Homecoming Organic Farm

GirlHoldingFlowersHomecoming Farm stresses organic farming practices that care for the soil that grows the food that nourishes our bodies, the air we breathe and the water that we drink.  Growing organic vegetables in our community enables people to connect to the Earth in a powerful way, understanding that how we care for the Earth has a direct impact on the quality of life for ourselves and generations to follow.

Emphasizing the merits of local food leads to the understanding of the value of creating and supporting local economies.

Through partnerships with organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, we believe we enhance the quality of life for our members as well as others on Long Island while creating Sustainable Communities. We have been supported in these efforts by Nubian Heritage, Whole Foods, Arizona Iced Tea, The Sands Hotel, Dependable Hydraulics and other local companies.

PeopleFarmingThe Sisters of St. Dominic donate the use of their land for Homecoming Farm. Three and a half acres are certified for organic vegetable, flower and herb production.  Membership in the farm provides a share in the produce grown and also allows members to participate in the production of food for others including the most hungry in our community.  Payment in advance of the season insures that members share in the risk and reward of organic farming while also enabling them to understand first hand the fluidity of life which can include abundance, perfect growing conditions as well as pests, blight and weather patterns beyond our control.  With only 2% of Americans actually producing food for the other 98%, people are increasingly separated from the source of their food and from understanding the vital relationship connecting people, food, soil and health. This understanding of life’s vagaries at the farm spills over into other areas of our life.  We learn to be flexible, grateful, patient and open to life’s mysteries.  Growing food together is a gift…not a chore.

It is impossible to contemplate the life of the soil for very long without seeing it analogous to the life of the spirit.

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America 1977.