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Orchard Farm Organics
“Caroline Phinney talks about how the farm is stewarding the land and building community through biodynamic farming.”
Video credit: Caridi Creative
Welcome to Orchard Farm Organics CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). By purchasing shares, customers support the endeavors of Orchard Farm Organics and other local organic farmers. Orchard Farm Organics offers fresh organic produce from May to November. As nature provides each season, they offer produce like: peas, greens, carrots, beans, herbs, summer and winter squash, tomatoes, peppers, beets, celery, cucumbers, green beans, garlic, fruits and flowers.
Orchard Farm Organics uses biodynamic practices. Biodynamic farming practices are a holistic and sustainable approach to agriculture that goes beyond organic farming. Developed in the early 20th century by Rudolf Steiner, biodynamic farming views the farm as a self-sustaining ecosystem. It emphasizes the use of natural, non-synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, as well as the integration of animals into the farming process to create a balanced, closed-loop system. Biodynamic farmers also follow a lunar calendar and use specific preparations, like compost teas and herbal sprays, to enhance soil health and plant vitality. This method prioritizes biodiversity and sees the farm as a living organism, fostering a deep connection between the land, the crops, and the people who tend to them.
Orchard Farm Organics is a picturesque 61-acre farm that offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and agricultural charm. Nestled amidst rolling fields of raised beds, berry patches, and fruit trees, this farm provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The idyllic setting is enhanced by the presence of Bedens Brook to the north and the meandering Cherry Brook, which adds a scenic touch to the landscape. The farm shares its vicinity with the Waldorf School of Princeton, fostering a close-knit community where students often engage in farm activities and interact with adorable baby animals. Furthermore, the Hilaire Tract, a nature preserve with hiking trails and a lake, lies just across Cherry Hill Road, adding to the farm's appeal for nature enthusiasts. Nearby, Dressler Farm offers a glimpse into the world of horse boarding and training. Orchard Farm Organics opens its doors to neighbors, CSA members, and the wider community, inviting them to revel in a wholesome environment and savor the revitalizing experience of farm life. It's a place where nature and agriculture coexist harmoniously, creating a haven for all who visit.