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Elderberry Pond Farm


The Farm at Elderberry Pond  has been managed using organic and sustainable practices since 1983.  In 1999 the farm was certified organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC. Currently we have about 36 acres in certified organic production.  Organic farming practices at Elderberry Pond focus on maintenance of bio-diversity on the entire farm both above and below the ground. Insects and plant diseases are controlled with natural amendments, with traps and by encouraging predatory insect populations.  The following describe some of the specific practices we use on our farm.  If you visit the farm store or restaurant we would be glad to discuss these practices in more detail.


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A Field of Buckwheat planted on the farm encourages beneficial insects and improves the soil structure. The buckwheat grows quickly shading out weeds and providing a canopy of flowers which attract bees and predatory insects such as lacewings. When planted between rows of crops it eliminates the need for cultivation for weed control during the early summer. 

Plowing Down Cover Crops   When the cover crop is plowed down, here using a shallow set moldboard plow, the green vegetation and roots provide food for micro-organisms living in the soil. These same microorganisms break down the minerals in the soil making them available for plant nutrition. After a few seasons the soil becomes a rich brown color and holds moisture and feeds our crops through the dry summer months.

Insect Control using Predatory Insects   As an example of insect control, a container with the eggs of microscopic wasps are being released into this sweet corn field.  When the eggs hatch the wasps will move throughout the field destroying European corn borer eggs and preventing the worms from hatching and entering the sweet corn ears. No Sprays Required!

Insect Control Using Pheromone Traps   Here in our apple trees pheromone traps are used to capture male codling moths. In addition to reducing the number of male moths and thus the mating process, the traps give us an idea of how severe the codilng moth and resulting worm problem will be, and what additional measures to control this pest we will need during the season.

Rye Grain planted as a living mulch is one way to keep the soil covered between rows of growing crops.  Here the grain is cut between the rows of tomatoes.  The cut straw will maintain soil moisture, reduce weed pressure, and make harvesting the tomatoes a cleaner and easier process.

Pastured Farm Animals
Our farm animals live in the pasture in portable houses.  These pigs are on a 2 acre pasture where they have continuous access to green alfalfa and clover, fresh water, and certified organic corn and soy grain.


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A perfect gift for those who enjoy fresh seasonal food in

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