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Business Member Profile - Lundale Farm

Lundale Farm
Pottstown, PA / Chester County
PASA Business Member Since 2012

 

Samuel Morris, owner of Lundale Farm, was elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1970. In the late eighties before he stepped down he was the prime sponsor on nationally-recognized legislation to help foster the preservation of PA farmland and our agricultural heritage. According to the Lundale Farm, since this bill was enacted, “over 4,070 farms totaling over 432,730 acres have been preserved in Pennsylvania...more than any other state in the nation.” (pictured left - Lundale Farm Executive Director, Marilyn Anthony with Eric Franks of True Leaf Gardens)

Considered by many to be the father of farmland preservation, Samuel Morris’ children have carried on his legacy at Lundale Farm. Nearly a decade ago, the Morris Family engaged PASA to help them implement their parent’s wishes to bring the land back into farming. The PASA project explored how Lundale could become a living and educational site to showcase different scales and types of farms in production – organically, sustainably and profitably

Lundale Farm seeks to address two key obstacles facing aspiring farmers: access to land and affordable housing. Lundale Farm, Inc, a nonprofit organization seeks to foster a new farm model - a multi-enterprise farming community. The idea is for the 520 acres and six homes under management by Lundale to be farmed by complimentary farm businesses. Lundale is not an incubator since it provides long-term opportunity for farm entrepreneurs.

Currently, 6 agricultural enterprises are active on about 220 acres. One young family lives on the farm while pursuing their farming dreams, one beekeeper maintains hives, and there’s a new organic horse-powered CSA on the way. There are two feed crop farmers planting 100 acres in transition to organic and another 100 acres being grazed by cattle from Wyebrook Farm. These independent businesses share the land and cooperate in a whole host of ways.

Resident farmer, Jasmine Richardson of True Leaf Microgreens, says “Lundale Farm has been an exciting move for our family and our business. My partner Eric Franks and I traveled around the country looking for land to start our farm. We spent several years apprenticing and preparing ourselves and another four years building our business nearby….Moving to Lundale has allowed us to expand our operation, diversify and plan for the future. We are pleased to be a part of Lundale Farm as their vision unfolds.”

Lundale Farm’s Executive Director, Marilyn Anthony, concluded her interview by saying, “PASA is the farm association that champions sustainable agriculture and local food systems throughout the mid-Atlantic – it makes sense for Lundale Farm to be part of this organization.”

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