THE FIELD AND LARDER FARM
We are a recent addition to the community of farms growing at the Chester Agricultural Center in Chester, NY. We started our business in 2018 and began by raising a small number of crops for 4 restaurants in the Hudson Valley. Over the winter, we moved to Chester and have started farming in the fertile soil known as the Black Dirt.
We are a no-spray farm that believes in building soil fertility through practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, and adding beneficial nutrients to the soil.
We use as many reusable materials as possible, relying on biodegradable plastic mulch for our field crops. We trellis our tomatoes with sisal twine and compostable clips so that everything goes into the compost pile, not the garbage.
We believe in growing crops that produce for a longer season such as ever-bearing strawberries, indeterminate tomatoes, and pole beans. This allows us to put more energy into hand-tending the plants, minimizing the usage of machines, and generally getting more food out of every plant that we grow.