Thousands of years ago the glaciers left their mark here, and the changes they sculpted on the land affect how we farm today. The rich silt and clay were deposited on the valley bottoms. Thin and fragile soil clings to the hillsides, and boulders cap the drumlins. To farm here, we must listen to the land and do what is called for.
We began our transition to organic production in 2016 by letting the land speak. Now, on our 430 acres, we cover the steep slopes with deep-rooted, perennial plants and graze our heritage breed chickens, Red Devon cattle and Border Leicester and Cotswold sheep. The fragile soil stays in place, and by raising our animals on pasture, these soils yield healthy, high-quality protein. When conditions create a risk of compaction, Belgian draft horses supplement our tractors to further protect the soil.
We farm the rich valley bottoms with a diverse range of heritage grains, forages and 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, growing nutrient-dense, organic food for our community.
The woodland, field-bordering hedgerows and native prairie plantings support a variety of wildlife, birds and pollinators—allies in our efforts to farm sustainably. Gwenyn Hill Farm is an interconnected, ecological web.
An Ongoing Endeavor
Each year we take more steps toward truly regenerative agriculture. The entire Gwenyn Hill Farm team shares this goal, whether working and living here year round or contributing during the growing season. It takes many dedicated, knowledgeable hands to reap the bounty.
Learn more about the farmers who work this land.