Interview with Daryl Mosher of Brittany Hollow Farm
As part of our "Living Naturally"
theme, we are exploring the production of organic foods in the Hudson Valley.
More information will be available online as we acquire it. So do check out our
for this and other current information.
Here is a conversation I had with the owner of Brittany Hollow
farm located off Route 9. - Roberta Schiff
RS. How long have you been farming
and when did you go organic?
DM. I've been farming for twenty-one years and became organic
in about 1990 when our children were age 2, 3, and 5. They work with us in the
fields and we did not want them exposed to chemicals. It worked well from the
beginning. We rotate crops and plant cover crops in the Fall.
We also do companion planting such as garlic and cilantro for
RS. I buy from you at the Rhinebeck Farmers' Market. Where
else do you sell?
DM. The Hyde Park Farmers' Market, Montgomery Place Farm
Stand, Red Hook Health Food Store, The Culinary Institute of America, The Omega
Institute and several restaurants.
RS. What do you grow?
DM. We grow 60 different kinds of vegetables including regular
and heirloom tomatoes, winter squash, lettuces and 10
kinds of potatoes.
Fingerlings and Peruvian blues are favorites.
RS. What tips do you have for home gardeners who want to grow
DM. Don't be afraid to try anything. With only a few plants
you can just pick off the pests.
RS. Do you offer Community Supported Agriculture? (This is
where shares are sold and paid for ahead of time)
DM. No, but I used to have people sign up for a "Box Day"
RS. How does that work?
DM. There are two days a week where people can come and get a
box of produce for $10 to $20. They sign up ahead of time but pay for it when
they purchase it. They agree to come on one of the two days. I am considering
doing this again in 2004. (Watch the MHVS website for more information.)
It was a pleasure speaking with someone who does work that is
good for both people and our planet. Daryl has become very knowledgeable about
organic farming and enjoys his work.