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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

Phone: 215-257-2566

E-mail: info@bloomingglenfarm.com

Website: http://www.bloomingglenfarm.com

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.

 

 

Buzby Farm

Contact: Dawn Buzby and Eric Buzby

21 Black Road
Woodstown, NJ 08098

Phone: 856-297-1656

E-mail: eric@buzbyfarm.com

Website: http://buzbyfarm.com

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

Phone: 610-937-0049

Email: sankanaccsa@gmail.com

Website: http://camphillkimberton.org

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. 

 

Charlestown Farm    

Contact: Liz Anderson, Michelle Kenstler

2565 Charlestown Road

Phoenixville, PA 19460

Phone: 610-917-0252

E-mail: info@charlestownfarmcenter.org

Website: http://www.charlestowncooperativefarm.org

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

Phone: 215-696-9780

E-mail: lindsay@commonmarketphila.org

Website:  http://commonmarketphila.org

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

Phone: 610-395-8620

E-mail: gganser1@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.eaglepointfarmmarket.com

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. 

 

 

Gottschell Farm

Contact: Nicole Shelly

5318 Limeport Pike

Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: 267-496-6303

E-mail: nicole@gottschellfarm.com

Website: www.gottschellfarm.com

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

Phone: 610-584-6580

E-mail: heather.leach@greenerpartners.org

Website: www.greenerpartners.org

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.  

 

Liberty Gardens

Contact: Jeffrey Frank

4390 Liberty Road

Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: 610-282-5860

E-mail: farmer@libertyorganic.com, jeffreyfrank@yahoo.com

Website: www.libertyorganic.com

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

E-mail: Lisa@northstarorchard.com

Website:http://www.northstarorchard.com

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

Greystone Building

14 Gracedale Ave

Nazareth, PA 18064

Phone: 610-746-1970

E-mail: std11@psu.edu

Website: extension.psu.edu/vegetable-fruit

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

Phone:[Office] 215-646-3943

E-mail: pennypackfarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pennypackfarm.org

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

Phone: 610-285-4678

E-mail: farmers@quietcreekfarmcsa.com

Website: http://www.quietcreekfarmcsa.com

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

E-mail: mfdunphy@comcast.net

Website: http://www.sevenstarsfarm.com

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

Phone: 610-683-1484

E-mail: cynthia.james@rodaleinstitute.org

Website: http://www.newfarm.org, http://www.rodaleinstitute.org

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: Becca Munro, Farm Manager

Farm Address:
5854 Vera Cruz Rd
Emmaus, PA 18049

Mailing Address:
4184 Dorney Park Rd., Suite 107
Allentown, PA 18104

Phone:  610-391-9583 x16

E-mail: info@theseedfarm.org

Website: www.theseedfarm.org

The Farm: The Seed Farm’s new farmer training program and agricultural business incubator help start and maintain new sustainable farms in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The Seed Farm provides new farmers with intensive training, as well as access to equipment and land, eliminating the top three barriers to farm entry and opening doors for a new generation of farmers.

Becca Munro directs the new farmer training program and farm incubator at The Seed Farm, as well as managing the site and day-to day operations of the market garden.
Becca has worked for many years as a farm manager/educator for non-profits like Heifer International's Overlook Farm and The FARM Institute. She got her start growing plants in her family's native plants nursery, and she went on to farm on both large- and small operations throughout Massachusetts, Maine, North Carolina, and California. Becca is a graduate of Warren Wilson College, in Western North Carolina, where she studied sustainable agriculture and first learned to drive a tractor. She is a naturalist, a beekeeper, a paddler, and artist.

 

 

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

Phone: 484-228-8437

E-mail: chris@turningrootsfarm.com

Website: http://turningrootsfarm.com

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

E-mail:jim@wasteoilrecyclers.com

Website: www.wasteoilrecyclers.com

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.

 

Farm: Hillside Farm Topic: Small Farm Efficiencies and Innovations/Working with Community Partners Potluck/cob oven pizza party * on 9/10/2014April 8th, 2014

Wholesome Dairy Farms Topic: Holistic dairy production on 8/27/2014March 25th, 2014

2013 RecapMarch 5th, 2014

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training 2013 May 2nd :   Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, PA - CRAFT kickoff event on Greenhouse Propagation + Potluck     ***

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