Have you ever wanted to take a tour of an organic farm? And see how it's all done (without pesticides and chemical fertilizers)? Well here's your chance!
John Gorzynski of Gorzynski Ornery Farm is an expert farmer with extremely high standards for his crops who takes a great deal of care in his growing methods which are in his words, "Beyond Organic."
His lettuce is absolutely the best I've ever tasted and he's agreed to give us a 2-hour tour of his farm and show us how it's done! For Free!! It's absolutely phenomenal! I'm so excited!!
Here's a brief description about the farm from John:
"Our diverse farm produces over 500 varieties of vegetables over 100 varieties of fruit all selected for exceptional flavor. We were certified 'organic' for over 20 years by alternating certifiers; NFA,NOFA,OCIA, and Greenmarket. We choose not to be by the bogus USDAh definition. We continue to adhere to real organic standards far exceeding our governments.
Our farm generates it's own fertility derived from a crop rotation that favors more green manure and fallow than production. We compliment this fertility with ground rocks and fish, sea weed products when necessary.
We allow and encourage natures own ecological cycles to control reputed pests. Zone tillage minimizes disruptions of our living soil."
As we tour the farm, John will answer your questions and we can also discuss environmental issues as well as farming strategies.
I spoke with John Gorzynski and asked if we could bring more people and he agreed! So everyone who's currently on the waitlist will be able to come! Hooray!!
That will mean rental vehicles, since we'll have more people than will fit in the two cars.
We will be carpooling up to the farm. Currently we have 2 drivers with cars. (4 people in one car, 5 in the other) In addition, I've reserved 2 rental mini-vans, each holding 7 people. With the exception of the two drivers bring their cars, we'll all chip in for the price of the rentals as well as gas costs.
Of course, if there are still folks out there with cars who want to come, and haven't yet RSVP'd, please respond asap and say you've got a car. (That'll bring the per person cost down a bit, too.)
I'm now increasing the event limit and enabling the PayPal function. Please change your RSVP and submit your payment to secure your spot. I've estimated $15 each. If I've underestimated the cost of gas, please be ready to chip in a couple of bucks more. Thanks in advance.
It is approximately a 2-1/2 hour drive to the farm, so we will meet at the Uptown Fairway, which provides easy access to the highway. Please arrive by 9:45am so we can get into vehicles. We will leave promptly at 10am.
Please bring food for lunch. Although John said that as we walk around we can certainly pick some things and eat them, he is not set up with a farm stand or for purchases - so I cannot guarantee a lunch-sized portion of anything.
We can eat our lunch when we arrive and then will begin the tour at 1pm. Should you desire to pick up food at Fairway before we head out, it does have a well-stocked organic produce section. However, please arrive early enough to be finished checking out by 9:45am.
We should be back in the city around 6:30pm. Then everyone in the group is welcome to come back to my place for a potluck salad dinner. (If we happen to have picked enough - great, otherwise, Fairway again for the ingredients)
Again, if you have a car and would be willing to drive, please say so in your RSVP. (It'll pretty much guarantee you get a spot)
If you'd like to go and the event is already full, please RSVP no and write 'wait-list' in your response and if someone cancels, I'll move the next in line to a yes.
PS: Gorzynski Ornery Farm has a booth at the Union Square Market every Saturday. I highly recommend checking it out.
PPS: Here's a link to a brief article about John Gorzynski