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New Harmony Farm


Certified Organic and Nutrient Dense

 

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New Harmony Farm


Certified Organic and Nutrient Dense

 

Our Farm

New Harmony Farm,LLC is a small, certified organic farm located on two fields in West Newbury and Newbury Massachusetts. We grow an extensive selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties and sell our products directly to our community through our CSA, sales to local restaurants and grocers, and our self-serve farm stand at our Newbury farm.

OUR HISTORY:

Our Original Farm at 77 Bridge St. West Newbury on 2013

In 2011, Erin Stack with support from her husband Michael and their teenage girls Tara and Izzy, purchased the original farm located near the banks of the Merrimack river in West Newbury from her dear friends and mentors Bonnie Silva and Russ Barry (founders of the Greater Newburyport CSA). Erin continues Russ and Bonnie’s loving stewardship of the land and their passion for growing delicious and healthy organic produce. In 2013, Niall and Katie Robinson (friends of Erin through their environmental activism in Newburyport) bought the 15.8 acre farm formally known as Iron Moon in Newbury, MA and they are partnering with Erin to make New Harmony Farm, LLC a 2 field, 2 family farm. Erin is the farm manager of both fields and both families are excited as we develop the farm and increase our environmental education programs.

Inspired by the Shakers vision of merging spirit, community, beauty and innovation, New Harmony Farm brings together artists, permaculture specialists, research scientists, environmental educators, interns and our CSA shareholders in a unique environmental educational program and working organic farm.Our vision brings together art, science, and Spirit to sustain our community with nutritious organic food while promoting a more intimate understanding of our interdependence with nature.

Farm Partners Niall Robinson and Erin Stack coming in from a heavy spring rain

Farm Partners Niall Robinson and Erin Stack coming in from a heavy spring rain

Although New Harmony Farm, LLC is the only certified organic CSA in the Newburyport area, our farm is taking the tenets of organic practice to an even higher level through our commitment to biological growing practices, permaculture principles, and commitment to working with Nature to build soil life and our crop immune systems through optimal nutrition to cultivate nutritious, flavor dense and chemical free vegetables grown in an earth friendly way.

Our CSA offers a wide variety of produce that includes “classic” varieties plus heirloom, ethnic and other hard-to-find varieties. Our farm has a “pick your own” garden and a flock of happy, pastured chickens for the kids to visit.
New Harmony Farm,LLC runs a subscription harvest share also known as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Our Summer CSA (18 weeks) runs June through mid October, our Late Fall CSA (6 weeks) runs Mid October through Thanksgiving and in December 2015 we will begin a winter CSA. Our CSA shareholders are able to select items farm stand style from a variety of popular heirloom and specialty vegetables and herbs. shareholders will also receive additional items through access to our pick-your-own garden of cherry tomatoes, peas, beans and tomatillos. Additional produce, herbs, flowers, and occasional fruit will be available for sale at our farm stands during distribution.

For shareholders’ convenience our Summer CSA has 4 distribution days including a Thursday distribution day at our West Newbury farm.

Mondays:3-6:30 pm at New Harmony Farm,LLC 186 High Rd., Newbury MA Thursdays: 3-6:30 pm at New Harmony Farm,LLC 77 Bridge St., West Newbury, MA
Fridays: 3-6 pm at New Harmony Farm,LLC 186 High Rd., Newbury, MA
Saturdays: 10am-2pm at New Harmony Farm,LLC 186 High Rd., Newbury, MA

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Certified Organic

Certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers, New Harmony Farm, LLC is on of only two certified organic vegetable CSA's on the North Shore.

Newbury Farmstand

Our self-serve farmstand located at our farm on 186 High Rd. Newbury. Is open daily during the harvest season May-November.

Regenerative Agriculture- Healing our Ecosystem

We see are farm as an inter-species healing center - working to create vital habitat for pollinators, butterflies on natives flora and fauna. We use no pesticides and are restoring a healthy soil web and creating healthy habitate for pollinators, butterflies and native flora and fauna.

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Our Growing Practices


Certified Organic and Nutrient Dense

 

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Our Growing Practices


Certified Organic and Nutrient Dense

 

Evolving Organic: Biological and Ecological Farming

Biological Farming builds on the foundation of Organic Agriculture and the principle that to maximize the health of a crop it is necessary to maximize the health of the soil that supports that crop. Like any biological organism, plants have specific environments that cause them to thrive, and others that are stressful for them. In biological farming the goal is to create soil environments that are most ideal for the farm’s crops through balancing the major soil minerals, trace elements and building up beneficial enzymes, microbes, and fungi. When this is achieved, the crop plant will out compete weeds that have different preferred biological niches. When the ideal soil environment is achieved the crop plant will as well express immunity to bacterial and fungal diseases and resistance to insect infestation. This is due to the fact that the environment is ideal for the DNA expression of that plant, and it will therefore have the vitality to not be a suitable host for threatening insects, bacteria or fungi.

Ecological Farming and Permaculture is a “whole farm” approach recognizing the farm as a dynamic integration of mutually supportive systems. New Harmony hopes to be a model of sustainability through minimizing our carbon footprint through conserving our energy and water use, reducing off-farm inputs, integrating bio-diverse, perennial plantings into our annual vegetable crops and minimizing tillage of our soil to further develop the soil web and beneficial organisms. New Harmony will also work with the farm’s natural eco-systems to nurture habitats for wild life and beneficial insects.

Pea, Oat, and Tillage Radish Cover Crop at our Newbury Farm

Certified Organic

Organic food production is based on a system of farming that mimics natural ecosystems balancing pest and beneficial organism populations and maintaining and replenishing fertility of the soil. The central maxim of organic farming is “grow the soil and not the plant”. This is integral to raising the most nutrient dense, flavorful, and earth-friendly produce.

Trace minerals cobalt, boron, copper, zinc, manganese, molybdenun and selenium being mixed to be broadcast on our fields.

Nutrient Dense

New Harmony Farm's  fertility program focuses on building  vital soil life through covercropping and mineral and compost applications.  Regular nutritional sprays that include fish, sea minerals, molasses, milk whey, essential oils and benificial fungi and bacteria that work with the soil and plant microbiology to build robust immune systems and delicious flavor.

Researchers from the The Ecosystems Center Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole  measuring green house gas emissions on a test  plot at our West Newbury farm.

Reducing Global Warming

Industrial/conventional agriculture is one of the primary sources of greenhouse gas emmisions  that cause global warming. Our use of rock dusts, minimal tillage and perennial plantings makes our farm a "carbon sink" that absorbs more green house gases than we produce.

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Articulture


 

 

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Radient City: Utopian Chicken Architecture a collaboration of artists Andrew Barco, Erin Stack and members of the New Eden Collaborative Community Garden of First Parish Church. The structure now lives at our Newbury farm where we plan to add a modernist chicken amusement park.

Articulture: Cultivating Eco-Conscious Community

New Harmony brings innovation, beauty, and communal creativity to the farm through Articulture. Articulture is the process of cultivating a living, community art space – a dynamic and sustainable “eco-creative system”. Erin Stack and her co-directors, Deb Cinamon and Tim Gaudreau of the Green Artists League (GAL), work as “articulturists” creating living art “space” that involves the exchange of expertise, skills, and effort between the GAL artists, expert collaborators, and members of the community in the co-creation of public gardens that feeds/nurtures the community through food, imagination, beauty, and the fostering of a more intimate and conscious relationship with nature. Viewing art as an agent for transformation, GAL engages the public through participatory art experiences with the goal to challenge and empower people to adopt more environmentally sustainable behaviors and attitudes. GAL has created numerous articulture projects at the New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church, Newbury including the ongoing Alchemical Garden: A permaculture and edible art park on the Clipper City Rail Trail. 

New Harmony Farm will be Articulture’s magnum opus and will evolve. New Harmony community members can look forward to numerous and interesting ways to become involved in our upcoming articulture events and projects.

Articulture Butterfly Garden. Volunteers turn the front yard septic leach field at our Newbury Farm into a Certified Monarch Waystation with a beautiful garden built in the shape of a giant, abstracted butterfly. The garden was designed by Angela Palmer and constructed  and planted during our Monarch Butterfly Celebration that included free public lecture on the Monarch Butterfly and butterfly and pollinator garden design.

                          Crop Circles: a phytoremediation art project at GAL's  

                          Alchemical  Garden at Newburport's Clipper Rail Trail