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Farms & Wildlife

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Mission

Licensed by the state of New Jersey to care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals, the Sanctuary is dedicated to rehabilitating these animals back to health so they can be returned to the wild where they belong.

Our mission is also to actively educate the public on the importance of:

  • Caring for the ecosystems
  • Supporting the environment in which we live
  • Respecting the wildlife with whom we share this environment
  • Protecting and preserving our native lands for the future wildlife habitat

About us


 

Antler Ridge Farm was purchased by Kelly Corless and husband Jim Simonetti in 2000 and is registered under the farm land preservation program of New Jersey.  This means the 120 acre farm is preserved and can never be developed.  Over the years, some of the land has been restored to the original farming fields and the rest is being maintained as a wildlife sanctuary.  The loss of habitat in New Jersey has put a tremendous strain on the wildlife populations.  Under the guidance and direction of several agencies such as the Audubon Society, tree farm stewardship and ridge and valley conversation is practiced on this property to maintain and nurture the flora and fauna native to New Jersey.

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, as stated above, was started a year after the farm and is a licensed New Jersey rehabilitation center. Established as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2008, ARWS is supported exclusively by public donations and grants.  We are staffed by experienced volunteers providing care for animals 7 days a week, all year round.

All animals received at ARWS are provided ongoing care from admission through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and then discharge.   Each step of the process is critical to the goal of successful release while maintaining human safety and preventing  human imprinting.


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With over 1000 animals a year brought to our facility, WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Did you know it costs $175.00 per animal per month to provide proper care?

Please help us today with a generous donation.

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TreeLicious Orchards

About Us

At TreeLicious, we are keeping a family tradition of farming alive for its 7th generation.  Located in western New Jersey, in the heart of Warren County, alongside a stop on the old Morris Canal, our 130-acre orchard produces many varieties of fruit, both heritage varieties and new hybrids.  Ed and Carol Kesler purchased this working farm back in the 1980s as a place to raise both a family and the proper food to feed them.


The well-drained hillsides are perfect for fruit trees, and they reminded Ed of his childhood home in West Virginia “hollers.” Carol got a chance to bring her childhood memories to life when she opened Just Made Bakery in October 1997 and started using the recipes with which she grew up.

The family tradition continues, with son James managing the day-to-day farm operations, greeting and guiding the “pick-your-own” visitors, and spreading the word about good, local food.


We strive to bring the most current methods of low-impact farming, like integrated pest management, to the task of preserving the best-tasting traditional varieties of apples, peaches, plums, pears, apricots, and cherries. We celebrated our 25th year of farming in 2009, and we are looking forward to a growing future.


Our Bakery

At Just Made Bakery, we like to tempt our customers with a number of irresistible treats, among them being our Cider Doughnuts, a cinnamon-y ring of soft cake that goes will with our Orchard’s fresh-pressed cider. We also bake a variety of muffins, often with our fresh-picked orchard fruit in ’em, like Apple Blueberry, and Peach. Or own home-grown Zucchini muffins. 


Farm to Table Dinners

Experience a delicious farm-fresh dinner and views of gorgeous fall foliage in the rolling Warren County hills that is home to TreeLicious Orchards. Hosted and prepared by the farm owners, the Kesler Family, this three-course meal features fresh fruits and vegetables from TreeLicious’s own fields. The evening begins at 4:00 with a walking tour of the farm and appetizers, and continues with dinner and dessert at 6:30, accompanied by live music and refreshments. BYOB wine or beer, rain or shine, casual attire, walking shoes recommended.  


 

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Weddings

The Orchard at Tree-licious Farm is one of North Jersey’s most unique venues for weddings and special events.  Our historic family farm has been in operation since the 1800’s providing a picturesque charm in Northeast New Jersey.  Our orchard provides for either open air weddings to fully functioning tented weddings of up to 5,600 square feet of entertaining space and professional lighting which radiates a warm elegance throughout the interior. 


Bridal Showers

We offer two unique spaces for showers to accommodate groups from 10-75 guests. The historic barn offers a more rustic feel with low ceilings and cozy sitting area on the dock, rental of this space includes use of our dock which offers views of the rolling hills. Watch our antique apple cleaner clean the apples as your guests gather for a fun filled day at the Orchard.  



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Sugar Sweet Farms

About Us

 There is an ideology at the Sugar Sweet Farm, but don’t call it a petting zoo. It’s an experience of the love of nature, the land, animals, and once again with love at its forefront. Dennis Sugar developed Sugar Sweet Farms, originally to have interactive experiences between those with special needs and his collection of gentle and domesticated farm animals. The magic that ensued inspired Dennis and his partner Sheri to open the land they have for all to enjoy.


Just one look at the farms Facebook page, and you can feel the happiness in the bonding of people and their array of wonderful animals. There’s bottle feeding for the baby calves at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm every day, an experience I personally can’t wait to have. There’s true heart behind this operation, no enclosures, this is not a zoo, when you pass through gates, all animals are available to feed, pet, touch and connect with. Dennis tells me he has big plans that happen little by little. Each week he personally expands the operation just a little. They are not only incredible animal rescuers, they are farmers as well. People can get farm fresh eggs, produce, and all the the things that make living in Sussex County so special. They use their space for very important fundraisers for those with special needs, like I said, heart and love fuel this wonderful piece of property, that has so much happening, one has to experience it for themselves, I know I can’t wait!
 

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Petting farm with local produce, honey, eggs, feed and hay. Pasture raised poultry, lamb, goat, and cow. 

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Local Farms and Animals

New Jersey is home to some of the most beautiful farmland and hard working farmers in the region. And, on many of those diverse farms, there are things to do and learn that the whole family would enjoy.  

Orchards and Pick Your Own

While most people associate agriculture with our nation's heartland, New Jersey is home to more than 9,071 farms covering 715,057 acres of farmland. The state is among the leaders in many forms of agricultural production.  For example, New Jersey ranks: 5th in blueberry production, 3rd in cranberry production, 3rd in spinach, 3rd in bell peppers, 4th in peach production.  The state also produces an abundance of tomatoes, corn, apples, strawberries, potatoes, hay, soybeans and nursery stock.   


Our area offers many places to pick your own favorites at their peak time of year.