This page highlights those agricultural businesses and organizations that are hosting the 2012 field days. All other farms that offer apprenticeships in the area are welcome to join us on the field days.
Blooming Glen Farm
Contact: Tricia Borneman and Tom Murtha
98 Moyer Road
Perkasie, PA 18944
The Farm: Tricia Borneman and Tom Murtha follow their vision for encouraging sustainable agriculture in Bucks County through organic farming practices which enrich the soil and protect the water and air. They grow over 75 different varieties of vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs. They market their produce through a 300-member CSA, to restaurants, natural food stores as well as through farmers markets.
The Farmers: Tom Murtha and Tricia Borneman have been farming together for 12 years. They have on daughter, Dakota. They have worked on organic farms in Connecticut, Oregon, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and have been involved in all matters of diverse vegetable production and marketing. They returned to Bucks County where Tricia grew up because they are commited to preserving and encouraging the rich agricultural heritage of this region.
Contact: Dawn Buzby and Eric Buzby
21 Black Road
Woodstown, NJ 08098
The Farm: A.T. Buzby Farm, located on 170 acres in Salem County, NJ, was established in 1981 by Andrew and Dawn Buzby and operates with the help of their many family members. Buzby Farm produces both organically grown crops (for their CSA) and crops grown using integrated pest management (for their wholesale markets). Additionally, the Buzby's are in the process of becoming Good Agricultural Practices certified.
Camp Hill Village, Kimberton Hills
Contact: Todd and Mary Newlin
1731 French Creek Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
The Farm: Todd and Mary Newlin manage a 25 acre biodynamic, diversified crop and livestock farm within an ecovillage. The CSA, located on French Creek Road, has 150 members and employs a large crew of special needs employees and team apprentices. Todd's background originated in grafiti arts and developed into a agriculture, where he specialized in draft horse farming, which combines tractor and tillage. He trained with the best draft horse mentors on the East Coast. He also worked as an assistant manager at a local SEPA mechanized produce farm. Mary is a second generation Camp Hill legacy. They live with their three children and one special needs adult on the farm.
Contact: Liz Anderson, Michelle Kenstler
2565 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
The Farm: The Andersen Family started Charlestown Farm in 2000 on land it purchased a year earlier both to save from development and to create a local source of premium quality organic vegetables and fruits for their community. They market their produce through their 150 member CSA as well as through local farmers markets.
Liz Anderson: Liz and Bill Andersen oversee the operations of the Farm. They share a passion for growing good food. Liz writes farm newsletters, organizes Farm events, creates Monday morning breakfasts for the farm crew, and lends a helping hand wherever it is needed. She is one of the founders of Charlestown Farm and the Phoenixville Farmers’ Market which she manages. Liz raises beef cattle, sheep, and poultry on grass at Broadwater Farm and sells meat and eggs at the Farm. She is a graduate of Amherst College and received an MBA from the Wharton School.
Michelle Kenstler: manages the farm with help from assistant manager, Margo Bucco. Michelle grew up in rural Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Her family was passionate about self-sufficiency and respectfully working with nature. Michelle spent her youth working in her father’s extensive vegetable and fruit gardens, and learning the art of bread baking, food preservation and flower growing from her mother. Any spare time she had was spent roaming and exploring the state game land and forest behind her home. After graduating from college and living in South Carolina and West Virginia, Michelle returned to her home state to apprentice with John and Aimee Good of Quiet Creek Farm and CSA. Being a fourth generation farmer, Michelle takes pride in preserving her family’s farming heritage.
Common Market Philadelphia
Contact: Lindsay Gilmour
2901 W Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19129
Common Market: is a local food distributor or local foods to the Philadelphia area. Their mission is to strengthen regional farms while making the local bounty accessible to communities and the institutions that serve them. They provide the infrastructure to connect public and private schools, hospitals, universities, grocery stores and workplaces to good food grown by the region’s sustainable farmers.
Lindsay Gilmour: is the Farm to Market Liaison for Common Market, leading the farmer outreach team that seeks out new vendors in the region. Lindsay is a chef and formerly worked for Fair Food in Philadelphia where she developed and taught a workshop series for farmers called “Selling to the Wholesale Marketplace”.
Eagle Point Farm Market and Greenhouses
Contact: Steve and Gayle Ganser
853 S. Trexlertown Road
Trexlertown, PA 19530
The Farm: Steve and Gayle Ganser run Eagle Point Farm and market. Starting with a 600 home huckster route in 1983 and selling to restaurants when local food was not hot, Steve and Gayle helped start the first farm market in the valley. From there the farm has grown to include a busy farm market, four greenhouses, wreath making and gift baskets in addition to their sustainable fruit and vegetable growing sold through their own retail farm market.
The Farmers: Steve and Gayle Ganser started on their dream in 1979 when they purchased farmland in Maxatawny Township. A year later they were married and built their home. At that time Steve was a horticultural researcher for Rodale Experimental Farm, where he learned and tested many growing methods that they still incorporate today. Gayle used to be a sales rep for Breyer's ice cream. In 1983 Steve lost his job at Rodale and Eagle Point Farm was born. Steve and Gayle have two children. Steve and Gayle's growing philosophy has always been about sustainability and being good stewards of their land, even before those were popular catch phrases.
Contact: Nicole Shelly
5318 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036
The Farm: Gottschell Farm is a very small farm located near Limeport in the Lehigh Valley of PA in business since 2007. Steve and Nicole Shelly grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers using intensive farming methods on about an acre of land. Their products are grown without the use of any kind of sprays. Instead, they use cover crops, crop rotations, compost and diversity for fertility, disease and pest issues.
The Farmers: Steve and Nicole Shelly moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2007, where they started Gottschell Farm. Prior to that, they lived in Philadelphia for 10 years. In 2002, they learned how to farm when they were doing an internship on a certified organic farm in NY state. In 2003, they were interns at Somerton Tanks farm, which is a new urban farm in Philadelphia, where they continued to run all farming aspects from 2004 until 2006.
Greener Partners/Longview Center for Agriculture
Contact: Jennifer Brodsky
3215 Stump Hall Road
Collegeville, PA 19426
Greener Partners: is a non-for profit organization committed to imagining and creating a better food system. Greener Partners operates community Farm Hubs as resources for local produce and for education — as well as inspiration — about food and farming. Our farmers grow vegetables, herbs and fruit for our own Farm Market, Community Supported Agriculture members and to sell at area farmers' markets. Our education programs engage kids, both on our farms and in area schools, through programs like Seed to Snack®, The SOL Food Project and Greener Partners Farm Camps. To cross generations, we offer workshops for adults and families on the "lost arts" of our agricultural and cultural past that still are relevant and useful in our lives today. Since 2012, Greener Partners is also the carrier of Tri-State CRAFT, thereby helping to educate the next generation of farms.
The Longview Center for Agriculture (formerly Willow Creek Orchards) acts as a regional farm and food hub, reconnecting our community with the land and the food that sustains us. The Center encompasses of 120 acres of preserved farmland carefully managed using organic and sustainable farming practices. A wonderful example of a highly diversified production farm, we grow in all 4 seasons and integrate livestock production, fruit and vegetable growing, and educational opportunities for community members. The farm acts as an economic engine for the local food economy in several ways. Its robust array of on-farm programming for youth and adults includes summer camps, a CSA program and our signature event celebrating local food and farmers, The World's Greatest Farmer Showdown.
Jennifer Brodsky: is the Greener Partners' Managing Director for Montgomery County at the Longview Center for Agriculture in Collegeville PA. Jennifer combines her commitment to a thriving local food system, her entrepreneurial spirit and a deep passion for connecting community to food, farms and farmers. Jennifer Brodsky is an Advisory Board Member for Tri-State CRAFT.
Contact: Jeffrey Frank
4390 Liberty Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036
The Farm: Liberty Gardens, run by Jeffrey Frank and Kristin Illick, grows the highest quality vegetables, herbs, and fruits for restaurants. Their high quality is based on improving soil fertility, identifying superior plant varieties, and close attention to detail. Liberty Gardens used to be certified organic from 2000-2003, but they have since found that personal relationships with their customers provide a greater trust and understanding of their growing methods. As part of their commitment to soil health, they use no synthetic chemicals and no genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Jeff Frank runs Liberty Gardens in Coopersburg, PA, along with his wife Kristin Illick. He started farming in 2000 after a career in environmental education and a graduate degree in Natural Resource Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan. Jeff grows beautiful and nutritious vegetables for chefs in the Lehigh Valley and New York City.
North Star Orchard
Contact: Lisa and Ike Kerschner
3226 Limestone Rd.
Cochranville, PA 19330
Phone: [Office] 610-593-0314
The Farm: North Star Orchard is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and specializes in growing unique and heritage varieties of tree fruits and a wide variety of vegetables. Fruit selections include several hundred varieties of apples and dozens of varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, and Asian pears. All of the farm's produce is sold at local producer-only farmers' markets and through the farm's CSA. Many of the fruits and vegetables are sold at area producer-only farmers’ markets. Additionally, Fruit and Veggie CSA Shares are available each year. North Star Orchard was started in Chester County, PA in 1992 by Ike and Lisa Kerschner.
Lisa Kerschner: discovered she enjoyed working on a student farm at college (Penn State), after which she decided to pursue a degree in agriculture. Although she is the farm's Asian pear thinning expert, her time tends to be more occupied with marketing the farm's products at farmers' markets and managing the CSA, keeping on top of the farm's website and email newsletters, and bookkeeping/HR. She's given educational talks to groups of students, adults and farmers on a range a topics, from why/how we farm this way to CSA education for both consumers and beginning CSA farmers.
Ike Kerschner: grew up gardening, and at a young age was selling his vegetables at a tailgate market near his home. As a teen, he worked for a small local orchard that grew dwarf trellised trees. That experience inspired his goal to have his own orchard someday. Ike graduated from Penn State and has become well known in this area for his expertise in growing vinifera wine grapes on innovative trellis systems and for his knowledge and experience growing unique fruits and vegetables. He has written many articles about such practices, has taught classes at Longwood Gardens, and is a speaker at various seminars and conferences. He has hosted several large grower meetings at the farm. He enjoys working on the farm, and spends a lot of "leisure" time reading, cooking, and learning more about the fruit and vegetable growing industry.
Penn State Extension
Contact: Tianna DuPont
Northampton County Extension
14 Gracedale Ave
Nazareth, PA 18064
Penn State Extension PA Start Farming Program: http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming
Penn State Extension: offers practical how-to education and problem-solving assistance based on university research. They strive to help people make informed decisions to better their lives, businesses, and communities.
Tianna DuPont is an Educator in Sustainable Agriculture for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Northampton and Lehigh Counties working with organics, soil health, cover crops, reduced tillage, grazing and new farmers.
Pennypack Farm and Educational Center
Contact: Andy Andrews, Susan Curry
685 Mann Road
Horsham, PA 19044
The Farm: Pennypack Farm and Education Center is guided by their mission and core values to work with children, families, community groups, environmental and educational institutions to encourage awareness, and the creation of sustainable local food systems by offering educational programs and a community supported agriculture demonstration project. Pennypack farm grows organic fruit and vegetables for their CSA and for their food donation program.
Andy Andrews is the Farm Director at Pennypack Farm, a position he has held since coming to the farm in 2005. In this capacity, Andy manages the farm operations pertaining to crop and animal production, hires staff, formulates the agricultural budget, and oversees other farm projects as necessary.
Andy began his farming career in 1996 after leaving a job in the health care field to move to Nova Scotia, Canada. There, he worked on an organic farm and sustainable forestry operation and learned the basics of farming, animal husbandry, logging and land management. He then spent several years working on several farms throughout the Northeast and was exposed to a broad range of agricultural practices. Before coming to Pennypack, Andy co-founded Colchester Farm CSA in Georgetown, Maryland and managed the growing operations there for several years.
In addition to the above farming experience, Andy also worked for American Farmland Trust on agricultural land cost analysis, agricultural economic development, and agricultural economic impact studies. Andy holds a B.S. from the Virginia Military Institute and a M.S. from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Quiet Creek Farm
Contact: John and Aimee Good
611 Siegfriedale Rd.
Kutztown, PA 19530
The Farm: Quiet Creek Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture farm located at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA. The farm feeds two hundred member families each season from eight acres of certified organic farmland. In addition to CSA shares, the farm features a large u-pick garden and a local, sustainable food marketplace for CSA members.
The Farmers: John and Aimee Good have been working the land at Quiet Creek CSA for six seasons. Previously the Goods managed Charlestown Cooperative Farm in Phoenixville, PA for four seasons. Along with two seasons as CSA farm apprentices in Massachusetts, the Goods have a combined twenty years of farm experience behind them. John and Aimee, both originally from Emmaus, PA, have returned to their roots in order to bring their skills as organic growers to the place they love.
The Apprenticeship: At Quiet Creek Farm, seasonal Apprenticeships are a very important part of our farm’s mission. Farmers John and Aimee Good believe that the future of sustainable agriculture is dependent on education and the exchange of information, and the training of future farmers. After all, these farmers got their own start as apprentices at organic vegetable CSA farms. John and Aimee are committed to training apprentices in all aspects of vegetable production and marketing, as well as business management, and have had several apprentices go on to start farms of their own.
Seven Star’s Dairy
Contact: Mark Dunphy
501 West Seven Stars Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: 610 476 7060
Seven Stars Dairy is a 350 acre certified Biodynamic dairy farm located in northern Chester County, PA. Seven Stars Farm uses the milk from their Jersey and Jersey crossed herd to produce Seven Stars Organic Yogurt. The yogurt is sold via natural foods distributors throughout the eastern United States.
The Rodale Institute
Contact: Cynthia James
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, PA 19530
The Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over sixty years, the Rodale Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing its findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
The Farming Systems Trial® is the longest-running side-by-side U.S. study comparing conventional chemical agriculture with organic methods. It has found that organic yields match conventional and outperform them in years of drought and environmental distress. New areas of study include rates of carbon sequestration in chemical versus organic plots and new techniques for weed suppression. The Rodale Institute is sharing its findings with farmers, scientists, policy-makers, gardeners and consumers the world over through field days, workshops and online tools.
Cynthia James runs the Agriculture Supporting Communities (ASC) program at the Rodale Institute.
The Seed Farm
Contact: Sara Runkel
5854 Vera Cruz Rd
Emmaus, PA 18049
The Farm: The Seed Farm’s new farmer training and agricultural business incubator program helps start and maintain new sustainable farms in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, facilitating the development of a vibrant, local food system. The Seed Farm links new farmers with training, equipment and land through its Apprenticeship and Stewardship Programs, eliminating the top three barriers to farm entry and opening doors for a new generation of farmers.
Sara Runkel directs all aspects of The Seed Farm, including the training programs, equipment trials and the market garden demonstration. She joined the Seed Farm after running her own organic vegetable farm for several years. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and a M.S. is Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Turning Roots Farm
Contact: Chris H. Costa
Home Farm located at 231 Little Washington Road, Downingtown, PA
Lundale Farm located at 3500 Coventryville Road, Coventryville, PA
The Farm: Turning Roots Farm is an organic and biodynamic family farm located on two properties in Chester County, Pennsylvania. TJ Costa and Christine Henwood Costa grow a wide variety of vegetables, raise a flock of laying hens and care for thousands of honeybees. They sell their produce at farmer’s markets, their farm stand and through their CSA. They also have a growing education program designed to connect people more deeply with their food and the natural world.
The Farmers: Turning Roots Farm is run by the husband and wife team of TJ Costa and Christine Henwood Costa. After working on several organic and sustainable farms in Chester County and nurturing lots of life in their home garden, Chris and TJ started Turning Roots Farm in the 2009 growing season. Chris and TJ have extensive experience in education, working with youth and adults in a broad range of areas including farm-based education, experiential, outdoor and classroom settings, and contemplative and yoga disciplines, and bring this experience wholeheartedly into the vision of Turning Roots Farm. Both Chris and TJ are students of biodynamics and strive to consider and balance all elements of the farm in the most natural way possible.
Waste Oil Recyclers
Contact: Jim Bricker
Mogreena Green Business Park
12 Union St,
Modena PA 19358
The Company: Waste Oil Recyclers currently services restaurants, stadiums, schools, markets and hospitals in PA, NJ, DE and MD, providing an efficient and clean fryer oil removal and recycling service. All used cooking oil is processed and used locally as fuel in grease burning engines, boilers, electrical generators or in Biodiesel production. Using used vegetable oil as fuel versus feedstock for animal feed and cosmetics contributes to improving air quality, reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions, and lowering dependence on foreign fuel sources. Waste Oil Recyclers offers businesses an opportunity to make a positive change in our environment. Kitchen grease collection services are free and used cooking oil containers are provided at no charge. Waste Oil Recyclers (WOR) compensates all of our customers with the most completive price and most conscientious service in our region.
Furthermore, WOR is also committed to a variety of other projects, including community outreach and education through sustainability presentations at local schools, Energy Independence Day (EID), a yearly local music and sustainability fair, and through a budding onsite CSA, providing thousands of pounds of organic vegetables to its employees and surrounding community.