Agricultural Fields

After three years of allowing the field to remain fallow, in 2019 we began farming again on 5 acres of our 166-acre property. In 2020, we expanded to 10 acres under production, allowing us to expand our Pick-Your-Own CSA, continue to grow for local food pantries, Saratoga area restaurants and institutions, and to supply school districts in Saratoga Springs, Corinth, Galway, and Schuylerville with local produce under the State’s Farm to School program.

As the farm operation grows and evolves, we aim to test and use organic and sustainable practices as described below.

  • Cover Crops - Cover crops are one of our farmer’s favorite ways to add organic material to the soil. The cover crops grown in the past include sudangrass, buckwheat, field peas, oats, winter rye, and red clover. Cover crops discourage weed seeds from sprouting, which saves in labor and cultivation. Moreover, they fix nitrogen in the soil, conserve water, and build up the organic matter in the soil over time. They are a great tool for prepping a field for the future, and resting a field after it has been used. We use organic cover crop seed from Lakeview Organic Grain Company in Penn Yan, NY and Johnny’s Seed Company.
  • Organic Pest Control - We use only organic certified sprays in our field, and only when we have a pest issue. Inputs and fertilizers other than the compost made at the farm also all fall under organic standards.
  • No-Till Methods - Research has shown that tilling (either to remove weeds or break new ground) has a negative effect on the soil, destroying the vital microbes that improve soil quality. In 2020, we invested in farm implements that allowed us to decrease the amount of tillage for certain crops. This experiment requires us to scale-up a method which has primarily been used on home gardens and on smaller farms.

 

The Michael J Pitney Farm 5K Returns October 8th!

We are pleased to announce the running of the 2nd Michael Pitney Memorial 5k (8:00am) and Youth Fun Run (9:00am) at Pitney Meadows Community Farm in Saratoga Springs. The Youth...

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Jump Into Fall Festival Returns October 15th!

Jump Into Fall with Pitney Meadows and the Waldorf School Date:  October 15, 2022 Time:  10:00am to 3:00pm Where:  Pitney Meadows Community Farm 223 West Ave, Saratoga Springs Rain or...

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Guided Harvests: Open to the Public This Summer!

New to our program line-up this summer are Guided Harvests, a U-Pick experience open to the public & guided by a member of our Farm Crew. Get a taste of...

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Sign-up for Summer 2022 Youth Week-Long Programs Now!

Do you know any parents who are still looking for summer opportunities to keep their child active and engaged? Our 1/2 day, week-long drop off programs are here for you! This...

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The Michael J Pitney Farm 5K Returns October 8th!

We are pleased to announce the running of the 2nd Michael Pitney Memorial 5k (8:00am) and Youth Fun Run (9:00am) at Pitney Meadows Community Farm in Saratoga Springs. The Youth...

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Jump Into Fall Festival Returns October 15th!

Jump Into Fall with Pitney Meadows and the Waldorf School Date:  October 15, 2022 Time:  10:00am to 3:00pm Where:  Pitney Meadows Community Farm 223 West Ave, Saratoga Springs Rain or...

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