Birdskog Farm is currently being established on less than 1/2 acre of mineral-rich, silty clay soil. We are located approximately 10 miles northwest of the city of Ithaca, and 5 miles south of the village of Trumansburg.
The focus of Birdskog Farm is production of clean vegetables of the highest quality, that are rich in phytonutrients as well as taste!
We plan to accomplish this by establishing permanent raised beds and nurturing the visible and invisible life in the soil. The soil life feeds on the sugars that are secreted by the plants' roots. In return, the soil microbes happily make available mineral nutrients for the plants to uptake, grow strong, and produce large fruits.
We will enhance the surrounding biodiversity so that many different species of insects, arachnids, amphibians, and reptiles thrive and improve the ecological balance.
The farm ground is located in a beautiful pasture which, we can say, has not been sprayed with chemicals, of any kind, for at least 20 years, and probably much longer.
Also, the farm is buffered by at least 50 feet of woods on all sides, a creek, and a small pond which was dug by the current landowner. The pond's catchment area is approximately 5 acres of clean, unsprayed land and we plan to use it for irrigation. Also, our neighbors to the north manage their land organically.
Vegetable production will begin in the spring of 2017 and we will be certified organic by NOFA-NY during the summer of 2017. We plan to offer our vegetables for sale at local farmers' markets, select grocery stores and restaurants, and through a small CSA (see details below).
Feel free to contact us any time if you'd like to visit the farm or have any questions.
Here are the planned crops:
Carrots: Danvers and Yaya
Spinach: Butterflay and Verdil
Tomatoes: Lola, Indigo Apple, Pink Boar, and San Marzano
Basil: Genovese and Purple Dark Opal
Snap Peas: Cascadia
Arugula: Sylvetta Wild and Surrey
Eggplant: Diamond and Listada diGandia
Kale: Lacinito and Dwarf Green Curled
Beets: Cylindra and Bull's Blood
Swiss Chard: Orange
Cucumbers: Green Finger and Little Leaf
Head Lettuce: Concept
Zucchini: Midnight Lightning
Green Beans: Strike
Sweet Bell Peppers: King Crimson and Golden California Wonder
Radish: French Breakfast
Bok Choy: Shanghai Green
Broccoli: De Cicco and Batavia
Cauliflower: Snowball and Goodman
Melon: First Kiss
Brussels Sprouts: Dagan
Scallions: Red Baron
Jalepeno Pepper: Triunfo
- Giant Italian Parsley
- Cilantro: Caribe and Santo
- Chervil: Brussels Winter
- Oregano: Greek
- Marjoram: Sweet
- Sage: Fanni Common
CSA? A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program helps farmers pay the bills during the non-productive part of the year. CSA helps to germinate and grow lasting relationships between the farmers and people in the local community. It allows for the abundant harvest produced during the growing season to be shared among the CSA participants, and it offers protection to the farmers during a not-so-abundant growing season.
2017 will be our first year of farming, and starting a small farm business comes with a myriad of difficulties. Because of this, we are very hesitant to operate a CSA because we would very much like not to disappoint anyone. However, if you are the type of person that is flexible, considerate, thrilled to support a new small local farm then we might be a great fit.
That being said, we would be comfortable with handing up to 10 total CSA shares for the 2017 season. CSA details are as follows:
When?: Once per week for ~25 weeks (~May 1 to ~October 1)
What?: Free choice of ~7 units of any available vegetables from the list above
Where?: Pick up your share at the farmers' market in Ithaca or Trumansburg (more details to come), or pick up at the farm. Delivery is potentially an option as well.
How much?: $400 ... (you may also pay half now and the other half 1 month from now.)
To make your purchase online via credit card, etc. click one of the options below and "add to cart".
To make your purchase by check, please click the button below to fill out the form (skipping the credit card info section) and send a check made payable to Birdskog Farm to 3020 Podunk Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886.