Little Seed Gardens is a 97 acre family run farm in the town of Chatham in Columbia County, situated on rich bottomlands at the confluence of two creeks. Farmers, Claudia Kenny and Willy Denner and their two children, tend vegetables, cover crops and pasture. We are committed to agricultural practices that protect land and human resources, build biological diversity, and produce quality food for our local communities. Our food is grown without synthetic insecticides, fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers. Little Seed Gardens is certified organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC. As farmers we work to sustain the land for future generations.
PROTECTING OUR ECOSYSTEMS
Little Seed answers the growing demand for food that is real. In contrast to the homogenous products of today's mega farms, our customers enjoy vibrant produce that expresses the variety of our seasons. Our customers are assured they are buying food grown for concern for their health and for the health of the farm ecosystem. We hope you will find nourishment and culinary delight in our produce.
OUR LOGO AND FARM NAME
We named our farm Little Seed Gardens in honor of the tiny miracle of the seed, divine pattern. In the darkness of the earth the seed is awakened... Our logo, (drawn by Willy) honors the crow, our most constant companion in the garden.
All photos are taken by Deirdre Haber Malfatto (unless otherwise noted)
Willy and Claudia began Little Seed Gardens out of their passion for gardening and their desire to integrate work, home and family life. Willy likes old tractors, roads with pot holes and emerald waves of salad mix blowing in the wind. He takes on the task of organizing and implementing production of our 20 acres of vegetables. He has a profound commitment to working with the natural cycles, and building the farm's soil life. Claudia was drawn into a life of farming through the joy of playing in the dirt and a desire to live well. She is motivated to farm by the desire to create healthy human community co existing peacefully.
They have been using Holistic Resource Management as a decision making model for Little Seed for the last 20 years. Claudia and Willy work as sustainable food system activists on projects with diverse stakeholders. They offer on farm mentoring to young farmers and mentor through NOFA New York.
Portrait by Mae DK
June - July
Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Carrots, Garlic Scapes, Italian Dandelion, Kale, Kolrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Radishes, Scallions, Spinach, Sugar snap peas, Turnips, Salad Mix
August - September
Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Chard, Chinese cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Escarole, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pac Choi, Peppers, Scallions, Spinach, Shallots, Summer onion, Summer squash, Tomato, Salad mix
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli raab, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Chinese cabbage, Celery, Celeriac, Cauliflower, Collards, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips, Winter squash, Salad mix
Randalls are a triple purpose cattle (oxen, milk, beef) selected by the Randall family of Vermont, now classified as a rare breed. We raise these animals because of their moderate size, calm dispositions and ability to thrive on grass.
Suffolk are an endangered English breed of draft horse that maintain moderate stature and ample girth, having never been breed for war or fancy show. They are a beautiful chestnut color are very intelligent and have calm dispositions and are known to be easy keepers.
Our farm offers a variety of CSA share options from June-Oct end. Pick ups are at the farm Tuesday evening or in Rhinebeck, Thursday evenings. These shares are made up of 7-10 vegetables a week and reflect the variety of the season! Everything is picked the day of delivery when possible so uber fresh. If you want to change your diet to include more vegetables this is one of the best ways. Everything certified organic and grown by Little Seed Gardens. We send a weekly newsletter with recipes and farm news so you get to know us and learn a little about our perspective as farmers. We encourage an up front payment for the season but have flexible options for payment available upon request.
Our heritage Randall genetics produce beef that is tender and well marbled on the all-grass diet cattle evolved to thrive on.
We have 20 lb boxes of beef (- one sixteenth of a steer). The boxes contain mixed cuts. Because we sell in units, we can offer these shares at $12/lb or $240 a box. Boxes include a share of high and medium priced cuts as well as some ground beef and stew meat. We are happy to help you choose a mixed box that works for you over the phone or will show you some choices at the farm.
Holistic Resource Management
Willy and Claudia studied and have used the Holistic Management framework as the basis of their decision making since they began farming. They recently joined efforts with a regional group working with the Savory Institute. Willy is certified as an accredited Holistic Management teacher. They offer trainings and consulting as part of the Agrarian Learning Center.