the transition of the two secretaries. Noble worked tirelessly to attend meetings statewide, coordinate introductions, and insure a smooth succession. His experience and dedication in leading the State Board, not just once, but two times demonstrates Noble’s commitment to making the industry the best it can be. The agricultural community was very fortunate to benefit from Noble’s leadership during this time.
Another influential role, has been Noble’s position as a trustee of the New Jersey Agricultural Society. Noble served as a trustee for eight years, and as President from 2012-2014. Noble has overseen many defining moments and developments, and has steered the organization through major staff, board, and programmatic transitions. His sound advice, innovative ideas, and unwavering support were and continue be a constant. Noble served actively on the Farmers Against Hunger, New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development, Nominating Committees and as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, playing an integral role in the development of the programs and Society. Noble is the type of person who not only accepted his position as a trustee, but continually stepped up to the plate to volunteer for additional duties to insure the organization’s success.
Noble was a recipient of the Distinguished Service to Agriculture award in 1997 and has been honored as a recipient of the NJNLA Nurserymen of the Year in 1991. During his Presidency of the Eastern Regional Nurseryman’s Association, Noble had a significant presence in the implementation of the Eastern Regional Trade Show as Tradeshow Chairman. He also received the Service to Agriculture Award from the Burlington County Board of Agriculture in 1995.
As an influential advocate for agriculture, Noble is highly regarded for his service in these leadership roles:
Noble and his wife Dotty have together raised four children, Nicole, Mary Ann, Noble and Tom and today enjoy time with their 7 grandchildren.
Noble McNaughton has always sought to address and resolve critical issues collaboratively and with the best interest of the industry central to the process. The effects of his leadership will continue to be realized for many years into the future.
For his dedicated service to the industry, the New Jersey Agricultural Society is honored to present the
2017 Gold Medallion to Noble McNaughton
Past Gold Medallion Recipients