The Bayard Cutting Arboretum farm was established in 2012 on a parcel of land which overlooks the Connetquot River and is adjacent to a historic barn that was used by the Cutting family for their herd of Jersey milking cows. Later, the meadow was mowed and the barn used for storage until the Arboretum’s Director Nelson Sterner decided to devote a portion of the land for growing crops. The land was turned over and prepared for planting in the early spring of 2012. The main room of the barn was cleaned and painted and is now used as the information center and pick up area of the CSA.
Cutting family Jersey milking cows
Two and a half acres are currently under cultivation. We have three growing fields, an herb bed, cut flower bed, and an asparagus patch. Each year we test the soil and add compost and minerals as needed. Our goal is to feed the soil to keep it biologically rich and balanced so that we can grow food that tastes good and is good for us.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA farm is not a certified organic farm, however, we sign and follow the guidelines of the Northeast Farmer’s Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Farmer’s Pledge which describes guidelines that the farmer promises to follow to ensure that the food is responsibly grown, using organic and sustainable practices. The farmer promises to grow the healthiest food possible under conditions that help preserve the land on which it is grown.
To find out more about NOFA-NY click HERE.
At the Farm, our egg-laying chickens are a hybrid cross between a White Rock female and a Rhode Island Red male. Staying true to the Farmer’s Pledge (see above) our chicken’s diet consists of organic feed. Eggs are available for purchase at the manor house all year round. For CSA members: a limited amount of eggs are available for purchase at share pickup, during the CSA season. Our eggs are sold exclusively at the Manor House during the winter.