Astarte Farm sits on 6.6 acres of rich Pioneer Valley loam located on the southwest side of the Hadley town common. In 1999, Dan Pratt, an experienced organic farmer, bought the land and began Astarte Farm. The farm became certified organic in 2003 and has been popular around the valley for its great tasting heirloom veggies. In May 2014, we purchased Astarte Farm and with Dan's help have begun growing our own organic fruits and vegetables. In 2014 we sold our produce at the Kendrick Park Farmers Market in Amherst, as well as All Things Local in Amherst and River Valley Market in Northampton.
2017 After completing a third high tunnel in the fall, we are filling our open spaces with lettuce, radish, peas, carrots, fresh garlic, and over wintered spinach is reaching our customers at River Valley Coop. Looks like a cool wet spring, just what the doctor ordered! Check our Instagram and Facebook for more updates.
We started this year off submitting a research grant proposal to the Organic Farming Research Foundation to study the effects of biochar. We did not receive the grant funding but have continued our own experiments with biochar.
Despite a cold start to the season, we've been making lots of progress on the farm and have been making twice-weekly deliveries of Certified Organic Vegetables to River Valley Market in Northampton. In March, Annalise "Ace" Clausen signed on as our new production manager and is now supervising a crew of six motivated young farmers. Ace comes with several years of experience at Farm Girl Farm in Sheffield, MA.