Specializing in medicinal species.
Regenerative agriculture moves beyond what is sustainable to ask, how can we actually improve the overall health and wellbeing of our shared environment through farming? It is an alchemical invitation to push ourselves beyond settling for what can reasonably be maintained, into the realm of planetary renewal through the development of agricultural systems that support the world’s populations. Our work in this field began on our flagship farm, and has since expanded to include client projects across the region, and a second farm location currently in early development.
At home on our farm we integrate approaches found in ecological restoration, permaculture design, and regenerative agriculture to create low input, self-renewing, agroecology systems that naturally restore health and integrity to our shared landscape. Our gardens mimic natural systems and 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 inspired by natural patterns of ecological succession. We aspire toward continuity with the wild through integrated design.
We have been certified organic growers since 2013 and remain committed to keeping our environment free of insecticides and herbicides.
OUR FOREST GARDEN FARM - 10 Acres
On our 10 acre certified organic farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey we grow herbs, fruit, and wild edibles within a forest garden design. Our wild edges dominate the landscape as cultivation occurs within an unfolding process of naturalized succession. Severe site limitations brought about by hundreds of years of agriculture use and land mismanagement, inspired us to pursue alternative approaches to farm design. Exploring the intersection between ecological restoration and agricultural production we began developing this site in the spring of 2012.
During the first season we created a series of interconnected pond systems that would catch and store water in the landscape. We regraded fields to move standing anaerobic water, and installed permanent raised beds for our plantings. The following season we would begin cultivation through a process of succession that started with polycultures of diverse annuals, followed by herbaceous perennials, emergent shrubs, and a mixed tree overstory that continues to evolve with each passing season. Our plant palette includes native species and their analogues as we aspire to move the landscape into a forested ecosystem reminiscent of the intact ecology that originally comprised this area. Elderberry, persimmon, pawpaw, currants, blackberries, raspberries, walnut, Aronia, all grow above a diverse understory of medicinal herbs and wild edibles.
Five years on, our farm continues to evolve with each passing season. We are always refining our process and approach as we process and synthesize the wisdom regularly offered by an autonomous wild ecology. The farm provides so much beyond the harvest; enriching the soil, providing habitat to avian, aquatic, and terrestrial dwelling creatures, seeding the future with resilient plant stock, and connecting us more deeply to ourselves and our nature. 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.”
Our farm is partially supported by our Community Supported Agriculture program which provides a seasonal share of herbal remedies handcrafted with medicinal herbs grown on our farm.
OUR MIXED WOODLOT & SILVOPASTURE
- 35 Acres
This site is currently undergoing a period of protracted site assessment and observation as we craft our plans. It is also home to a charming and quirky flock of sheep that have lived there much longer than us. Stay tuned for how this site develops...