East Brook Farm is located in the Catskills, just outside of Walton, New York. The ecologically diverse 90 acres include a permaculture based no-till market garden, a former dairy barn now housing a small herd of Red Poll beef cattle, a smaller barn being used for a tiny flock of dairy sheep, an 1884 farmhouse housing us, a greenhouse, several other outbuildings, 40 chickens, 9 ducks, and several friendly cats.
The farm has a long local history, having been one of the Tweedie family farms. The dairy barn is being given a fresh coat of paint, but the locals sometimes refer to it as “the pink barn” because of the old red paint that shows through the whitewash that had been put over it.
The land has good soil, multiple springs coming out from the hillside, has East Brook running along and through it, and is about half open pasture land with the rest in hilly woods. Some of the pastures have been in hay for years, and some are being brought back through holistic management rotational grazing techniques.
Who lives and farms here? Sarah Williford, with 10 years experience in farming and running a permaculture based veggie CSA and whole farm planning teacher. Five or more others participating in various ways; as co-farmers, interns, WWOOFers, workawayers, and intentional community explorers. We’ve begun forming intentional community here and, over time, intend to transition to a cooperative business model. As a community farm, we wish to acknowledge the many contributions made to the farm by friends, family, interns, WWOOFers and neighbors; without them, the farm would not thrive.
We operate a no-till 2 acre veggie and herb farm and have eggs from laying hens and ducks. Our herbal business Collected Creations makes delicious lip balms, super healing skin salves, nourishing creams for everywhere, an aches & pains rub, herbal tea blends, tinctures, and smudge sticks. Our markets are CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale.
We use the regenerative growing practices of permaculture and holistic management and all of our products are made with tremendous love for the earth, animals, and human beings! We are also managing a newly planted orchard, dairy sheep and beef cows in a future silvopasture setting, and raising bees. We enjoy wild crafting and making medicines and spirits, making lacto-fermented products, yogurt and canning and freezing. We aim for a diversified farm of abundance and resilience.