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Posts By Hana Lurie

Couple Establishes Farm to Feed Friends, Family and Neighborhood Naturally Grown Food

August 19, 2013 |

changing seasons farmLaura Casey of Changing Seasons Farm in Fall City, Washington is a very busy women. Not only does she run a small sustainable farm operation, but she works as an Environmental Scientist almost full-time on the side. Laura and her husband Dave do not employ workers, but instead collaborate with friends and family who help out on the farm.

I recently spoke with Laura to find out more about how the farm runs, what sustainable practices she employs, her Naturally Grown certification and more. Read More

A Fresh Start on Second-Generation Applecheek Farm with Focus on Pasture Raised Livestock

July 15, 2013 |
Photo Credit: Applecheek Farm

Photo Credit: Applecheek Farm

John Clark grew up on his father’s dairy farm – Applecheek Farm of Hyde Park, Vermont – and began working on the farm full-time in 2005. Clark purchased the farm from his father three months ago, and is already diversifying and reengineering the operation. Applecheek Farm raises all kinds of livestock, from hogs to cows, while providing education and agricultural tourism. Clark focuses on sustainability and simplicity on the farm with big dreams for the future of his local food community.

I recently spoke with Clark about how the farm began, the sustainable practices that he uses and his future goals for a food hub on the farm. Read More

Fifth-Generation Oregon Family Farmer Revives Sustainable Efforts of Her Ancestors

June 27, 2013 |
greenhouse starts at Love Farm

Greenhouse starts at Love Farm Organics. Photo Credits: Love Farm Organics.

Amy Love is an educated and well-seasoned fifth-generation farmer, as well as a mother of two. She and her husband run Love Farm Organics, a CSA operation located in the Willamette Valley just outside of Portland, Oregon. This land has been farmed by the Love family for over 100 years. Love is passionate about genetic diversity, the well-being of the land and delivering quality food to her community on a modest scale.

I recently spoke with Amy about how her interest in farming developed, the sustainable methods she employs, and the future goals for Love Farm Organics. Read More

Romantic Outing at Livestock Auction Precipitates Founding of Sustainable Stokesberry Farm

June 27, 2013 |
stokesberry farm

Photo Credit: Stokesberry Farm.

Jerry and Janelle Stokesberry spent one of their first romantic outings at a local livestock auction, and over 30 years later find themselves running an animal farm of their own. Stokesberry Farm of Olympia, Washington raises a variety of livestock with a passion for providing nutrient-filled, local meat to their community. They feel strongly about the accessibility of their product as well as working with Mother Nature rather than against her.

I recently spoke with Janelle Stokesberry to learn more about the farm’s beginnings, challenges, and future goals. Read More

From Gardener to Organic Grower, New Jersey Farmer Finds Sustainability in Embracing the Local Community

January 8, 2013 |

Al Esposito of Poplar Wood Farm. Photo Credit: Al Esposito.

Al Esposito of Poplar Wood Farm does it all: from growing and selling organic produce and cut flowers to garden landscaping, as well as raising free-range chickens and goats. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Al is currently the President of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, leading the non-profit organization with a goal to make healthy food an abundant possibility.

I recently spoke with Al to learn more about what inspired him to become a farmer, his involvement in NOFA and the future goals of his farm. Read More

Organic Farm in Petaluma, CA Finds Success with Lettuces and Leafy Greens, Looks to Expand

November 20, 2012 |

David Retsky, Founder of County Line Harvest. Photo: County Line Harvest

Before settling down to start his own organic farming operation, County Line Harvest, in Petaluma, CA, David Retsky cut his teeth farming all over the country and internationally through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). His certified organic farms focus primarily on growing lettuces and leafy greens, which the farm provides to local restaurants and sells at 10 farmers markets throughout California each week.

I recently spoke with farmer Zoe Speidel, who works at the farm to learn more about its history, the challenges that it faces, future plans and more. Read More

Family Farm in Amesbury, MA Keeps it Local and Sustainable, Profits from Selling Close to Home

November 19, 2012 |

Glenn Cook of Cider Hill Farm. Photo: Karen Cook.

For Glenn and Karen Cook of Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA, sustainability is more than just a catch phrase. On their 145-acre farm the family’s composting practices have significantly increased soil organic matter. By employing solar panels and wind turbines, Cider Hill Farm also provides itself with 95% of the electricity that it needs to operate.

I recently spoke with Glenn Cook to learn more about how his family farm evolved, the challenges that it faces, and his future goals for the farm. Read More

Rochester, PA-based Organic Farmer Wrings Profit from Business Savvy and Embrace of CSA Model

October 10, 2012 |

Don Kretschmann, Founder of Kretschmann Organic Farm

Since 1978, Don Kretschmann has run Kretschmann Organic Farm, an 80-acre farm in Rochester, Pennsylvania that provides organically grown produce, fruits, and meats to Pittsburgh area customers. Kretschmann has embraced a number of different business models and through business savvy and opportunity recognition has achieved profitability on his farm.

I recently spoke with Kretschmann to learn more about the origin of his farm, his organic proclivities, and how his farm achieved profitability and more. Read More