Farmer of the Month – May 2015

Sunny MeadowSunny Meadow Farm, Cabot, VT

What Is Your Name?
Tony Ingraldi

 How many acres do you farm?

Two acres

How long have you been farming?

I’ve been farming off and on since 2001.  I’ve been at my current location in Cabot for the past four years.

 

Why do you farm?

I started farming because I wanted to be able to provide quality organic produce for my two young daughters at the time.  I feel that it is important to have a first hand knowledge of where my food comes.  Farming is also a great way for me to connect with the natural cycles of the world while also providing food security for my family.  I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes form enjoying the bounty of my hard work.

 

What do you grow?

 I grow a diverse range of produce primarily for myself.  I provide the Coop with Asian greens, Baby Lettuce, Onions, and Garlic.

 

Where does the food you grow go?  

The food I grow goes to Buffalo Mtn. Coop, Sarducci’s, my close neighbors, and my kitchen table.

 

What are your growing practices, if not certified organic? (fertilization, pesticides, etc…)

I believe in  a long term, high organic matter, feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants.  I apply manure in the fall and cover crop throughout the year.  I practice crop rotation and use physical measures to prevent pests.  I don’t believe in spraying pesticides of any kind organic or not.  I use row covers to prevent pests access to crops and a vacuum to remove them.

 

Do you have any animals on your farm? (not including humans)

We have a small flock of chickens.

 

If you could be any fruit or vegetable, what would it be?

If I could be any fruit or vegetable I’d be a wild ramp.

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