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Jess Niederer, 2019

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Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Jess Niederer is a 13th generation of Niederer farmers, where the Niederers have been in Hopewell Valley since 1910. Jess is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources, and after stints in conservation biology, ornithology, disaster relief, and development work, Jess started Chickadee Creek Farm in 2010. Jess was named New Jersey's 2016 Outstanding Young Farmer. In the interview, Jess shares the struggles involved with renovating her family farm into a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and the challenges that come farming full-time today. Jess explores the importance of paying attention to the soil and the spiritual and biological stories that soil tell. Finally, Jess explores various complexities related to farming such as family dynamics, employee management, and climate change.

Collection History

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Valencia Johnson in 2023. Finding aid written by Valencia Johnson in 2023.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Please refer to individual interviewers for restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Jess Niederer; American Agrarians: Ideas of Land, Labor, and Food Oral Histories, AC498, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Originals

Interviews in this series were originally archived as part of the "MS926 Voices of Princeton Oral History Collection, Series 3: American Agrarians" at the Historical Society of Princeton.