Fields Without Fences

following a philosophy of deep ecology

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.

Specializing in native & medicinal species.

FIELDS WITHOUT FENCES ORGANIC FARM

Center field, Duck Pond, 2014

Regenerative Agriculture

Our certified organic farm is nestled in the quiet cliff side of the Delaware River Watershed.  Here we cultivate native and medicinal varieties of herbs, fruit, mushrooms, and wild edibles in a regenerative design system that mimics the natural ecology. 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.

echinacea in bloom, 2014

The landscape of the northeast was once home to a myriad of native fruit and nut species that populated the canopy of the old growth forests.  The forest breaks and understory edges were home to wild berries and a changing succession of deeply regarded medicinal herbs and mushrooms.  Many of these native species, such as pawpaw, persimmon, and elderberry, are being reestablished here as part of a regenerative vision that combines agriculture and restoration.

Our gardens take the form of young forests, mosaic meadows, and shaded stream banks.  Native fruit trees grow alongside berries, medicinal herbs, herbaceous roots, and mushrooms in a storied architecture that mimics a naturalized forest succession.  Cultivation occurs within an evolving framework as species mature and yields increase in a process of unfolding succession. Perennial root systems stabilize the soil, flowers bloom as forage for the pollinators, and song birds nest in the trees.  Designing a cohesive and interactive agricultural system at the holistic level is exemplary of a familiar trope; “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”


FARM IMAGES


bees on catnip, 2014

GROWING PRACTICES

We are certified organic growers committed to keeping our environment free of pesticides & herbicides.  The overall health of the system relies on the synergistic relationship between the people, plants, animals, and a robust soil micro biome.  Healthy functioning parts create an overall harmony throughout the system.  Complementary relationships are formed at every level of the polyculture, from the mycorrhizal fungi and roots, to the blossoms and the bees.

southeast field, 2014

Many of the species we grow here, such as black cohosh, american ginseng, and ramps, are disappearing from the wild.  Growing these plants allows us to harvest them for use without depleting natural stands.  We incorporate these medicinal and native species in cultivated environments that mimic their natural habitat.  This process continues to close the perceived division between the cultivated landscape and the natural world.  Our wild edges dominate the landscape.

All Fields Without Fences herbs, fruit, mushrooms, and wild edibles are harvested by hand to assure exceptional standards of quality.

WORKING WITH US

Dried herbs, teas, herbal extracts, and other products made with Fields Without Fences herbs can be purchased at our ONLINE SHOP.

Experience a year of herbal health and well being by joining Fields Without Fences' MEDICINAL HERB CSA,   Sign up today!

Purchase direct from the farmers for pick-up by emailing info@fieldswithoutfences.org

Fields Without Fences regularly sells through a local farm distributor, ZONE 7, servicing the PA/NJ/NY region.  If you are a restaurant or retail outlet willing to source produce from local farms throughout the state, Zone 7 is a company with a mission to connect producers in the local food system to sustainably-minded restaurants and food stores.


The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
— Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

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It is not meant to diagnose medical conditions, to treat any medical conditions or to prescribe medicine. 

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