Stoney Lane Organic Farm
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KAYLA BIERKER

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Kayla graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2017 with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture. She has always been passionate about ethical food and using agriculture as a way to regenerate the land and fight climate change. She is also passionate about healthy eating, eating seasonally, and supporting local farmers and businesses.

 
 
 
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ABBY TAYLOR

ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER

Abby grew up in a family of plant lovers and growers of all types. Her grandmother was a decorative florist and gardener, and uncle runs Rhoneymeade Tree farm, an arboretum and sculpture garden in State College. Her passion for plants and agriculture was born from these influences. She is also passionate about holistic health and wellness through diet.

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GROWING PRACTICES

More information on how we grow food at stoney lane

 
Parasitized Tomato Hornworms

Parasitized Tomato Hornworms

Companion Planting

Companion planting is an important facet of organic growing. This is the practice of orienting certain plants together to help support eachothers growth.

Examples of this are:

  • Tomatoes and basil help improve to each other’s flavor

  • Planting marigolds around brassicas to deter cabbage worms

  • Sunflowers around our lettuce plants provide natural shade that protect the delicate lettuce leaves

    Environmental Controls

    We are huge advocates of using all environmental and mechanical controls before any other intervention.

    Examples of this are:

  • companion planting to support beneficial insect populations

  • using physical traps for insect pests

  • decoys to deter large animals

Swiss Chard transplants with beautiful root structure!

Swiss Chard transplants with beautiful root structure!

Soil Health & Amendments

We are constantly working on amending our soil at Stoney Lane. We practice diligent crop rotation to restore the soil one field at a time. We also have integrated red clover into our crop rotation, as it is planted between all of our crop rows. We use this as a way to add nitrogen to the soil, as well as naturally suppress weeds and remove potential pest habitats.

We apply mushroom soil and compost to our fields at the end of the season to provide nutrients to be absorbed over the winter. This sets the stage for a productive field the following season.

2019 was a great year for Summer Squash!

2019 was a great year for Summer Squash!

Organic Methods

We take our organic integrity very seriously! Our staff is trained and up to date on the organic guidelines, and we are in transition to become certified organic.

Some organic methods we practice include:

  • Spraying crops with an insecticidal soap solution to deter foliar damage and minimize pest populations

  • Using all OMRI certified products

  • Diligent scouting of insect populations to set thresholds of damage, managing pest populations instead of eradication

  • Food grade Diatomaceous Earth to manage worm populations in cabbages and sweet corn

  • All certified organic seed (High Mowing is our primary seed company)