Class Code: RN01
Agricultural Entertainment - How to Make Farmland work for you! Hayrides & More
Rich and Debbie Norz
Saturday May 19, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Class Description and Updated Title coming soon.
About Rich and Debbie Norz
Rich & Debbie own and run Norz Hill Farm & Market, LLC. This family run farm business hosts over 60,000 people per year with their on farm retail produce business and family friendly Fall Festival u-pick pumpkin event. Rich and Debbie also farm over 1000 acres of corn, soybeans and hay with Rich’s father at Norz Hill Farm. In 2007 Rich and Debbie decided to add a haunted attraction. This small attraction to their daytime farm business became known as Creepy Hollow and has since evolved into a three attraction haunt known as “Scare Farm” where they host tens of thousands of visitors each year. (www.ScareFarm.com)
In 2000, the farm was enrolled in the state Farmland Preservation Program. That same year, Rich and his wife Debbie decided to plant a quarter acre of pumpkins so their family and friends could have some fun in October. In four years, their little pumpkin patch grew into a small agritourism business, with 1,500 people visiting the farm for pumpkin picking, hayrides and farm tours. Eventually, a corn maze, designed, planted and cut by Rich and Debbie was added, they implemented educational tours to grade school and pre-school children, added a Haunted Trail and opened an on-farm produce stand to sell the vegetables and fruits grown on the farm. In 2008, more than 20,000 people visited the farm that now is comprised of 1,425 acres, 78 owned in partnership and 1,347 rented in partnership. This number has continued to grow into the gigantic ScareFarm Attraction of NJ today.
At the state level, his cows have won Grand Champion and Junior Champion several times and he has been named Premier Breeder four times. Rich also has a sideline he calls “Cow Advertising.” With the help of his cow’s New York talent agent, some of his cows have appeared on Saturday Night Live, NBC News, Vogue Magazine and with Martha Stewart in a “Got Milk?” ad.
Rich has served as president and various other officers and positions for the New Jersey Holstein Association, New Jersey Junior Holstein Association, the Somerset County Board of Agriculture, New Jersey 4-H Dairy Advisory Council and the New Jersey National Holstein Convention. He’s a member of the Somerset County Agriculture Development Board, Hillsborough Wildlife Commission and Hillsborough Agriculture Committee and is active in Somerset County 4-H.