Dig Acres

To better understand where our food comes from and how it’s grown, we leased a 12-acre farm in Orange County, New York. (In the vein of walking the talk, our resident farmer Larry Tse rocks an amazing beet tattoo.) Through a fortunate twist of geological fate, our farm lies on some of North America’s most…

Sun Sprout Farm

Sun Sprout Farm grows a large variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, cut flowers and plant-starts for customers in New York City, New York State, northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut. We are located in Chester, NY on New York’s famous and historic black dirt. Our products are available at summer and winter farmers’ markets and…

Rise & Root Farm

Rise & Root Farm is a 3-acre vegetable farm at the Chester Agricultural Center. We plan to grow our operation to 25 acres over the next few years. We are run cooperatively by an all-star team of four veteran urban farmers and community activists: Lorrie Clevenger, Jane Hodge, Karen Washington, and Michaela Hayes. Based in…

Into the Misty Sunrise Angelo Marcialis

Organic Farming

photo: copyright Angelo Marcialis Photography How is organic farming different from conventional farming? Organic farming refers to agricultural production systems that do not use genetically modified (GM) seed, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Some of the essential characteristics of organic systems include design and implementation of an organic system plan that describes the practices used in…

At the Ready by Angelo Marcialis

About Chester Agricultural Center

Chester Agricultural Center In 2014, a group of like-minded people came together with the mission to build an innovative model of organic farming. They started the Chester Agricultural Center with the goal of preserving Chester’s black dirt, converting it to organic growing practices, and providing affordable long-term leases to beginning-level farmers. In 2017 the CAC…