Fields Without Fences follows a philosophy of deep ecology rooted in the functionality and balance of natural systems. On our 10 acre certified organic medicinal forest garden farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey we cultivate herbs, fruit, and wild edibles within an innovative, naturalized design framework. Beyond our site we provide permaculture consulting services on projects across the region. Our cultivation style and ecological approach is aimed at restoring health and integrity to our shared landscape.
Fields Without Fences Overview
Our certified organic farm is nestled in the quiet cliff side of the Delaware River Watershed. Here we have been developing a system that combines ecological restoration with agricultural production, in an effort to reorient this formerly degraded landscape toward a path of healing. Our farm is designed as a perennial polyculture medicinal orchard. Orchard plantings are organized to mimic a forest architecture within a productive agricultural system. Our approach to cultivation is motivated by a philosophical position that recognizes the inherent worth of all living creatures, and is concerned with improving the overall well being of an interconnected ecology.
In 2013 we developed our first line of herbal teas and balms, and in 2015 we launched our Herbal Farm Membership program featuring 45+ herbal products for seasonal health and well being. Teas and a small selection of our herbal products are available for purchase through our Online Shop.
During the growing season you can find our full line of herbal products at the West Windsor Farmer's Market every Saturday 9am-1pm from May through November.
Fresh herbs, fruit, and wild edibles from our farm can be found on the plates of locally sourcing restaurants from New York to Philadelphia through our distributor, Zone 7.
Since 2014, Fields Without Fences has been providing ecological services in the form of permaculture consulting and landscape management & design. Our clients include non-profits, small scale and broad acreage farm sites, and independent land owners.
Fields Without Fences offers educational opportunities in the form of workshops, presentations, internships & events hosted on site. Stay up to date on events & programming by signing up for our newsletter mailing list below.
Johann Rinkens is the co-owner/operator of Fields Without Fences, an organic farm & regenerative design service based in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Approaching land management from a restorative perspective, Johann combines his background in agriculture and anthropology to introduce diverse native flora back into the landscape, develop passive water retention systems, and implement productive reforestation projects based on principles of ecological succession. Beyond their small farm site, Johann & his partner Lindsay work on sustainable agriculture and permaculture design projects.
Lindsay Napolitano is an herbalist, artist, and educator living and working out of the fields and forests of the Delaware River Watershed in western New Jersey. She is the co-owner of Fields Without Fences, an innovative medicinal forest garden farm and permaculture design service. Working and advising regionally on regenerative agriculture projects, her approach to working with depleted landscapes follows a philosophy of deep ecology rooted in the functionality and balance of natural systems. She is an educator and clinical herbalist at River Canyon Herbal, and participates in a monthly free herbal clinic at Changewater Wellness Center. Her work emerges out of a deep curiosity and reverence for the healing power of plants to positively transform our internal and external ecologies. You can usually find her outside, aiding and abetting the plants in their ceaseless quest for world domination.