Last August 30, I posted about Harmony Farm in Goshen, New York. I wrote that 50 area families go there every Tuesday and Saturday to pick up boxes and bags of just-picked produce. The farm manager, Matt Coombs, told me all about soil rotation, and intern Theodora Fan gave a close-up tour of seedlings in the greenhouse. I came home with a beautiful haul of produce.
Not this year.
“We don’t have a farmer,” explained Sister Ellenrita Purcaro, executive director of Highbridge Community Life Center in the Bronx, which manages the property.
Matt took a new position as project coordinator at Orange County Land Trust, which preserves the fields, forests, wetlands, and river corridors in and around Orange County, NY (upstate communities on the west side of the Hudson River including Middletown, Newburgh, West Point, Montgomery, Sterling Forest).
The once beautifully tended furrows have gone to seed.
The abandoned greenhouse is a sad reminder of what what there last year.
However, vignettes of beauty remain. Piles of manure have arrived, and local talk centers around expanding the farm and making it thrive again in the summer of 2012.