We say... bees first.
We are beekeepers, who in 2015, started a small organic farm, Patent Wall Farm. As we learned more about local farming we realized many of the young farmers in the area were not keeping bees on their farms and because we've been teaching beekeeping for years in the Hudson Valley of New York we've jumped right in to help them learn!
“Healthy bee. Healthy me.”
— Hudson valley bee
We think bees are the bell weather of good health on the farm. There was a time, not long ago, when farmers had their own honey bees and didn't have to hire a beekeeper to bring bees in to pollinate their crops. The modern use of insecticides and pesticides makes that impossible now. We'd like to be part of bringing honey bees back to the farm.
Patent Wall Farm gets it's name from the old stone walls that farmers built as property lines before deeds. Many of these walls still stand in the woods at our farm. We grew rye as a cover crop our first year as an homage to the Pierce family who in 1837, according to the first deed, grew rye at the farm.
of all fruits and vegetables are pollinated by honeybees
increase in sales of organic products since 2008
of the organic products were sold within a 100 miles
If you live near the farm and want to get involved to receive portions of each harvest, we accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.