I spent a couple of incredible days at Glynwood Farm recently to learn a thing or two about responsible farming and to help them out with some photography. The farm is situated on a massive picturesque piece of land about an hour north of NYC outside of the town of Cold Springs, New York. The center prides itself on environmentally sustainable agricultural practices and is devoted to helping educate and save farms in the Northeast.
The night I arrived, two of the farmers stayed up and surprised me with a home cooked meal. I played with their kitten, had some lovely conversation and settled down for the best and quietest nights sleep I had in some time. During the duration of my visit, the entire staff, both volunteer and paid, was warm, welcoming and eager to answer all of my million and one questions.
Some of the practices featured below include: harvesting for the CSA, monitoring and remineralizing the nutrients in the soil (measuring the nutrient levels in a carrot using a refractometer specifically), walking Maggie the draft horse, using solar powered electric fencing to help control and rotate grazing patterns, using goats to help control and clear invasive brush, nutrient drenching the soil, using rooting pigs to produce fertilizer, using energy efficient produce storage using a Cool-Bot (a home made refrigerator made from a window air unit) and overall coverage of their nutrient dense crop production program. For more information about the Glynwood Center, including upcoming events, projects and news, please visit their website at: http://www.glynwood.org/