We are fortunate.
We love to grow high quality produce and flowers, we love connecting with our customers about food, we love to eat, and we love being a productive part of our community providing jobs. We love that we can do all of that and be so connected to the land, the weather, the insects. We have been successfully growing on our current farm for the past 9 years, but we have run out of room! Our customers have been so supportive and hungry that we need more land to grow more food. Which is why we are selling our current farm and why we bought a new farm.
Willow Wisp 2.0
The new farm is 5 miles away, still in Damascus, and still on our son Simon’s same school bus route! The whole parcel is 89 acres and it sits along the Delaware River. Approximately 30 acres of the whole parcel is prime soil which will be perfect for growing more food. The soil is a Fine Linden Sandy Loam and it is deep and beautiful. The remaining land is a mix of flood plain with old sycamores, river bank, forest, and cool rock ledges. The driveway is lined with enormous Hickory trees and it is unusual if we do not see an eagle every day.
This past year we have been very busy preparing the soil and building infrastructure. We planted 2 rounds of cover crops, added lime and rock minerals to the soil. We received our organic certification. Almost one mile of 8’ tall deer fence now encloses the field. The existing barn has been renovated to include a washing and packing room, workshops, loading dock, and walk-in coolers. New electric service, a new water well, and new irrigation system are at the ready. New greenhouses, including one heated house, will help to extend the season. By next year, solar panels will cover the barn roof.
The beautiful soil and all of the infrastructure means we can increase our production. In fact, over the coming years we will be able to quadruple our production. This means more volume and over time adding new crops including fruit, asparagus, microgreens, and many other flowers and vegetables.
Later phases of development will include another barn, more greenhouses, a commercial kitchen to launch our own value-added product line, and an event space for good food, community gatherings, and performance.
We could not have launched this expansion without the support of our customers or without the skilled and dedicated Willow Wisp Farm team.
Thank you and here’s to more organic food grown with the goals of:
- Managing soil to increase its biological health which results in nutritious and delicious crops
- Increasing biodiversity and protecting our natural resources
- Selecting varieties of crops that are the most flavorful and adapted to our soil
- Guaranteeing that all members of the farm team make a living wage
- Producing solar electricity for a renewable future
- Engaging with our community to make this a great place to live