My grandfather emigrated from Lithuania in 1914 and bought 130 acres
of farmland in Coventry a few years later. The land was farmed by my
family until 1946. Topmost Farm is situated on 20 acres of my
grandfather's original purchase.
The period saltbox (1749),
located on the farm, was bought from the State of Connecticut. Its
original location was on the property which became Gay City State
Park. We dismantled the house and reconstructed it on the farm with
the help of many friends.
Managing the farm in concert with nature, without the use of
pesticides or commercial fertilizers, is a way of life which
produces healthier crops and robust plants while enriching the soil
and provides a lesson in the interconnection of all life.
Compost is produced on the farm and used liberally in all the
gardens. The farm is biodynamically managed.
The soil is enriched with cover crop rotation, the addition of
compost, mulch, and encouraging beneficial insects and soil
microbial action. Predatory insects (ladybugs, nematodes, parasitic
wasps) are used as needed in the greenhouse. Fertilizers used in the
greenhouse are made from plant material such as nettles, horsetail,
comfrey, and chamomile.
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