A Story

Of How Ironwood Farm was Started

Starting a farm in this day and age is difficult. Especially when its a small-scale organic farm without a big pot of gold to get things going. Here is how we did it:

Learning and Mentoreship

Little Seed Gardens

Lauren, Jenny and Aliyah worked together on Little Seed Gardens organic farm for over 4 years. This is where we 'learned' farming and made lifelong friends with our mentors and role models Willy and Claudia, who continue to show us the endless possibilities of the farming life.  We      you Little Seed!

Finding Land

Columbia Land Conservancy

Finding suitable and affordable land to lease is challenging as land prices rise. The Columbia Land Conservancy was crucial in connecting us with land owners wanting farmers to work their land. After a year of searching & interviewing, we found our match.

Starting a Business

The Carrot Project

How do three young women start up a business without funding? The answer is in The Carrot Project. This progressive organization helped us write a viable business plan, apply for a loan, seek legal and business council, and basically form our biz entity. This organization is an incredible resource for new small farms in the Hudson Valley.

The Tipple Family

Land Partnership

Thanks to the forward thinking Tipple Family we arranged to rent seven acres of their land to put into vegetable production. Their generosity and support ensured we had available and fertile soil to grow in.

Going All In

A Bank Loan

Putting your debt where your heart is. With the help of The Carrot Project we received a $30k loan and $10k operating credit to get us started... It's almost all gone...

Vegetable Growing!

Group Effort

And with a lot of hard work, determination, and collaboration Ironwood Farm started growing its first vegetables in 2014. Thank you to everyone for helping us get this farm off the ground, in the soil and into production.

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