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Regenerative Farms In CT Practice Sustainable Agriculture

Updated: Feb 12


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There are Regenerative Farms in CT that raise produce and livestock in a sustainable manner. Regenerative farming does not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers or harmful chemicals They practice letting their livestock roam and graze, rotating crops, producing their own compost, using cover crops, and practice no tilling or low tilling of the soil. These practices lead to healthier crops and livestock for consumers and the community. Below are CT farms that use regenerative farming practices.



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Admah Farm is a Jewish run farm located on 10 acres of land in Fall Village CT. The teach regenerative farming in the tradition of their Jewish ancestors the Mahican people. The farm practices low till and no tilling of the soil, crop rotation, drip irrigation, use of cover crops, composting, and rotational grazing.


They teach Jewish environmental techniques with retreats and seminars, have a summer camp for children, offer retreats at the Isabella Freeman retreat center, and on the Pearlstone Campus in Maryland. In Fall Village they raise crops using their land and in greenhouses. The farm grows fruit, vegetables, and livestock.


The farm has internship and offers online and in person educational programs that teach farming and environmental skills. They have retreats and workshops by different groups at the Isabella Freeman Retreat Center.


Adamah Farm provides food to local food pantries and provides emergency food distribution to the local community. They work with food pantry in Salisbury, Torrington, Hartford, and Lime Rock. Local CT residents can participate in their CSA program and receive produce June - November for a fee and this program supports their local farm programs. To learn more about their programs in CT or CSA program visit their website or call 860-824-5991.






Pigs Grazing: Geograph Organization



Azuluna Farms in Woodstock CT practices regenerative farming and rotational management. They do not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The livestock they raise are grassfed and they practice rotational grazing.


The use a wood gasification boiler that heats the building on the farm. This produces less pollution that oil and gas. It uses organic material and reduces waste on the farm. The farm generates electricity using wind turbines and solar panels.


Azuluna Farms raises chickens, lamb, pigs, on all-natural diets and uses two guardian dogs to protect the animals from predators. The hub farm helps other small farms by providing a training program to make livestock farming more accessible. They provide farmers with land, resources, and tools to build success. Those interested should call the number listed below.


The farm offers agricultural tours, internship, and historic tours that can be arranged by filling out the online form or calling 1-888-788-8726. You can purchase meals online created by dietitians and chefs for the farm. Some of the meals offered are chicken pot pie, grilled chicken, pulled pork, grilled pork chops, curry shrimp, and salmon. You have to order at least four entrees and they are delivered throughout the US.


Cows Grazing Source: Geograph Organization


Millstone Farm in Wilton, CT practices regenerative farming with rotational grazing and allows different species of farm animals to graze to improve the quality of the soil. There livestock grazes throughout the winter. The have found their low till or no tilling practices reduces erosion and improves retention of water and organic material.


The farm uses cover crops and makes their own compost to use in the soil. Their heated greenhouse grows greens in the winter and their unheated hop house grows spinach, collard greens, kale, and chard. They use ground cover to grow these crops in the winter. They raise chicken, turkey, eggs, sheep, goats, and cows.


The farm has a packing shed where they harvest, wash, sort and pack produce. Reuse water is used to irrigate crops via a pump and storage tank. The farm is on 71 acres of land. They sell produce, eggs, chicken, salmon, ham, beef, goat meat and sauces to consumers through their online farm store.


Their CSA program offers organic products to consumers in season. It supplies bi-weekly produce during the growing season. Those interested in the online store or joining CSA should visit the website or call (203) 834-2605.




Lincoln Red Cattle: Geograph Organization UK


Radical Roots Farm uses regenerative farming to raise heritage livestock. The farm raises Lincoln Red and Scotts Highland cows and Mulefoot and Red Wattle hogs. Other farm animals they raise are chicken, goats, turkey, and rabbits. It is a family-owned farm run by a veteran and his wife.


They started gardening in an apartment to improve the quality of food for their family. The continued with raising farm animals and now own a 86 acre farm. They feed their livestock greens, grass, weeds, and leaves. All the animals graze and roam on the farm and they do not use hormones, or antibiotics.


The farm sell products on their online store whole animals, half, or a quarter butchered and prepared for the customer. They have single items like garlic bratwurst, burgers, organ meat, ground pork, pork shoulder, ribs, sausage, steak blades, bacon, ham, pork chops, and chicken.


Those interested in ordering products can visit the online store or call 931-241-3325. You can arrange a tour of the farm by filling out the online form or calling the number listed.



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Waldingfield Farm is a certified organic farm that uses regenerative farming practices. It is run by three men with backgrounds in farming and management. They practice biodiversity by rotating crops to keep the nutrients and water in the soil. They do not use chemical or pesticides when growing crops.


For fertilizer they use natural cow manure, kelp, and green manure made of clover, vetch, and dry grass. They grow swiss chard, summer squash, spinach, radishes, pumpkins, potatoes, peas, peppers, melons, greens, eggplant, cucumbers, collard greens, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes and other vegetables.


Their farm stand is open Memorial Day thru October. You can buy their produce at the New Haven farmer's market, Washington Depot market, and Newtown CT. They sell their produce Whole Foods, Washington Food Market, Northville Market, New Morning Natural and Organic Market, and Bantam Market.


Those interested in joining their CSA program can visit their online site or call 1-860-7270 for more information. They provide weekly and biweekly pickup or drop off in the warmer season.



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References


Adamah Farms and Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village website

Azuluna Farm Woodstock CT website

Millstone Farm in Wilton CT website

Radical Root Farm in Canterbury and Sterling CT website

Waldingfield Farm in Washington, CT Website.

Photos used in article not from these local farms

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