New Earth Farm
|Address:|| 1885 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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Farm Stand: SaturdaysSee their website for CSA information
New Earth Farm was started in 1995 by Farmer John Wilson. In 2010, he collaborated with the non-profit, Community Development International (CDi), to expand the CSA and create an education component to the farm. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description under the Details tab.
• Produce Grown: New Earth grows a wide variety of vegetables, as well as fruits, nuts, and herbs. In addition to crops, they raise laying hens on pasture, as well as sheep.
• Chemicals: No use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. No use of biosolids.
• Sustainable Practices: They use no-till systems. They also use composting, crop rotation, and use of cover crops and natural mulches. They also use bio-char, which is charcoal produced from heated plant matter. Bio-char not only helps build soil fertility, it enhances carbon sequestration.
• Watering: They rely on rainwater and moisture retention through healthy soil.
• Certification: None
• Consumers can buy direct from New Earth Farm through their CSA or on the farm at a stand that is open on Saturdays. All products sold at the stand and through the CSA come from New Earth
• Consumers can also buy at local farmers markets and natural food stores. Please see the Places tab.
• This is a really cool farm to visit. It is a true education in permaculture design and regenerative agriculture.
• Their classes and workshops include topics such as cooking, composting, and backyard gardening. Please see their website. They also give group tours.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A visit to the farm and discussion with staff.
• Conducting other research about the farm and its practices.
New Earth Farm is a diverse, multi-species farm located near the community of Pungo, about 20 minutes from the heart of Virginia Beach. The 21-acre farm was started in 1995 by Farmer John Wilson. Foodwaze has had the opportunity to visit the farm to observe and learn first hand about their impressive commitment to permaculture and regenerative agriculture.
This is one of those farms where organic certification would not do justice to the practices they use to build healthy soil and produce nutrient dense food. They grow mostly vegetables using no-till systems, and also fruits, herbs, and flowers. Their sustainable practices include composting, crop rotation, and use of cover crops and natural mulches. They also use bio-char, which is charcoal produced from heated plant matter. Bio-char not only helps build soil fertility, it enhances carbon sequestration. The farm’s goal is to achieve 5% organic matter in its soil.
In addition to their crops, New Earth raises laying hens and sheep on pasture. They are rotated regularly to help contribute to soil fertility and keep the pastures lush as a natural food source for the animals. The farm also maintains several beehives on the farm. They have also created bio-diversity with a 30-foot buffer zone, which serves as a wind break and habit for wildlife and beneficial insects. The have also planted trees around the pastures for shade and food production.
New Earth operated at a fairly modest scale up until 2010. At that time it partnered with a non-profit called Community Development International (CDi). CDi was co-founded by local-resident Kevin Jamison, who helped develop New Earth into an educational farm. They constructed an education building called “The Sustainability Center” where they hold a variety of lectures and workshops about sustainable farming, healthy eating and cooking with real food. It was the success of the cooking classes that led Jamison to eventually open up Commune restaurant nearby in Virginia Beach.
They continue to offer classes, lectures, and workshops on the farm. They also give tours to schools, garden clubs, and other like-minded organizations.
In addition to selling their products directly from the farm at stand that’s open on weekends, New Earth runs a CSA. They also sell at farmers markets, restaurants, and natural foods stores. Click on the Places tab to find out which places are listed on Foodwaze.