Goodbye to Black Brook Farm Growers!

We’ve decided that we’re not con­tin­u­ing Black Brook Farm Grow­ers this year. It was a very dif­fi­cult deci­sion, but as much as we’ve enjoyed the last two years on the farm, Dave and I both feel as if we’re not ready to com­mit 100% to an agrar­ian lifestyle quite yet. Because so much plan­ning in farm­ing is very long term (you don’t see the results from your efforts until many years down the road) in order to really cre­ate a eco­nom­i­cally and eco­log­i­cally viable farm we would have to com­mit to stay­ing here for a long time. Dave and I are still young, and we still want the oppor­tu­nity to travel and exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent career paths, and we feel as if this exper­i­men­ta­tion wouldn’t be pos­si­ble while main­tain­ing this farm in Carlisle.

 

So, we’ve moved back down to New York City and left all the beauty the farm has to offer behind. Dave’s work­ing in film, and I’ve con­tin­ued to work in restau­rants and also been doing some work with Slow Food USA, which is based in Brook­lyn. If pos­si­ble, our dream is to take a road trip across the United States vis­it­ing and work­ing at dif­fer­ent farms through the WWOOF pro­gram (World Wide Oppor­tu­ni­ties on Organic Farms). Where ever we are, we hope to keep learn­ing about farm­ing and food. My mom has also had an excit­ing cou­ple of months, but you’ll have to ask her about that.

 

We started Black Brook Farm Grow­ers because we wanted to learn about farm­ing, and because we wanted to get this beau­ti­ful, nutrient-rich land back into pro­duc­tion. Well, we’ve def­i­nitely learned a TON, not just about farm­ing, but also about our­selves. We’ve become stronger, men­tally and phys­i­cally, and we’ve moved back down to New York City with more con­fi­dence, a stronger com­mit­ment to local food and the envi­ron­ment, and a much more solid rela­tion­ship with each other and with our fam­i­lies. As far as get­ting the land back into pro­duc­tion, we’ve found a cou­ple women in the area that are inter­ested in keep­ing the gar­den going, so it’s so the land will still be used, now under the name Danc­ing Tomato Farm. Visit their web­site for infor­ma­tion about where to buy their veg­eta­bles. If you’re inter­ested in a CSA share, our friend Andrew Rogers is start­ing a CSA over at Clark Farm and I’m sure it’s going to be great. You can get more infor­ma­tion at the Clark Farm web­site.

 

If you have any ques­tions about our deci­sion feel free to email us. Thank you to every­one who sup­ported us these past cou­ple of years. It’s been an amaz­ing experience.

 

Happy Spring!

Gal­lagher

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