Introducing Eliza Greenman, Owner/Operator of Legacy Fruit Trees in Virginia

Eliza Greenman

Eliza Greenman

Up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, I am the owner of a small fruit tree company, Legacy Fruit Trees- where I specialize in custom grafting and growing hard cider apple varieties (for now). This year, my first year, I’ve pre-sold 4000 trees which I’ll graft, grow, dig and ship in the coming months. Two days a week, I manage Foggy Ridge Cider’s 18-year-old, 8 acre hard cider orchard which contains 40 varieties of apples noted by people like Thomas Jefferson for making the highest quality cider. (more…)

Western Water Profile: De Smet Dairy Farms

Mike De Smet is known for his friendly disposition, his inability to say no to a challenge, and a deeply ingrained love of dairy farming. De Smet grew up on the 125-acre dairy farm he now manages. But this is not his father’s dairy—he and his wife, Erica, have embarked on an ambitious and pioneering effort to build New Mexico’s first, and only, USDA certified organic, raw, grass fed dairy farm.
DeSmet pic 1De Smet started learning the dairy trade as soon as he was big enough to work in the barn. Like many children of farming families, he was encouraged to go to college and seek a career off the farm. In college in Florida, Mike found himself skipping class to go help in the dairy barns at the university. He says after several times of opting out of his collegial responsibilities to help with artificial insemination, he realized just how much he loved being a dairy farmer. (more…)

Introducing Fork Right Farm of Indiana

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.  This one is from Matt Hountz of Fork Right Farm in Indiana.

Fork Right Farm - pic 3Fork Right Farm is a multi-generational startup farm, founded in 2013, currently focusing on pasture raised pork. Involved in the operation are Matt and Sharlena Hountz and their two boys, Will age 2 and Keegan age 1.  Also involved are Matt’s parents, Jim and Karen Hountz.  For many years we have had large gardens supplying our families and friends with a variety of vegetables and produce.  In 2013 Matt ventured into the world of feeder hogs and enjoyed raising 3 for our families.  If we had raised 10 we could have sold them after word got out that we were successfully raising them on pasture. In the fall of 2013 we purchased our registered old-line Duroc breeding stock. (more…)

Introducing Fresh Start Organic Garden at the Stetson School in Barre, MA

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.  This one is from Shawn Ilinitch of the Stetson School’s Fresh Start Organic Garden in Barre, MA.

Fresh Start - ShawnLast year, I kind of fell into (love with) farming by accident. (more…)

Introducing Caitlin and Jason of Sobremesa in Fairfield, VT

Sobremesa 1We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Sobremesa begins this season under the stewardship of husband and wife team, Jason and Caitlin Rodriguez, on land at Stony Pond Farm in Fairfield, Vermont. We will grow vegetables and herbs on one-twelfth of an acre and tomatoes and hot peppers in a hoophouse. Each crop can be preserved into a marketable product such as fermented vegetables, dried herbs and canned goods.

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Introducing Courtney Leeds of Schoolyard Farms in Milwaukie, OR

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Schoolyard Farms - teaching about fish

Teaching the kids how to fish-in transplants

I’m Courtney Leeds, cofounder & director of Schoolyard Farms, a one acre urban farm in the schoolyard of Candy Lane Elementary in Milwaukie, OR.

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Farmer Profile: Introducing Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy of Cummington, MA

Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy pic 3Partners Angie Arahood and Lee Lewis are launching Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy, a goat micro­dairy selling Certified Grade A raw milk in Cummington, MA. 

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Introducing Hewitt Farms of Le Sueuer, MN

Hewitt Farm pic 2Mark and Sara Hewitt of Cleveland, MN are part owners and operators of Hewitt Farms out of Le Sueur, MN, in southern Minnesota.  On the farm they raise cash crops like corn, soybeans, and last year tried winter wheat as a cover crop for the first time.  

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Introducing Good Life Farm, from Interlaken, New York

Good Life Farm - working with horsesGood Life Farm is perched on a hill on the west side of Lake Cayuga. On a chilly fall evening, I watched Melissa Madden instruct an employee on the art of driving two draft horses towards the turkey pasture. The last rays of the day’s sunlight illuminate the land, and it’s easy to see why Melissa and her husband, Garrett Miller, chose this life.  

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Introducing Rough Draft Farmstead in Gamaliel, KY

Rough Draft Homestead pic 2Jesse Frost and Hannah Crabtree met as farm interns on Bugtussle Farm, a biodynamic family farm located in Gamaliel, Kentucky.  Like many young farmers immersed in the modern farming movement, neither come from an agricultural background, nor have they inherited family land on which to cultivate their dreams.  Theirs is a story echoed across the country as individuals question the practices of industrial agriculture and develop an interest in keeping local food local; feeding a community that, in turn, supports the farm. 

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