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Our History

Originally, Bridgepoint Run Farm was primarily dairy. We milked about 30 cows every day, twice a day, by hand. Besides running a dairy farm, the owner's great-grandfather, Bill, and grandfather, John, owned and drove for their own bus company transporting students to Princeton High School and later to Montgomery High School after it was built. His grandmother, Charlotte, drove a bus, helped with milking, and worked as a hairdresser in Hillsborough her whole life to ease the financial burden on the farm amid droughts, low commodity prices, and the ever-increasing input costs. After milking cows and running buses for over 50 years, the dairy herd was sold off in the late 1970s. With John and his family leading the operation, the farm continued to raise beef cows and grow grain, hay, sweet corn, and tomatoes.

Left to Right (4th Generation Jay Johnson, 2nd Generation Bill Johnson, 5th Generation Dale Johnson, 3rd Generation John Johnson)

Times got harder a few years later when farms across town began disappearing in the 1980s and into the 1990s. After years of hardship, fighting the drought condition of the red shale soil that Belle Mead sits on, many farmers in the area found refuge in the few development companies and speculator groups that came onto their farms with an offer they just could not refuse. Corn fields soon turned into housing developments, gravel roads were paved, and the once open array of fields on 206 through Belle Mead became only a distant memory. By 2004, the number of operating farms left in town was down to the single digits.

With nearly all the large farms on Bridgepoint Road sold and replaced by housing, our owner's grandfather knew that he had to keep the promise that he had made to his own father to keep the land in the family. After turning away developers and speculators for decades, he finally agreed to put the land into the Farmland Preservation Program in 2004. This program ensures that the land can never be developed and will always be devoted to agricultural production. The land would remain as a farm, and it would stay in the family just as the owner's great-grandfather wanted, after working his fingers to the bone all those years just to keep the farm he cared for so deeply.


Farming

A Modern Family Business

Currently, the farm produces a majority of hay and grain with an expanding vegetable operation. We maintain a roadside vegetable stand in the summer, and we are now expanding into the meat business and offering shares of locally grown, pasture-raised beef. All of our beef cows are born and raised right here on the farm.

Most importantly, the Bridgepoint Run Farm is an entirely family-run operation. The owner's mother and grandmother pick the tomatoes, while his dad and grandfather work the ground, planting and baling hay. His uncle, Tom Karsay, acts as our head mechanic and hay stacker, and his Aunt Lisa helps by throwing thousands of bales of hay every summer. His cousin, Steve, handles repairs and helps with general operations. His brother, Robert, stacks wagons and helps with all facets of planting and harvest. We all work together to make the wheels turn on the farm.


For the owner, agriculture is and will always be his greatest passion. Recently, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in agriculture business management with the hopes of returning to the farm and continuing the legacy that has been paved for him thus far. He looks forward to growing food for his community using sustainable practices, with the hope that future generations will be able to live off of this land as we have been so fortunate to do.