Raised in a rural section of Northern Burlington County, Keith’s family owns a grain farm in Chesterfield Twp. This is where his love of agriculture began. His first formal training with horticulture came during his sophomore year at Northern Burlington H.S. in John Malison’s greenhouse classes. He graduated from Mercer County Community College with an associate’s degree in horticulture. On a recommendation from a friend, he applied to West Virginia University where he later received his B.S. in plant and soil science. After graduation from WVU, he was offered a job at Princeton Nurseries in the Kingston Wholesale Yard. He started out loading trucks, running field crews, harvesting BB and then managing the yard. Once the yard was closed, he moved to Allentown where he worked in the sales department then into a position as a manager for BB production. His time spent at Princeton will always remain in his heart as a great time of growth both professionally and personally.
After nine years at Princeton, Keith felt it was time to take on a new challenge. He was offered a job at Johnson Farms, where he has been the general manager for the past 18 years.
Keith is happy to be involved with several worthwhile volunteer organizations and serves on the boards of NJNLA Education Foundation, Rutgers Board of Managers, New Jersey Green Industry Council, Cumberland High School Agriculture Advisory Board, and the Cumberland County Board of Agriculture.
Northern Burlington High School Columbus NJ 1987
Mercer County Community College Trenton NJ – AAS Ornamental Horticulture 1989
West Virginia University Morgantown WV – BS Plant and Soil Science 1991
Why I serve on the board of the NJGIC
I look forward to working with a strong group of industry advocates that offer a broad spectrum of talents and opinions regarding the needs of our industry. I’m happy to be the advocate for the NJNLA when it comes to having a voice at the green industry table. The nursery / landscape industry needs to have representation when it comes to making policy in Trenton and Washington.