We are very lucky to be farming on a beautiful piece of land with a rich history, surrounded by a strong and supportive community.
About the land
Langwater Farm is 80 acres total, about half woods and half fields. The property belongs to the Ames family of Easton. Part of the property was originally designed by landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted, the creator of Central Park. The beautiful farmland includes fields gently curving against woods, surrounded by stone walls, dirt roads snaking through the woods and fields and over small streams, all bordered by Langwater Pond on the west.
The Ames property has not been actively farmed for quite some time. But, back in its day, Langwater Farm was famous for its Guernsey cows and Clydesdale horses. Since then, the farm has been mowed for hay until the Ames family decided to seek a farmer to start a community farm for Easton. Working with a nonprofit called Land for Good, the Ameses collected proposals from farmers and chose Kevin, Rory, Alida, and Kate to be the new farmers in the summer of 2009. By fall of 2009, a lease was signed, and the four farmers incorporated as a business entity, Stone Soup LLC. 2010 marked the first growing season at Langwater Farm, named as a nod to the rich history of the land.
Langwater Farm today
Today, Langwater Farm grows a diverse mix of vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs, berries, and pumpkins. We grow all kinds of unusual and heirloom and unusual varieties, along with traditional favorites.
Our vegetables are grown under organic certification, using only certified organic growing practices. For the fruit orchard, we use IPM (integrated pest management) practices, a method involving lots of preventative care and monitoring and very careful decisions regarding the use of inputs, always choosing the least toxic alternative.