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 four restaurants in the Hudson Valley. We moved to Chester in 2019 and have started farming in the fertile soil known as the Black Dirt.
We are working on a 5- year plan to produce organic strawberries and raspberries on a commercial scale for people in the Hudson Valley. So far we have had an amazing response from our customers, but we are still only producing on a very limited scale. Growing berries organically on a commercial scale is a difficult proposition, and we are currently refining our growing practices before we invest in a ramping up our production. In the meantime, we are enjoying getting the word out about our farm stand at the Beacon Farmers Market and the new mini CSA that we are delivering to Beacon starting in June of 2020.
We believe in using organic practices and building soil fertility through 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.