About the Farm

10645266_732274273506708_7574804837863129612_nThe Farm: Windy Ridge farm is a small scale, owner operated family farm located in the Berkshire foothills in Hawley, MA.  The farm was founded in 2009 by Julia Lemieux. We are certified organic with Baystate Organic Certifiers since 2013.  In 2024 we are celebrating our 15th year of growing on the land.

The Plants:  Windy Ridge Farm offers a full line of edible and medicinal vegetable and herb seedlings.  We grow all of our plants with integrity using only organic practices and are certified with Baystate Organic Certifiers.  We offer wholesale rates and will grow custom varieties for other small farms and businesses with advance notice.DSC_2305

The Produce:  The basis of our small local family food business lies in the desire to grow as much of our own family’s food as possible.  We share our own food cultivation, storage and preservation skills with our our customers.  This continues a timeless tradition of each generation sharing their food ways with the following generation. Keeping this process alive is an integral part of maintaining our food sovereignty moving into the future.

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Our farm strives to allow equitable access to fresh produce to people from all backgrounds.  We donate to South Community Food Pantry in Pittsfield.  We accept SNAP/HIP, WIC and Senior coupons at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer’s Market.  We also accept SNAP/HIP for our seedlings in the spring and offer free delivery in Western MA for SNAP customers.

We believe that the health benefits of freshly harvested and organically grown local img_0121.jpgproduce are immense and in an altogether different category than store bought produce.  Plant varieties that have been passed down through each generation are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Whenever possible we try to select heirloom varieties that perform well in our New England climate.  We save much of our own seed in an effort to provide true local food security to our area.  We have worked with and learned from many farmers and gardeners who share our passion for sustainable communities. 

From 2014 to 2023 Julia also managed a community garden program for the City of Pittsfield.  This program operates at seven garden and school sites throughout the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods of the city.  Julia is passionate about empowering others to reclaim their food sovereignty and grow their own food as an act of dismantling systems that are designed to keep families in poverty.   More information about this program can be found by following this link to their Facebook page.

13 thoughts on “About the Farm

  1. Hello!
    I am currently traveling with a friend in Central America, and just graduated from Weatern WA Univeristy in Bellingham, WA. My mom actually sent me a link to your farm page. She and my uncle run the West Stockbridge Public Market. I will be returning to the States at the end of March and sort of meandering until I find a place to land. If you still have any positions available- volunteer or otherwise- I’d be very interested!

    Thank you!

    Claire

  2. Hello!
    I am currently traveling with a friend in Central America, and just graduated from Western WA University in Bellingham, WA. My mom actually sent me a link to your farm page. She and my uncle run the West Stockbridge Public Market. I will be returning to the States at the end of March and sort of meandering until I find a place to land. If you still have any positions available- volunteer or otherwise- I’d be very interested!

    Thank you!

    Claire

  3. I just sent you a comment about trying to get your phone number. Better yet, can you email me directly or call me at 949-235-9984. I have trouble navigating all of this stuff on my phone. I’m not very technologically savvy. Thanks.

  4. Hi- I just got the blurb from Kiva that you were done with the mini loan. I was one of the participants, and I was so happy when you popped up again– I think on FB? Your farm looks wonderful– I wish we lived closer, I’d be buying everything! ( I’m in Canada) . SO much work, but it seems to be going well. I’ll keep following.
    Cheers

    Ellen

  5. Hi Julia,
    Any chance you’d be able to provide heirloom chrysanthemum starts? I’m trying to find any available that are certified organic, for our cut flower garden.
    Thanks!
    Jen

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