Last August, I sadly reported that Harmony Farm had gone to seed.
This year, it’s coming back to life. This 3-acre CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture site) in Goshen, NY, about two hours from mid-Manhattan, began in 1993 as a project of the Highbridge Community Life Center, a Bronx-based organization devoted to building assets for community change, such as the retreat center on this property where low-income families can relax and renew. Right now, the farm is not in the pristine condition it was in 2010, but they’re working hard to bring it up to full potential.
Here are some of the vegetables we were able to cook with and enjoy last weekend:
According to new Harmony Farmer Julie Vanderlee, former garden coordinator at Purchase College, SUNY, “We’re getting closer to fulfilling the dream of creating a model working farm that relies solely on organic and sustainable practices.” Three more acres are slated for development and production in the coming years. “We hope to increase crop production and bring an even greater diversity of foods, herbal medicines, and other farm-fresh offerings to local families,” she says.