How We Farm
We are located in the Upper Delaware River Valley, where we grow a diverse mix of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers on our 12 acres. Tended with care our valley bottom soil grows delicious and nutrient-dense produce. As farmers, we take the long view that while growing food, we should always be improving our soil, increasing the farm’s biodiversity, and contributing to our community. We do this by using cover crops, crop rotation, and creating insect and wildlife habitat. We use no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers and we are Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.
Greg Swartz has been farming in the Upper Delaware River Valley for ten years. After several years as an apprentice on local farms (including Wild Roots Farm, Apple Pond Farm, and Gorzynski Ornery Farm), he took a break from full time farming to become the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). He worked with NOFA-NY until 2009 and purchased this farm with his family in 2007.
Tannis Kowalchuk is the cut flower grower at Willow Wisp Organic Farm and a proud member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Tannis is a theatre maker, educator and a community organizer. She co-founded NACL Theatre in Highland Lake, NY and has directed, performed and created over 25 productions that have played at NACL Theatre and various venues in NYC, across North America and Europe. Her recent theatre work has included the New York City premiere of Shakespeare’s Will (HERE in New York City in March 2018), Courage with film actress Debra Winger at Apple Pond Farm and Governors Island in September 2017, Small Miracles a touring street theatre performance with her ensemble. She has a weekly radio show, Ophelia’s Flowers on WJFF and sits on the board of Evergreen Garden in Monticello and Tusten Heritage Garden in Narrowsburg, NY.
Simon was born in 2008 and he is already in love with tractors.
John Bachman has been involved in farming since the early 1990’s. He has worked on many vegetable farms over the years. He was the first farmer of Thanksgiving Farm at The Center for Discovery in Harris, NY. In addition to his beloved radio show Country Crossroads, John has also been a key staffer at WJFF/Radio Catskill (our community radio station) for over 8 years. In addition to being a great friend, John is a great farmer and Willow Wisp is lucky to have him on the team.