Dusty Lane Farms – Has been in operations since 1973 with multi-generational farmers. Michael Brooks (managing partner) along his parents Bill and Diane Brooks (managing partners & land owners) form Dusty Lane Farms which has been in operations since 1973. Dusty Lane Farms grows our spinach, potatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and carrots for our CSA operations.
One of Michael’s first jobs on the farm was driving bulk bodies of potatoes next to the harvester, barely able to hold the clutch in. His parents instilled a valuable work ethic and Michael lived to work on the farm. Starting in 1998 with an FFA SAE project, he began farming as a sole proprietor raising spinach and strawberries and in 2002, his operation expanded to include processing tomatoes, grain and vegetables for Seabrook Brothers. As Michael’s enterprise grew, the family combined operations in 2006, forming Dusty Lane Farms LLC. Following in his father’s footsteps, Michael is very involved in networking within the Ag industry.
As a young boy, Bill spent many summers on his grandfather Norman’s farm in Elmer, Salem County, New Jersey. Upon graduation from The Pennsylvania State University in 1965, with the guidance of his grandfather and cousin, Johnson Cooper, Bill eventually took ownership of the family’s 156 acre farm and began working the land that had been passed down through generations in his family since 1773
With his wife of 40 years, Diane, right by his side, the family farm has enjoyed a long history of potato production in New Jersey. Under Bill’s leadership and Diane’s work ethic, Dusty Lane Farms engaged in innovative agricultural practices, cooperative agreements with area growers, acquiring new equipment as well as expanding and enhancing building facilities. Times have changed but growing potatoes continue to be one of their major crops. With an eye for sustaining the business and keeping it viable, Bill’s keen knowledge of the potato industry lead him to become involved in a new venture as a founding partner and a Director of Keystone Potato Products, LLC. It’s a Pennsylvania potato dehydration plant that produces refrigerated fresh cut French fries and other desirable potato products.
Bill’s devotion to the community and support of agriculture has given him quite the resume. As a long-time resident of Upper Pittsgrove, Bill stepped up to become: Mayor for three years in 1981, 1987 and 1988 an an Upper Pittsgrove Township Committeeman off and on from 1979 to 2014.
Dusty Lane Farms is a sister farm (owned by Michael Brooks, CFO or Sorbello Farms CSA) and provides Sorbello Farms CSA with spinach, potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower.