August 19, 2016 |
On a recent morning at Lundale Farm, a 520-acre spread in Chester County, Kim Albano of Ironstone Creamery was on her way to feed her pigs while, in the next field over, Emma Cunniff and Noah Cohen of Kneehigh Farm were dropping scallion and lettuce starts into soil freshly tilled into tidy rows. Cattle from Wyebrook Farm grazed on a hillside, beehives were stacked like condos near a strip of woodland, and, in a greenhouse, flats of True Leaf Microgreens' miniature basil, sorrel, and cilantro made a green patchwork, like an aerial view of the farmland that once dominated this region.
August 1, 2016 |
Twenty-five years ago, developers offered Fred Seipt millions of dollars for his struggling Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. He said no. Instead of taking the money and watching his three-generation farm become yet another Montgomery County subdivision, Seipt gambled on building two lavish miniature golf courses, a driving range, a pro shop, and baseball batting cages. He bet the farm, and he won. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, Freddy's Family Fun Center helps support 180 acres of feed corn and 20 acres of pumpkins, plus an ice cream-making operation.
April 17, 2016 |
Second-generation Burlington County farmer Anthony Russo III made a mark on the business he loved as an advocate and mentor and role model for New Jersey farmers. Russo, 73, a respected longtime farmer and pillar in the rural Tabernacle community, died Thursday afternoon after a tragic accident at his farm. Russo, who owned Russo's Fruit & Vegetable Farm in Tabernacle, was struck by a tractor about 1:50 p.m., New Jersey State Police said Friday. He was rushed by medics to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
March 23, 2016 |
Eva Mae Mayfield, 72, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, March 6, at Crozer-Chester Medical Center of injuries she suffered in a Feb. 1 fire at her home. Mrs. Mayfield was lighting a candle when the flame got away from her, said her son, Carl A. She was hospitalized in critical condition and never recovered enough to leave the facility. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Mrs. Mayfield's death was accidental. The cause was smoke inhalation and burns. Born in South Boston, Va., to John Isaac and Kate Stephens Lewis, she was reared on the family farm with 13 brothers and sisters.
February 5, 2016 |
The reformed marijuana grower and the ex-Wall Street banker make an unlikely duo, working side by side in an old South Philadelphia factory building where - despite the chill outside - the air is warm, humid, and sweetened by hundreds of basil plants. Lee Weingrad, the grower, and Jack Griffin, the businessman, have great hopes for this "vertical" farm, where hydroponic herbs, microgreens, and tomatoes crowd together in troughs stacked almost to the ceiling. This is Metropolis Farms.
August 21, 2014 |
At the farm at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Chester County, the stalks on the chard are a startling fire-truck red. The eggplants, shiny as the Lexuses and Mercedeses in the parking lot, offer mirrorlike reflections of moneyed folk with the luck and good sense to eat well. Flawless, fabulous vegetables have long been a perk of the middle and upper classes, who could afford to pay as much as $765 for 24 weeks of produce as part of the community supported agriculture program (CSA)
August 19, 2014 |
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. - It was only July, but Martha Trinca was thinking about Christmas. This year was going to be special. Her older sister Theresa was coming. Among the 10 Hunt children, Theresa stood out. The fiercely independent redhead had left the family farm, put herself through college, and reinvented herself as a social worker in Philadelphia. So on July 24, Trinca sat at her home outside Richmond, scribbling a list of possible Christmas presents. Hunt, 53, did not have many needs.
August 8, 2014 |
SOME PHILLY storekeepers winced when they saw Emma Lee McBurnette coming through the door. Emma Lee had a sharp eye for bargains, and no patience for what she considered overpricing. "That's not worth the price," she might say about an item. "I won't pay it. " More often than not, Emma Lee got her way. The merchants saw the error of their ways and adjusted the prices accordingly. And far from wanting to ban Emma Lee from their stores, most merchants realized that she was right more often than not and willingly amended their larcenous ways.
July 9, 2014 |
The locally renowned lima beans will be back soon at Taylor River Side Farm in Cinnaminson. The latest generations of Taylors are back already. "It feels like home," Peter Taylor, 46, says, sitting on a grand Victorian porch that offers a silvery view of the Delaware River. A child welfare worker and practicing Quaker who grew up in Atlantic County, Taylor had been living in Toronto until last summer. After an aunt and uncle who had been tending the farm retired to California, Taylor moved back to South Jersey with his wife, Lily, and their daughter, Abby.
July 6, 2014 |
Seiji H. Moriuchi, of Moorestown, 35, a third-generation flower farmer, died in his sleep Monday, June 30. The cause of death has yet to be determined, said his brother Naoji, but he had been in poor health following a fall last year. Mr. Moriuchi grew up on the family farm at Borton Landing and Hartford Roads, and graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1998, where he was captain of the soccer and baseball teams and also played basketball. During his senior year, he received the Herm McGee Award, given to the male and female athletes who have made a significant contribution to athletics at Moorestown Friends during the school year.