CGF Staff

The Producers


JJ Dabbs, the man.




JJ Dabbs
Herdsman: Dairy Cows, Cattle, Pigs, and Turkeys

JJ believes that farming from the soil up, gives the best solid foundation for good grass, healthy cows, and quality milk. Trained as a agronomist, his head and his heart are in the soil. And he loves a good IPA.

Favorite Cherry Grove Farm cheese:  Herdsman

Andrew w the Cows

Andrew contemplating the cows


Andrew Insua
Herdsman: Dairy Cows, Cattle, Pigs, Sheep, and Chickens

An archaeologist by profession, Andrew’s interest in farming and herding bloomed while on a dig in Turkey. On the farm, he digs Princeton Radio while milking the cows.

Favorite Cherry Grove Farm cheese:  Lawrenceville Jack

The Cheese-makers

Paul Lawler

Paul Lawler in repose

Paul Lawler
Head Cheese-maker and Wholesale Sales

Most often found in the cheese room scrutinizing milk, probing PH values, and chasing curd. Currently really excited about the renovations to our aging rooms that will allow us to hone in on our line. Enjoys any well-made cheese, dense with flavor, particularly partnered with equally fine ales. 

Favorite Cherry Grove Farm cheese: Trilby

Vince gifting an apple to Eli the goat

Vince gifting an apple to Eli the goat


Vincent Vercillo

A one-time Cherry Grove Farm intern, Vince majored in Nutritional Herbalism. He’s also our resident homesteader, crafting everything from bread to soap. 

Favorite Cherry Grove Farm Cheese: Toma (“I’m responsible for the rind washing, so I feel close to it.”)

The Cottage Folk


Gillian with a bestie

Gillian Armstrong
Education Coordinator
(click here to meet the teachers!)

Gillian was born and raised on a dairy farm and counts her happiest days in the pastures, or snow boarding. Her work with Rutgers, Jersey Fresh, and local ag groups helps us stay in touch with our larger community.

Favorite Cherry Grove Farm Cheese:  Buttercup Brie

Kathy with an original “Oliver” holiday wreath

Kathy Simon

Retail Sales and Marketing

With a theater degree and an entrepreneurial spirit, she is most often found with her camera documenting life on the farm. Speaks Italian and loves to practice.

Favorite Cherry Grove Farm cheese: Havilah


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens