New Earth Farm

Address: 1885 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA  23456
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Phone: (757) 301-7995
Website: newearthfarm.org
Categories: Farm

THE FARM

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 educational component to the farm. In 2017, full operation was turned over to a partnership of Kevin Jamison (owner of Commune restaurants in Virginia Beach and Norfolk), Marion and Paul Shultz, and Eric Cardon. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description of it under the Details tab.

What They Do: Applying principles of regenerative organic agriculture and permaculture design, they grow a variety of vegetables, as well as fruits, nuts, and herbs. In addition to crops, they raise laying hens on pasture, as well as sheep. 

Regenerative Practices: New Earth Farm is clearly committed to the principles of regenerative organic agriculture and permaculture. They use no-till systems, cover crops, composting, crop rotations, 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. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides, or biosolids are used on the farm.

Animals on the farm are raised on pasture where they feed primarily on their natural diets. In fact, this farm is one where you can observe the true meaning of pasture-raised chickens.

Certifications: The farm does not have any official certifications. As always, Foodwaze emphasizes the practices of a farm, with or without certification. What should be most important to consumers are the Regenerative Practices described above.

CONSUMER INFO

New Earth Farm’s products are available through a CSA. Please see their website for details. 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. Also, please look out for a market opening on the farm in Summer 2017.

OTHER TIDBITS

This is a really cool farm to visit. It is a true education in permaculture design and regenerative agriculture.

Check out their website for classes and workshops on topics such as cooking, pickling, composting, and backyard gardening. Please also see their website about tours.

OUR RESEARCH

This listing was compiled using the following processes:

• A visit to the farm and discussion with staff.

• The use of 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, who has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to all-natural farming and sustainable practices. 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 regenerative 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 further food production.

New Earth Farm operated at a fairly modest scale 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 regenerative 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, with a second location in Norfolk. (Click here to read a blog post about Commune and New Earth Farm.)

In 2017, John Wilson was ready to transfer ownership. Luckily, Jamison, and a team of others including Marion and Paul Shultz and Eric Cardon, were ready to take on the challenge. The group partnered together to continue to carry out the mission of New Earth Farm.

In addition to producing great food, this mission continues to include classes, lectures, and workshops on the farm. They also give tours to schools, garden clubs, and other like-minded organizations.

New Earth Farm’s products are available through a CSA. Please see their website for details. 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. Also, please look out for a market opening on the farm in Summer 2017.

New Earth Farm products can be found at these Foodwaze verified locations:

Norfolk, VA Commune - Norfolk Virginia Beach, VA Commune - Virginia Beach Heritage Natural Market