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Alfred E. Galletta
Alfred E. Galletta has been a dedicated advocate for New Jersey's agriculture industry for more than 25 years.

A graduate of Hammonton High School, Galletta is co-owner of Atlantic Blueberry Company, the largest cultivated blueberry farm in the world. The farm covers more than 1,300 acres, producing an average of eight million pounds of blueberries annually. Innovations in mechanical harvesting, grading and packaging of fresh and processed berries, as well as the development of new berry varieties in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture keep Atlantic Blueberry Company in the forefront of the industry. During the harvest season, over 2,000 pickers work in the fields each day.

A member of the North American Blueberry Council since 1981, Galletta served on the State Board of Agriculture from 1992 through 1996, acting as its president during the last year of his term.

Galletta has been a member of the Atlantic County Board of Agriculture since 1977, serving as vice president in 1985 and 1986 and as president in 1987 and 1988. He has also served as a member of its Board of Trustees, becoming a Lifetime Membership recipient in 1997. Galletta was a member of the Farm Credit of South Jersey Board of Directors from 1984 to 1993, serving as Chairman of the Board from 1988 to 1993.

Galletta is a past president and member of the St. Joseph's High School Booster Club and has been a member of the Hamilton Township School Board since 1999. He also serves on the Great Egg Harbor River Watershed Steering Committee.

Some of the many honors that Galletta has received include a Certificate of Appreciation for Significant Contributions to American Workers from the United States Department of Labor in 1980; a certificate of appreciation from Farm Credit of South Jersey in 1994; a Lifetime Membership Award for 20 years as an Executive Committeeman from the Atlantic County Board of Agriculture; and an award from the Atlantic County Office of the Prosecutor.

Galletta lives with his wife Marlene and children Alfred and Angela in Mays Landing.

In recognition and appreciation of his dedication to the betterment of New Jersey agriculture, the State Board of Agriculture is proud to present Alfred E. Galletta with its citation for Distinguished Service to New Jersey Agriculture.