Location: Maplecrest, New York
Size: 4 acres
Farm Director: Dawa Sherpa
Establish: 2004
Website: http://www.catskillmtn.org/natural-agriculture/

Our farm is located on the campus of our Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts in Maplecrest,NY. We grow vegetables following the Natural Agriculture practices of Shinji Shumeikai. Our farm is located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and because of the altitude, the growing season is short. Most of our vegetables are grown in our two 30 x 100 feet greenhouses, where we farm from April through October. We also grow crops in our 4 acre open field in the months of June through September. 

During the months of May through October vegetables are offered for sale at the farm on Saturdays from 11 am until 2 pm.

We welcome visitors to the farm on Saturdays during the summer months. Drop in to take a walk through the farm, or come when we are selling vegetables at the farm building, or contact us at least 24 hours in advance of your planned visit at cmf@catskillmtn.org to confirm a time when our farm manager, Dawa Sherpa, will be on site.

The Catskill Mountain Foundation runs a summer youth arts program at its Sugar Maples campus, and participants in that program regularly visit our Natural Agriculture farm as part of their seven week summer program. We also organize regular visits to our farm by the local elementary school.

We have a farm fellows program and can offer free housing for farm interns with prior experience who would like to make a commitment to work as a volunteer on our farm and who want to learn about Natural Agriculture. Applications for our farm fellows program should be sent to cmf@catskillmtn.org.
During the summer, we grow a variety of greens, lettuce, scallions, potatoes, carrots, snow peas and snap peas, cucumbers, summer squash, green beans, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, radishes, beets, swiss chard, kale and peppers. Many of these are heirloom varieties that are rarely found anywhere else.

Our farm is both owned by the Catskill Mountain Foundation, a 501c(3) not for profit organization. Our goals are simple:

  • We want to grow the most healthful food we can for our community using the Natural Agriculture method.
  • We operate in the New York City Watershed and we want our farm to be pollution free. We strive to use farming methods that harmonize with our environment.
  • We want to serve as an educational facility for school children and other members of the community who want to know more about how safe, healthful food is grown.
  • We want to demonstrate the viability of farming on the Mountain Top using sustainable technologies such as renewable energy sources and experimenting with season-extending techniques to enable year-round production.

The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Natural Agriculture farm is supported with funding from the Windham Foundation.