"With farming you can never be entirely in control. It takes on a life of its own, constantly surprising and challenging me."
"I look to farming as a way to bring family and work-life closer, and to be in touch with the basic human need of happy, healthy food."
"I farm because it matches up with my values and passions in life of eating well and using my body to meet my needs."
My background is in sculpture, and i like farming because it requires the same aesthetic consideration and problem solving skills.
With farming you can never be entirely in control of the form you’re creating. The design is there, the smart, sustainable skeleton, but then it takes on a life of its own and constantly surprises and challenges me.
Farming is beautiful because I get to be an inventor, spend all day outside, and eat like a queen.
I made a move into farming from the non-profit sector in 2010 due to my love of being outside.
I love interacting with our customers, the OCD of organizing vegetable sizes, and watching the family of hawks at Ironwood Farm swoop overhead during the harvest.
I look to farming as a way to bring my family and work-life closer together. Importantly, it also keeps me in touch with my basic human need for nutritious, happy and healthy food.
I farm because it matches up with my values and passions in life, which are primarily eating well and keeping my body healthy and in motion.
Farming gives me the opportunity to work outside and produce nutritious food that sustains both me and my community.
I started Ironwood Farm alongside Jenny and Lauren because I value the support of our all-female team, and gain encouragement and inspiration as we problem solve together.
Meet our 2016 Farm Crew!
I started working on farms in West Virginia, my home state. I moved to the Hudson Valley to learn more about organic farming and how to tackle issues of food insecurity in the face of mounting income inequality.
I also like farming because it keeps me happy and healthy. I’m drawn to being outside and working with my hands. I also thrive in the hot summer heat! At the end of the day, I’m just an animal foraging for food, in this case arugula and turnips
"At the end of the day, I’m just an animal foraging for food, in this case arugula and turnips."
"I like growing because it's creative..."
I got into farming through wine. I went to France and started working on vineyards.
I like growing because it's creative, but not in a self-centered way. Farmers help the land express itself. It pleases me that the same kind of carrot, planted in two different places, will taste slightly different.
Any vegetable is a record of a few weeks or months in a particular spot on the farm.
Ironwood Farm grows certified organic vegetables and fruits on seven acres of leased land in Ghent, NY. We sell our produce in farmer's markets, CSA shares (community supported agriculture), and wholesale to restaurants, shops and resellers in the Hudson Valley.
Ironwood Farm is the effort of three women hoping to achieve more together than apart. Collaboration, cooperation, leading and following are the founding principles of this effort. Ironwood values clean, quality produce that customers are delighted to receive.
Lauren, Jenny and Aliyah are striding a challenging and interesting line of learning and experimentation, reveling in nature’s delights, and making an income for their three households.
Ironwood farm is growing food, growing people, and expanding the roots of the Hudson Valley farming community.
103 County Route 9
Ghent, NY, 12075
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PO Box 21
Mellenville NY, 12544
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The Ironwood Gallery: Some of our Most Beautiful Moments
PO Box 21, Mellenville, NY, 12544
103 County Route 9, Ghent, NY, 12075
Of How Ironwood Farm was Started
Starting a farm in this day and age is difficult. Especially when its a small-scale organic farm without a big pot of gold to get things going. Here is how we did it:
Learning and Mentoreship
Lauren, Jenny and Aliyah worked together on Little Seed Gardens organic farm for over 4 years. This is where we 'learned' farming and made lifelong friends with our mentors and role models Willy and Claudia, who continue to show us the endless possibilities of the farming life. We you Little Seed!
Finding suitable and affordable land to lease is challenging as land prices rise. The Columbia Land Conservancy was crucial in connecting us with land owners wanting farmers to work their land. After a year of searching & interviewing, we found our match.
Starting a Business
How do three young women start up a business without funding? The answer is in The Carrot Project. This progressive organization helped us write a viable business plan, apply for a loan, seek legal and business council, and basically form our biz entity. This organization is an incredible resource for new small farms in the Hudson Valley.
Going All In
A Bank Loan
Putting your debt where your heart is. With the help of The Carrot Project we received a $30k loan and $10k operating credit to get us started... It's almost all gone...
The Tipple Family
Thanks to the forward thinking Tipple Family we arranged to rent seven acres of their land to put into vegetable production. Their generosity and support ensured we had available and fertile soil to grow in.
And with a lot of hard work, determination, and collaboration Ironwood Farm started growing its first vegetables in 2014. Thank you to everyone for helping us get this farm off the ground, in the soil and into production.
We deliver our fresh clean produce to
in the Hudson Valley
You can find our products at
Food Studio, Local 111, Bonfiglio & Bread, Ben Gables, Vanderbilt House, Fish & Game, Curbside Cafe, Omega Institute, Cafe Boulud, Boulud Sud, Riverview Cafe, Main Street Public House, Wm Farmer & Sons, Gaskins
Get Our Goods
Community Supported Agriculture
How it Works
You Buy a 'Share'
Sign up online and make your payment before November 1st to get the season rolling
We Grow your Food
We get to work, doing what we love: growing a bunch of delicious and organic vegetables just for you!
Weekly Veg Pick-Up
Each week you come to the Farm or Hudson to pick up your share of vegetables and herbs.
No. of Boxes:
November 3rd 2016
January 26th 2017
Thursdays 4:30pm to 6pm At:
103 County Rt 9
Ghent, NY, 12075
1) Payment Plans Available
2) Pickups Available on Friday if you can't make Thursday.
Fill in this form to Reserve your Share
Please make checks out to: "Ironwood Farm, LLC"
Join Our E-Mailng List:
Which Group are you from?
To finalize your share reservation, please mail a check payment of $375 to:
PO Box 21
Check Out the Bounty!
Each week we pick for you a different selection of the following veggies*:
Baby Red Russian Kale
Baby Bok Choy
*List may change at any time... as good as we are at growing veggies, we are at the mercy of the seasons!
© Ironwood Farm, LLC 2016
Mailing : PO Box 21, Mellenville, NY, 12544
316 253 1511
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