We are surrounded by natural beauty. To the west lie the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. To the East, the Green Mountains of Vermont.
The Lewis Family Farm is devoted to the principals of organic, sustainable agriculture. Our herd of USDA-certified organic grass (forage) fed American Hereford cattle is born and raised here.
No grain is fed, ever. The herd lives outdoors year-round, inhabiting woodland in winter, rotating on lush mineral-rich pastures in summer. We feed LFF bailed hay in winter and follow a dynamic grazing management program in summer, moving the herd often to maximize nutritious intake.
Bred from national champion stock, these cattle grow slowly while maintaining high fertility rates. Meat from our cattle is succulent and flavorful. Lean but loaded with healthy Omega 3.
We, the Malted Barley Westerly, proudly use this high-quality beef in our homemade roast beef sandwich. We also utilize its quality in a 50% ratio of our ground meat to make up our homemade meatball sandwich. GRASS FED USDA ORGANIC TO THE MAX! Come check it out...
Why Certified Organic?
Wild Harmony Farm strives to produce healthy products that support industries that we believe in.
This means, we are proudly USDA Certified Organic. We go to great links to ensure our practices are honorable and up to snuff with our organic inspector. As the consumer, it's important that you know we are following through with the practices you expect. No corners are cut.
Organic is GMO-Free & more.
Genetically Modified Organisms are worth looking into and educating yourself about. GMO plants have their DNA modified in a laboratory. Plants are engineered to withstand glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up, which is a toxic, non-selective herbicide. 200 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed annually in the US. The corn and soybeans that go into conventional livestock feed are the biggest targets. It is now used so widely that it is leaking into our water supply. We have found the Non-GMO Project to be a very educational resource that offers a third party verification for products that opt-out of GMO ingredients.
By choosing Organic grains, we are helping to minimize the quantity of toxic chemicals used in the U.S. The EPA’s latest report, dating back to 2007, Pesticides Industry Sales and Usage, shares staggering data about the types, pounds, and history of pesticide usage in the U.S.
There are many different opinions out there about GMO’s, but we have yet to be convinced that they are scientifically safe and therefore do not want to use our animals, our customers or our bodies as the testing ground. We plan to continue to do our part to reduce the damage that these harmful chemicals cause and hope you will too.
Please consider shopping small-scale organic, GMO-Free and reducing the amount of chemicals used in your home, lawn, and workplace. Every little bit matters.
This pork is used in a 50% ratio of the ground meat in our tasty homemade meatball sandwich.
The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is a non-profit center for resilient agriculture located on 1,255 acres of prime farmland in Hurley, NY. We provide professional farmer training, host and support agricultural research, demonstrate new farm technologies, and serve as an educational resource for advances in food and farming.
Challenges & Opportunities
The challenges facing our food system are significant. Climate change has brought extreme weather and with it flooding, soil loss, pests, and diseases. A nationalized food distribution system is squeezing small and mid-sized farms out of wholesale markets. Steep land prices and equipment costs are making farm ownership challenging, if not prohibitive. Many of these factors have contributed to what has been a dramatic loss of farmland in the Hudson Valley over the course of a generation.
The strengths and opportunities we have available to address these challenges are also impressive. With strengths like deeply rooted farming traditions, excellent soils, young growers eager to explore farming careers, and proximity to New York City markets, the Hudson Valley region is well poised to capture the momentum of the burgeoning local food movement.
The Farm Hub began working with Hudson Valley farmers and partner organizations to identify barriers to and opportunities for building a resilient food system. Farmers and agricultural experts agreed on the need for regionally focused field research and training for the next generation of farmers. The vision emerged for a non-profit Farm Hub to serve as a center to meet these needs. A search for land led to the Gill Farm, whose central location, large number of acres, superior soil quality and extensive on-farm infrastructure made it the ideal place to turn the Farm Hub vision into a reality.
The Farm Hub was founded in 2013 and began the transition from private farm operation to a non-profit organization. Many of the original collaborators continue to be involved, even as the Farm Hub expands its circle of advisors and partner organizations. By bringing resources, people and institutions together, the Farm Hub is building programming to harness the region’s strengths for a more resilient future.