Take a Workshop
Through our partnership with Integrated Aquaponics, among others, we also offer a variety of workshops in farm-to-table cooking, aquaponics, permaculture design, mushroom cultivation, and more!
Join a Farm Tour
63rd St. Farm provides customized tours to hundreds of adults and students throughout the year. A minimum of 10 people is requested. While we don’t charge for our tours, donations are welcome.
Volunteer for a Day
Roll up your sleeves and experience farm life! Join us Wednesdays 9 AM to noon, May – Oct. We’ll introduce you to our permaculture practices & share the goodness of fresh organic food!
A FARM DESIGNED WITH NATURE IN MIND
63rd St. Farm is a center for permaculture, an ecological design practice that strives to mimic Nature’s model of no-waste, minimal energy and material input, and abundant yield. Animals, plants, people, and their structures are placed in a symbiotic relationship with each other so that the material and energy flows from one part enhance the vitality of another. These three ethics guide our farming:
Our healthy soil starts with worms, compost, compost teas, and natural manure fertilizers. We practice crop rotation, cover cropping, and companion planting to further enhance its vitality. Pests are kept in check by our chickens, dogs and other biological management. Most of our tools for planting and harvesting are hand-held. A greenhouse and hoop houses help us to extend the growing season. The lastest addition to our farm, an aquaponics center (coming summer 2013), will allow us to raise fish and food symbiotically while using 80% less water. We are a Certified Naturally Grown farm, and like organic farms, don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO seeds.
In addition to feeding as many people as we can through our CSA, we hope our farm is a sanctuary for all our visitors. We created the vineyard, children’s garden, and East-facing bee area to invite ‘wild nature’ in. Our community is built through creative partnerships with committed, talented people…from our farm managers to our neighbors and members. We strive to be an incubator for young farming entrepreneurs and an advocate for the larger agriculture community.
Through sharing everything we grow with our CSA members and not going to market we are committed to keeping our prices equitable and offer payment plans for those in need. We also collaborate with EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association), donating any left-over shares (those not picked-up by members) to families throughout the city. Members of our community are very generous as well, with someone always willing to lend a hand and contribute.
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