Chestnut Creek Farm was officially founded in 2019. Its set on 20 acres of land carved out of the original Ingersoll farm that extended from Blind Sodus Creek to Little Sodus Bay. The land had been fallow for over 20 years when we purchased it. After a couple of years of clearing and cover cropping in 2019 we planted our first section of orchard, and harvested our first crop of garlic. All good things take time and we're excited to continue to grow the farm, and produce a wider variety of crops.
At Chestnut Creek Farm our mission is to create a productive and dynamic food production system that works with and improves the ecology around us. We put human health and the environment first.
What is Certified Organic?
The Organic label you see when purchasing food tells the consumer that certain standards have been met in the production of that food product. Any farm producing Certified Organic products must produce those products in accordance with the federal guidelines of the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDAs National Organic Standards. While this is a very long and detailed piece of legislation there are a few main points:
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
While organic certification has a strict regulations that inform consumers about the minimum cultural practices that went into their food production many producers go further. Regenerative agricultural practices are not regulated, and are evolving based on new research, and innovations. It is a method of farming that promotes the overall health of a system resulting in healthier more productive crops without disruptive chemical and mechanical practices.
This is done in three main ways:
Why does this matter?
The planet and our communities are facing a number of large scale challenges. Climate change, soil depletion, polution, poor nutrition, and chronic disease are all tied to agriculture. The way food is grown, and what people eat have long lasting and far reaching affects. The use of organic and regenerative practices allow us to produce great food without sacrificing human health or our environment.
-Morley & Lauren, Owners Chestnut Creek Farm