French Creek Organic Cider Orchard
FCOCO is the new venture of Dale and Basel Frens, a father-son team with deep roots in apple growing. Before the trees were planted in 2018, they prepared the soil on Lundale’s Lookout Fields through organic means, including cover crops and wildflowers to attract bees for fruit pollination. They have since planted over 2,200 apple trees. Their organic hard cider will be worth the wait!
7-acre Kneehigh Farm is owned by Farmer Emma Cunniff. Now in its fifth year at Lundale Farm, Kneehigh produces over 100 varieties of chemical-free fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers for its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), the Swarthmore Farmers’ Market, and local restaurants. Her farm store also stocks organic and sustainably raised micro greens, mushrooms, cheeses, and eggs from other like-minded local farmers.
Tom Olszanowski has been farming in Chester County with his family for decades. This season, he’ll be growing soybeans that will be used in the feed for the pigs of Lundale’s Pasture Song Farm, and other grains for local livestock feed.
Farmers Clara Osborne and Jeremy Dunphy produce forage-grazed pork and nutritious crops for their hogs on more than 45 acres of loamy, rolling land at Lundale Farm. Pasture Song primarily raises Berkshire and Berkshire-Cross pigs, known for their superior meat that is tender, succulent, darker in color, and heavily marbled. They also have pastured chicken available. Their meats are available at the Seven Stars Dairy farm store, Downingtown and Media Farmers Markets, and through their Meat CSA in partnership with Seven Stars Dairy.
True Leaf moved to Lundale Farm in June 2013. Farmer Eric Franks grows unique varieties of micro greens year round. Chefs at fine restaurants across the Philadelphia region prize True Leaf’s products for their exceptional freshness and flavor. New, Eric’s greens can be purchased at Kimberton Whole Foods, Kneehigh Farm’s stand, and through a contactless pick up in Phoenixville at The Culture Factory.
Farmer Austin Unruh designed, installed, and now manages a 3 acre riparian buffer along the creekside banks of the Beaver Run. The native trees and bushes will serve as a buffer to the stream, and the high-value perennial crops will allow him to start his farming enterprise.
Experienced farmer, Aaron de Long, is embarking in a new endeavor, stewarding Stand 6 of our Lundale Forest, managing native plants and possibly cultivating them for use by a local herbalist. Plants of interest include goldenseal and black cohosh, among others.