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Leah & John Tewksbury

PASA Members Since 1998
Tewksbury Grace Farm
Muncy, PA (Lycoming County)

When Leah and John Tewksbury moved to central Pennsylvania in 1995 and found themselves toiling to double-dig raised beds in their shale soil for a small home garden, they didn’t imagine they would someday support the produce needs of 40 families and several locally-owned restaurants, while helping educate the public on the benefits of sustainably produced food. Hoping to make their gardening more manageable, they attended a field day on intensive biodynamic farming and began “lasagna gardening” - a method of alternating mulch layers to build up garden beds. For the Tewksburys, this shift in gardening methods became the unwitting first step toward a future as a farming couple and community educators.

After some years of (shoveless!) lasagna gardening, Leah and John began to enjoy bartering surplus produce in the community. Upon forming a growers market in Lewisburg with a group of PASA members, the car repairs and yoga classes for which they’d previously bartered were now supplemented by a cash flow from produce sales. Growers market participation morphed into taking pre-orders for market, and by 2008, Tewksbury Grace Farm debuted a 30-member CSA program.

When asked why they first joined PASA, these current Lifetime Members indicated they wanted to meet other farmers and to learn and share agricultural knowledge and experience. “We now think of PASA not only as a professional association and resource center, but also as an organization where we have made many interesting and good friends.”

The Tewksburys enjoy fostering the farmer/consumer relationship and educating their customers on good food grown sustainably. With satisfied restaurant customers and a growing waiting list for their CSA, it’s evident that the Tewksburys will be helping to educate the public and building relationship between farmer and eaters for a long time to come.

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