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New Harmony Farm


Certified Organic and Quality You can Taste

"Forever Permanent Love"

 

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New Harmony Farm


Certified Organic and Quality You can Taste

"Forever Permanent Love"

 

Our Farm

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Inspired by the Shakers dedication to building harmonious community through Spirit, beauty, mutual care and innovation, our vision brings together art, science, and a sacred appreciation of Nature  to sustain our community with nutritious organic food while promoting a more intimate understanding of our inter-dependence with nature through our educational mission.

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). In 2013, Niall and Katie Robinson (friends of Erin through their environmental activism in Newburyport) bought the 15.8 acre farm in need of tender loving care in Newbury. Niall and Katie 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. 

Although New Harmony Farm is the only certified organic CSA and farm stand  in the Newburyport area, our farm is taking the tenets of organic practice to an even higher level through our commitment to working with Nature through integrating permaculture principles with biological growing practices to heal and support  a vital farm ecosystem that  is highly productive, beautiful, and beneficial to our local wild life. We  nurture  our crops'  immune systems through optimal nutrition and soil building  to cultivate nutritious, flavor dense and chemical free vegetables, flowers, and herbs  grown in a most earth friendly way.


New Harmony Farm, offers Summer, Fall, and Winter CSA harvest shares. Our  Summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), runs 18 weeks runs June through mid October. As part of our mission to educate and promote biodiversity we offer a wide variety of heirloom, unusual, and native vegetables along with delicious recipes to more fully enjoy our bounty. We also offer a pick-your-own herb and flower share at our Newbury Farm gardens.

New Harmony Farm also has a self-serve farm stand featuring all our own certified organic produce (a few items that we do bring in such as certified organic corn from central MA will list the farm it came from). 

 

Farmer Erin's  daughters planting garlic at our original farm in West Newbury 

Newbury Farmstand

Our self-serve farm stand and primary CSA distritbution pick-up is  located our  farm at 186 High Rd. Newbury, The farm stand is  open daily, Sunday-Saturday during the harvest season (June-October) from 9 AM -6:00 PM In May we will be selling certified organic seedlings of vegetables, herbs, and flowers on Saturdays 9-5.

FIND OUR PRODUCE AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND GROCERIES

You may find our produce in the dishes offered at Brine in Newburyport, SALT Kitchen and Rum Bar in Ipswich and Natural Grocer in Newburyport and other locals businesses. The Natural Grocer also sells our produce in season. Check out this gracious recommendation from Chef ChrisTighe from SALT Kitchen and Rum Bar

Regenerative Agriculture- Healing our Ecosystem

We see our farm as an inter-species healing center. We are working towards restoring a healthy soil system through minimal tillage, multi-species cover-cropping, soil mineralization, and introducing beneficial microorganisms. We are increasing the biodiversity of the farm through  perennial and native annual  plantings that will  increase  vital habitat for pollinators, butterflies and native fauna.

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Our Growing Practices


Certified Organic and Nutrient Focused

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Our Growing Practices


Certified Organic and Nutrient Focused

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.

 Nutrition First

New Harmony Farm's  fertility program focuses on building  vital soil life through cover cropping and mineral and compost applications.  Regular nutritional sprays that include fish, sea minerals, molasses, milk whey, essential oils and beneficial fungi and bacteria that work with the soil and plant microbiology to build robust immune systems and flavorful, vibrant crops. These mineral rich, biological growing practices make more bio-nutrients available in our produce. You can taste the delicious difference!

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. By using  rock dusts, minimal tillage, cover-cropping and  perennial plantings we our developing an agricultural ecosystem  that will eventually make our farm a "carbon sink" absorbing more green house gases than we produce.

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Articulture


 

 

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Articulture


 

 

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, Newbury. The structure now lives at our Newbury farm where we plan to work with our farm community to instill "animal empathy" through creating a modernist chicken playground..

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 lectures 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