WHY WE FARM
Clean Food – Everyone on our land is required to farm according to organic practices. But organic practices do allow the spraying of some chemicals, and that’s why our commitment is to No-Spray rather than Organic. We control insect damage using crop barriers that physically block insect from eating our crops because we don’t believe in spraying. We also prevent insect damage by planting crops according to a schedule that avoids the heaviest insect pressure.
Food Access - We started our farm with a desire to make fresh local produce more accessible to people who live in Beacon and Newburgh.
We use our CSA delivery locations as places to make donations to food pantries, simultaneously eliminating food waste caused by donating unclaimed CSA shares. We also offer a no questions asked sliding scale pricing so that our CSA is accessible to anyone regardless of their financial situation.
This year we are expanding our Beacon CSA to include a Newburgh dropoff location and so we will now be able to make donations to a Tiny Food Pantry in downtown Newburgh.
What We Grow
Heirloom Vegetables- we grow food for maximum flavor, not maximum quantity – we plant heirloom vegetable varieties because they taste better, they promote biodiversity, and they have intrinsic cultural value. One of our main motivations is to keep these varieties alive and to teach people about them.
Fall Strawberry Project - When we started our farm, we knew that we wanted to grow fall or "everbearing" strawberries for our local customers. We knew there was a high demand for fall fruit but that strawberries require a high amount of labor. Therefore, we are investing long-term in trying to develop a growing system that will allow us to eventually produce this fantastic fruit on a larger scale.
Working With Us
Finding the right people to help us grow clean food is one of the biggest challenges we face as a small farm. We want to invest in the well-being of our farm workers, and create an environment where everyone feels welcome.
Safe Space – We are grateful to anyone who wants to take on the physical toil of farming with us. We seek to create a supportive environment for all, regardless of your immigration status, race, or sexual orientation.
Farmworker Training – We believe in training people who want to farm for a living. We have a special interest in training people who speak Spanish as their first language and providing them a supportive and compassionate work environment.