four farms join feast
For 2018, Feast of the Fields welcomes four new farms: Goode Farm, Ballston Spa, NY, Ramble Creek Farm, Greenwich, NY, Owl Wood Farm, Salem, NY, and Squashville Farm, Porter Corners, NY.
Ramble Creek Farm believes it is important to use practices that are good for the health of the animals, the land and the people. They manage pastures organically and do not use herbicides or pesticides. They are working to develop regenerative systems, where each aspect helps the next. The cows eat the grass, the grass grows a better root system, the chickens follow the cows to eat the bugs and so on. The pigs forage the forest and make room for new wild plants to grow. All of them help with weed control and add nutrients.
Owl Wood Farm is a diverse mixed-vegetable operation. They are Certified Naturally Grown. They plant a wide variety of vegetables for local farmers’ markets, CSA, restaurants, and co-ops. They grow using small-scale, intensive methods using hand tools on one acre. They have transitioned to a no-till system, which means they don’t plow or roto-till the soil. By never inverting or mixing the soil layers they’re allowing the soil biology to build a healthy ecosystem that is undisturbed. They focus on creating highly fertile soils by using lots of compost to feed the soil biology, which ultimately feeds the plants.
Squashville Farm of Porter Corners, a small village north of Saratoga Springs, provides Feast with broccoli and kale this year for the first time. They grow some amazing greens, garlic and delicious goat meat for the grill! Starting seven years ago in their backyard, the farm has become expert in producing numerous varieties. They experiment based on what their taste buds like.
Goode Farm is woman operated. It is home to their three-year-old son, Jules, a flock of heritage chickens, and a wide variety of specialty vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. They report that clay and sandy loam, rich with the minerals that made Ballston Spa famous in the nineteenth century, provide ideal ground for the sustainable cultivation of plants and dreams that they never knew existed.
Get your tickets now for Feast of the Fields 2018 so you can enjoy some great food supplied by these generous farms!