Welcome to Over The Moon Farm!

Over the Moon Farm is a small, grass-based organic farm in the Ridge and Valley Province of Central Pennsylvania. We raise hay, rotationally-grazed dairy heifers, pastured chicken, turkeys and pigs. We also have a lovely little Cottage getaway at the farm and a beautiful barn available for group events.

Our meats are processed under USDA inspection by local butchers and marketed locally mostly as frozen cuts, direct to our customers in the State College area. Fresh chicken is available by pre-order on specific dates throughout the summer and fall. 

Click here to see a map of our area.



Our philosophy

Our farm is certified organic. We use only manures and lime on the soil and feed the animals (chickens, turkeys) either certified organic grains or (pigs) minerals and “natural” grains that are non-GMO and locally-raised and milled. Feeds do not contain “non-food additives” common in commercial feed (antibiotics, growth promoters such as arsenic, etc.). Animals are raised with access to the outdoors as much as possible given their ages, predator pressure and conditions of the pastures and weather cycle. The animals are humanely raised and safely processed at local butchers. You are welcome to visit our farm anytime and see all of this for yourself.

We recognize that it takes extra time and effort to find, buy and store locally produced, seasonally available food. However, with recent events in the world, the importance of building local food networks has never been greater. Consider the "quality" of industrial meats and other foods, food safety issues, chemical residues, our carbon footprint and food sovereignty. Now we hear that US chicken will be sent to China for processing and sent back for consumption here (1) and Chinese companies are buying Smithfield, the largest pork company in the world (2). Do YOU want your food coming from China??

The act of buying local food, besides providing you with the best, healthiest food on the planet, is assuring the survival of small farms and a thriving farm economy in your own neighborhood. Your food dollar is going almost 100% to support the local farm economy. Our daily farm operation pays the organic farmer that grows the grains we use, the suppliers of chicks, local store-keepers, hardware stores, farm supply and repair shops, our processors, our neighbors who sell us straw and hay - all local, small farmers and businesses. It's this simple: your vote with your dollar helps us all to keep a viable local economy! 

Farmers and eaters need each other to stay healthy physically and economically!

(1) Huffington Post article
(2) CNN Money article

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The farmers

Lyn Garling 

lyn@overthemoonfarm.com 

I was interested in farms, ranches and the natural world since childhood, although no one in our family farmed. It only took me 50 yrs to get my own farm! In college I studied biology, ecology, botany, zoology and a couple languages. My studies took me to Central and South America where I studied tropical ecology, leaf-cutter ants and observed various types of farming systems. At University of California in Santa Cruz I worked as the coordinator of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture for 8 years before coming to State College, PA. I began working for the Integrated Pest Management Program at Penn State University (see paipm.org) and also got involved with the newly formed Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA - see pasafarming.org). At PASA, I served as secretary for as long as they would have me. I also trained as an Independent Organic Inspector and conducted farm inspections for PA Certified Organic. During this time I realized that if I wanted to farm, NOW was the time. My joke was that the median age of farmers was 50 yrs anyway, so that was perfect! I rented some farmland for a couple years and then took the plunge to buy my own place. I have been farming at this site since 1998 while continuing to work at Penn State as part of the IPM Program. 

Patty Neiner 

I came to the farm in 2003 looking for a place to live. I fell in love with the farm and the animals. The location is very reminiscent of where I grew up in The Big Valley (Belleville, PA). At the time I moved here I was working as a Research Technician at Penn State and had recently graduated in Horticulture/Landscape Design. I began to learn the ways of the critters and that everything that is not in a flower bed is not necessarily a weed! I changed jobs and began working at Pennsylvania Certified Organic. I worked there for four years as a Certification Specialist and Organic Transition Specialist. Through the farmers and others I met during that time I learned a great deal about farming and the value of local food. I now work mainly on the farm tending to the animals and the land. In the winter months I have been working at PASA for the past three seasons as the Registration Associate for their annual Farming for the Future Conference.

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Distribution

All meats are only available locally in the greater State College area. Our distribution points are:

Spring, Summer, Fall 2014

Boalsburg Farmers Market at the PA Military Museum parking lot on Rt 322Business/Rt 45 in Boalsburg, PA. Starts Tuesday May 6, from 2-6PM

Tait Farm Foods located on 322 east, just outside State College. This is where you can pick up your FRESH chicken orders on some Fridays starting May 23.  To download the order form, click here

North Atherton Farmers Market at the Home Depot parking lot. Starts Saturday, May 10, from 10-2PM

See our Calendar for a list of dates and times we will be at the markets.

We are now on Facebook. Actually, our DOG, Macha, is on facebook. It's her job. Check out the new actvities on the farm!

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Need some time away from it all?

We have a small cottage on the farm you can stay in if you need a little vacation from the ordinary. Check out our Cottage Rental page for more details (and pictures!!)

What’s happening?

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Calendar

  • Boalsburg Farmers Market, NOW INSIDE
    Tuesdays, 2–6pm

** Please email us ahead of time if you want lots of specific items from to guarantee we will have the items you want.

Check our Calendar Page for more dates etc.

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Need a place for your next party extravaganza / wedding reception / day retreat / BBQ?

Well, look no further because we have a lovely barn in a lovely setting which is just waiting for you. The barn has an open first floor with a kitchen, bathroom and two covered porches, and an upstairs space with covered porch with spectacular views of our valley and mountains.

So check out our Barn Rental page to find out more and email us with questions and reservation details.

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Over The Moon Farm belongs to / supports the following organizations:

PA Association For Sustainable Agriculture (Lifetime membership)

Friends and Farmers Coop

Healthy Harvest CSA (collaborative relationship)

Tait Farm Foods
(collaborative relationship)

Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (YES!)

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Would you like to volunteer on the farm?

If you think you'd like to try your hand at mucking, digging, scything or anything else we need help with around the farm... just (click here to) give us a holler!

We can always use the help, and if we can't at the moment, we will let you know when we can!



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