2021 Honorees

Brad Burke, Longmeadow Farm

Farmer of the Year

Growing up in rural Martinsville, NJ, Brad Burke began growing vegetables when he was 8 years old. His interest in agriculture stayed with him and he graduated from Cooke College/Rutgers with a degree in plant science. In 1976, Brad Burke started a backyard nursery/landscaping business on four acres in Bridgewater, NJ.

In 1996, Brad planted an apple orchard on property he bought in Hope, NJ, and created Longmeadow Farm. Today, his pick-your-own farm produces 16 varieties of apples, plus pumpkins, sweet corn, raspberries, blackberries and vegetables. A proponent of sustainable farming, he uses as many organic practices as possible, minimizing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. He produces 4,000 cubic yards of compost each year to naturally build up the soil on his farm. Thousands of people experience life on the farm each year as they visit Longmeadow to pick their own food.

Each year, Brad generously donates surplus fruits and vegetables to gleaning organizations to feed those in need, including the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare program.

Corey Tierney, Warren County Land Preservation

Partner of the Year

As the Director of Land Preservation Department for Warren County, Corey Tierney strives to protect the county’s natural and cultural resources while simultaneously promoting economic growth and development throughout the community. Protecting the community’s natural resources, he formalized the Warren County Park System, expanding it to 10 parks comprising over 2,200 acres, and created the Warren County Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to provide advocacy, fundraising, and volunteerism in furtherance of these parks. Protecting the community’s historic resources, he has administered dozens of grants totaling nearly $9 million to local groups and municipalities for their historic preservation projects, such as the Asbury Gristmill, Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead, Ramsayburg Homestead, Rutherfurd Hall, Vass House, and others.

Protecting the community’s agricultural resources, Corey has grown the county’s farmland preservation program to include 297 farms comprising 25,882 acres. Assisting local farms and farmers, he has also managed dozens of Right-To-Farm matters, completed the ‘Grow Warren’ Strategic Growth and Marketing Plan, launched the ‘Grown In Warren’ buy local campaign, and partnered with the Foodshed Alliance to offer 5-acre beginning farmer plots on county parkland.

An attorney, Corey also teaches courses in business, law, and government at Warren County Community College where he is a Senior Adjunct Instructor. And he volunteers as a member of the Hackettstown Land Use Board and the New Jersey Planning Officials organization.

André deWaal, André’s Lakeside Dining

Volunteer of the Year

In 1975, at the age of eight, André had a copy of the catalogue from The Culinary Institute of America. He knew then that this was the school he would attend. In 1988 he graduated from the Institute where he was voted “most likely to succeed.”

André cut his chops and a finger or two at such New Jersey favorites as The Manor, Park One Eleven, and Rosemary & Sage. In 1998 with the help of his wife Tracey, Andre’s Restaurant was opened in Newton, NJ. The restaurant has received rave reviews including an “Excellent” in the NY Times and Four Stars from the Star Ledger. Andre’s has also been voted Best of the Best in North Jersey twice by the readers of New Jersey Monthly Magazine and named one of New Jersey’s most romantic restaurants by the Artful Diner.

André opened André’s Lakeside Dining at its new location on Seneca Lake in Sparta, NJ, in 2015. With a twice monthly changing menu, Chef André has the opportunity to take advantage of all of the local seasonal bounty that Sussex County has to offer. Any given menu will offer a balance of comfort and adventure, garnering inspiration from Europe, California and Asia. His mantra being; Eat a lot and pay attention! Zagat rated André’s a 27-“Excellent” for food and 26 for service. Also “Worth The Trip” which makes André’s a destination restaurant for many visitors to Sussex County.

André has cooked at the James Beard Foundation Awards as well as many charity benefits in the tri state area. These events have allowed him to cook alongside some of the great chefs that he admires.

André has been a long-time supporter of the Foodshed Alliance, volunteering to cook at virtually every farm-to-fork event and even hosting fundraisers at their restaurant. André’s support of local farms and sustainable, organic agriculture is legendary and drives the choices he makes in his restaurant, his life and his philanthropy.