Wild Ginger Farm
Organized by: Alyssa Wisehart
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
After apprenticing on farms for 9 years, I am embarking on a farm project in New York State. My path to this point has been long and circuitous. I’ve worked on CSA farms, Permaculture farms, Orchards, Vineyards, Plant nurseries, and Demonstration Gardens. I’ve farmed by moonlight, in the pouring rain, in intense heat, through the snow in bitter cold, and on perfect amazing lovely sunny days with a cool breeze. I’ve learned so much from farmers all over the country, and now I want to pass that knowledge on.
My farm partner and I are trying to buy a 25 acre parcel in central New York. It’s a beautiful piece of land with 2 open fields, a woodland, and a lovely cabin near the Adirondack mountains. We are planning to grow fruit, perennial vegetables, and a few specialty crops as well as edible, medicinal, heirloom and native plants as nursery stock.
Wild Ginger Farm will be centered around community, conservation, and education. We want to provide the resources to empower people to grow food for themselves by providing the necessary seeds, plants, and educational resources.
Educational opportunities at Wild Ginger will include workshops on topics such as heirloom seed saving, growing edible perennials, attracting beneficial insects, mushroom cultivation, plant propagation, pruning, botany for gardeners, and soil health. On site demonstration gardens will provide a stimulating and useful environment for workshops to take place. There will also be the development of a residential internship program designed for people interested in learning about plants and food production.
The idea is to provide plants and resources that are good for both people and the environment. Wild Ginger will support the expansion of local community garden spaces in order to make land more accessible to those who want to grow food, but don’t have the resources to purchase land. We will also provide a sliding scale rate for workshops and work exchange options for plant credit to make education and resources available to people with low income. Within 5 years there will also be a small sustainability library free and open to the public for onsite study during business hours.
Wild Ginger Farm will be financially sustained by sale of plants, income from workshops, sale of specialty crops, land lease, and through periodic fundraisers. Fundraisers will include events such as farm dinners, outdoor music events, cob oven pizza nights, cauldron soup nights, and art shows.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt. Thank you for supporting ours.
What is Wild Ginger? Asarum Canadense is a native woodland plant found throughout Eastern North America. It has intricately-veined heart-shaped leaves, humble red flowers that bloom close to the ground, and underground rhizomes that smell of spicy ginger. The rhizome can be used in cooking as a ginger substitute. They refuse to grow in pots and are happiest growing under trees where they tend to form dense colonies.