Welcome to a dynamic, diverse and thriving place where people can achieve their best.
Carriage Farm is a distinct property offering a place for healthy work-life integration and engagement with nature and community.
We envision a place that inspires innovation, stimulates business, cultivates community and embraces our agricultural heritage.
The Carriage Farm property dates back to the 18th century when it was purchased by a group of Dutch investors and later settled by Dutch immigrants who began the long rich history of farming the land. In 1986 the property was purchased by Ed Clerico who blended its agricultural heritage with his vision for the future. On the 20-acre tract, he used one of the oldest farmhouses in Hillsborough Township as the base for a combination of modern offices and existing farm structures. The property shows as a current, efficient office building when seen from County Route 514, and a restored farmstead and active farm when viewed from Clerico Lane.
A doctor’s horse-drawn carriage, the namesake of Carriage Farm, was discovered in a barn on the property. The nameplate on the carriage indicates it came from the Hoagland Agency in Somerville, which later became the oldest Pontiac dealership in the country.
The tale told is that Ernestine Clerico paid to have the electric lines run down the lane to her farmhouse, thus an unnamed carriage path became Clerico Lane.
The land has been in agricultural use for over 300 years. Today, regenerative agriculture coexists with commercial activities at Carriage Farm, providing immeasurable benefits to employees and visitors as well as the surrounding community. It is a special place where you can go to work and see animals grazing in a pasture outside your window instead of contrived landscapes and a sea of parking.
Once abundant in New Jersey, native hazelnut trees were wiped out in the mid-1900s by an uncontrolled blight. We are proud to be the 1st commercial hazelnut orchard in New Jersey through collaboration with Rutgers’ Horticulture Department, where, after 20 years of research, a disease resistant hybrid hazelnut tree has been developed. Hazelnuts are a sustainable crop requiring few inputs such as water and fertilizers, and providing ecological services that prevent soil erosion, recharge ground water and sequester carbon.
An agricultural engineer, environmentalist, entrepreneur and farmer – Ed has spent his career working in the water resource business focusing on water conservation through reuse.
A land use planner, nature lover, animal welfare advocate and traveler – Sue’s career has spanned multiple disciplines of planning from environmental, housing, transportation and as LEED AP overseeing the LEED certification process for the Carriage Farm office addition.
Together we share the belief that people desire a sense of connection. Connection to others, to nature, to their work and to self. We built Carriage Farm based on this ideal.
Carriage Farm presents a balance between a stimulating work life, the tranquility of nature and a sense of well-being that comes from being a part of a community.
Think Outside the Box and Work Outside the Walls
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Understanding that the greenest building is one that already exists, our recycling building was itself recycled from an adjoining farm with the help of the NJ Barn Company. That’s a special commitment to creative solutions! Reuse – Recycle- Repurpose.
Building 1 was built using energy conservation methods back in the days of gas shortages. A unique ground source geothermal system was installed before this was popular in NJ, or elsewhere for that matter. Building 2 achieved LEED Silver Certification, the first LEED certified office in Somerset County.
This ensemble of 19th century barns are a valuable part of Carriage Farm’s agricultural heritage. The Dutch barn boasts rare hand-hewn timber beams, while the attached English barn, considered the “grandfather of the American barns” radiates natural beauty from its wooden interior. Currently under restoration, these barns will be the future home to a local microbrewery. The rustic granary barn, once a storehouse for grain is slated for a restaurant or other food service.
As Carriage Farm’s journey continues we look forward to building upon our foundation of flexible and innovative design.
Whether your organization requires a traditional office-intensive layout or an open floor plan we can tailor any space to fit the specific needs of your business.
This highly efficient, LEED certified building offers a healthy workplace environment and energy cost savings with an open floor plan that lets in an abundance of natural light.
Individual Offices Comfort Controls
Diverse Tenant Mix
On-site Brewery for Special Gatherings
Outdoor Work Spaces
Personal Training & Fitness
COMING SOON- Café/Restaurant
Approval for future development of 66,000 SF of mixed-use space is in place and available until 2023. We welcome interested build-to-suit tenants, entrepreneurs, development partners and investors to contact us.