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“Healing the planet through agriculture”

“Farmers Richard and Cecile Harrison are committed to local, humane, and environmentally sound practices. Through farming with organic and Biodynamic farming practices they feel that they can contribute to the earth’s well-being as well as to the health of their customers. Their children, Grace and Reese, are a great help with farm chores and at farmers markets. They enjoy having their own small plots in the garden, and their own animals to care for. ”


Cowberry Crossing

55 Wenzels Lane
Hudson, NY 12534, United States
Phone: 518-828-2682
Fax: 518-828-2682
Public Contact: Richard & Cecile Harrison
cowberrycrossingfarm@gmail.com
www.cowberrycrossingfarm.com



About Us

Cowberry Crossing Farm is located on fifty acres in Claverack, New York. The farmers, Richard & Cecile Harrison are committed to local, humane, sustainable farming and the farm is certified both organic and biodynamic. The small traditional family-run farm has a large and varied vegetable garden providing especially high quality produce for our customers. Animals found on the farm include chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, pigs, cows, horses, cats, bees, and Glory, the border collie. All are fed organic feed and spend their days roaming freely on the farm.

The many facets of Biodynamics can be experienced directly at Cowberry Crossing farm. Biodynamic agriculture was the first ecological farming system to arise in response to commercial fertilizers and specialized agriculture. It is the highest standard of organic and sustainable farming yielding maximum soil health. Optimum soil health fosters a healthier environment and more nutritious plants which of course lead to healthier animals and human beings.

Animals found on the farm include chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, pigs, cows, horses, cats, bees, and our latest addition, Glory – the border collie. The ideal Biodynamic farm should strive to be home to five primary farm animals: cows, sheep, chickens, horses, and pigs. Each of these amazing creatures make unique and vital contributions to the balance and health of the farm in terms of the way that they eat from the land, the nourishing of the soil from their manure, pest control, weed control, aeration of soil, and much more.

The bees also make so many special contributions to their surroundings. Perhaps one of the more noticeable benefits of keeping bees on the farm is the increase in produce yields due to their pollinating as they gather nectar and pollen.

Humane treatment dictates that the animals are able to live as closely as possible to their natural rhythms and instincts in a stress-free environment with the highest quality food we can offer. All the animals are pastured or free-roaming. Even the rabbits (this is not easy!). We wouldn’t dream of maiming an animal for convenience of production. Our cows have horns and tails, our sheep and pigs have tails, our chickens have beaks. All of the animals enjoy the calming influence associated with the companionship of their own kind. This is particularly important to raising stress-free herd animals. The young of all farm animal remain with their mothers until natural weaning occurs, starting their lives stress-free and with the best nutrition that nature intended. Sometimes different farm animals will intermix! The cats have been seen playing with the horses and snuggling with the lambs. Chicks and rabbits are also quite comfortable together.

In an effort to learn more about and care for the wildlife of the farm, we have encouraged the on-farm research of local biologists, Conrad and Claudia Vispo (founders of the Farmscape Ecology Program). To our surprise and delight, they have found two quite rare creatures living on the farm: the bronze copper butterfly and the leopard frog. Both of these species depend on the wet meadows habitat of the farm which, at first glance, many people consider somewhat useless.

Other wildlife spotted on the farm include deer, raccoon, coyote, the American bald eagle, opossum, squirrel, rabbit, fox, duck, turkey, red-tail hawks, owls, bats, fire flies, pheasant, bobcat, and countless varieties of bird. It is important to leave portions of farmland wild as homes for these creatures. While some wild animals can be an occasional nuisance to farming, they also can greatly contribute to a healthy farm organism. For example, wild animals keep the farm’s rodent and insect pest populations in check.

Certified Products

Crops

  • Vegetables

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Florence Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Leek
  • Onions
  • Pepper Capsicum
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes Red
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Herbs And Spices

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Nettle
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sorrel
  • Thyme
  • Legumes

  • Beans
  • Peas Green
  • Fodder And Grassland

  • Fodder Crops
  • Rough Grazing
  • Oil Crops

  • Sunflowers
  • Other Crops

  • Other Annual Crops

How We Sell Our Products

  • Farmers Markets

Farmers' Markets