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We sell our seasonal organic produce at the Ithaca Farmers Market on Saturdays, Ithaca's Greenstar Food Coop, and Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn

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Blue Heron Farm grows 3 different colors of beets, 6 varieties of garlic, 16 lettuces, a dozen winter squashes and an amazing 25 types of tomatoes!

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Blue Heron Farm has been certified organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC since 1987

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How We Farm


We are committed to organic growing practices because we know, from years of experience, that it is possible to produce most crops without the use of environmentally damaging insecticides, herbicides, and petroleum based fertilizers. It is more challenging, but much more satisfying to grow food without compromising your health, or the health of water, soil, wildlife, or farm workers nearby. We market locally because it makes sense to deliver the freshest possible produce, to eliminate long distance trucking, and to keep dollars circulating close to home.


For more information about the design of Blue Heron and our farming techniques, you can read our article, 'Putting the Farm to Bed,' published in 'The Natural Farmer' (Spring 2003, Vol.2, No. 56. Page 22).





Some of our farm equipment



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Rotor Cultivator

A six-foot rotor tiller for primary tillage, with lilliton cultivators at the outside to throw stray soil back into the bed

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Five-tined field cultivator

A five-tined field cultivator is used onfour-row crops once they grow larger. Note lilliston wheels at the outside to keep soil from migrating to the sod strip.


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Lilliston cultivator

b A gang of lilliston cultivators used in double passes to manage weeds eary in a potato crop, which is planted two rows per 6-foot bed.

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Beet knife cultivator

For tender young vegetable crops, two sets of beet and bean knives are used in double passes to cultivate four rows. The vertical sections of the knives protect the row of plants.






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