Phillip Alampi Industry Marketing Award
Griggstown Farm is a preserved farm in Somerset County. In 1975, George Rude began raising a handful of quail on two acres of a farm located in the historic village of Griggstown in Princeton. By the time George Rude purchased the land in 1992, the Griggstown Quail Farm had grown to over 65 acres raising pheasants, quail, chickens and, when in season, Mallard and
Muscovy ducks, turkeys, and partridge. Their poultry and some of their produce is grown and processed in their own USDA kitchen and processing plant. The 5000 square foot plant consists of a kitchen, bakery, butchering room and climate controlled areas for various cooking processes. Processing on the farm is what makes Griggstown Farm distinctive. The farm sells poultry and value added foods in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Their famous potpies, chicken sausages, and unique turkey tomato sauces can be found in restaurants, grocery stores and farm markets and most importantly on the tables of many New Jersey residents enjoying their products. Griggstown Farm has helped to promote the consumption of farm raised poultry, which is a tremendous asset to the agricultural industry.
The New Jersey Agricultural Society is honored to present the Phillip Alampi Industry Marketing Award to George and Joan Rude, of Griggstown Farm.
In Memory of Phillip Alampi
A first-generation American, Phillip Alampi grew up on a small farm in Williamstown and graduated from Glassboro High School, where he was active in Future Farmers of America and 4-H. After graduating from Rutgers in 1934, he taught high school vocational education in Salem County for 10 years. In 1945, he earned a master's degree in education. The following year, he became a farm broadcaster, and for the next decade he hosted popular radio and television shows, many of them cohosted and produced by his wife, Ruth. In 1956, he was appointed New Jersey's Secretary of Agriculture, where he served under five different governors for a total of 26 years— longer than any cabinet member in the state's history. From that post, he successfully fought to preserve the state's farmland and to market the state's agricultural goods. He later became known as "Mr. Garden State." After retiring in 1982, Alampi served as president of 42 civic and professional organizations and earned 146 awards, including an honorary doctorate from Rutgers in 1969 and the Rutgers Alumni Association's Ernest T. Gardner Award for public leadership in 1985. Phillip Alampi passed away in 1992 at age 79.
This award is presented at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention
Ag Society Luncheon.
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