The Neighborhood Farm
In pockets of Lincoln, Lexington and Concord you’ll find land that has been farmed continuously for close to 300 years. Nestled amidst those tracts, a stone’s s throw from where the American Revolution began, is Plough & Stars Farm – an acre and a half of Windsor Sandy Loam in Lincoln, MA.
At Plough & Stars Farm, we think of our farm as a living organism – a stable ecological balance between land, plants, animals and human work. And the health of that organism begins with the soil. We build and maintain our soils by rotating crops annually, using compost, cover crops and reducing tillage. And we reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers.
Although we farm according to organic standards, we have chosen not to pursue organic certification by the USDA. We chose instead to sign the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s “Farmer’s Pledge”. We believe knowing your farmer is the best policy. And we, your farmers, are guided by the following principles. Anyone is invited to come to the farm to see these principals in action.
- We reject the use of GMOs, chemically treated seeds, synthetic toxic materials, irradiation, and sewage sludge in our farming, and all synthetic substances in post harvest handling;
- We treat livestock humanely by providing pasture for ruminants, access to outdoors and fresh air for all livestock, banning cruel alterations, and using no hormones, GMOs or antibiotics in feed;
- We handle raw manure and soil amendments with care;
- We support agricultural markets and infrastructures that enable small farms to thrive;
- We conserve natural resources including the atmosphere and climate, by reducing erosion and pollution of air, soil and water through responsible farming practices;
- We maximize the nutritional value of food and feed by practicing careful post harvest handling;
- We practice minimal processing for all food products to preserve the natural nutritional value of food: NO use of irradiation, ultra-pasteurization, excessive heat, synthetic preservatives, or GMO processing agents or additives and include all ingredients on labels;
- We ensure food safety by using potable water for washing crops;
- We reduce the ecological footprint of farms and homes by limiting energy use and converting to renewable sources of energy;
- We reduce food miles by selling produce locally and regionally;
- We create beneficial habitat for wildlife and encourage biodiversity;
- We help preserve farmland;
- We share and develop farming skills and know-how;
- We use ethical business practices;
- We treat family members and farm workers with respect, and ensure their safety on the farm;
- We work in cooperation with other farmers and with the neighboring community to create a more sustainable way of life;
- We encourage the distribution of unsold but edible food to people who need it;
- We sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations