In the News!
Lyn is quoted in an article by Cara Aungst on page 12 called Changing the Way We Eat: Local Food Brings Healthy Eating Home.
OTMF appears again on page 28...
So check it out. There are a lot of great local food purveyors in our area worth supporting!
Welcome to our 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.
All meats are only available locally in the greater State College area. Our distribution points are:
State College Indoor Farmers Market -- in the State College municipal building at 243 S South Allen Street, Fridays starting Dec 13, 11:30 to 5pm through the end of April.
Spring, Summer, Fall 2014
North Atherton Farmers Market at the Home Depot parking lot. Starts Saturday, May 10, from 10-2PM
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
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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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!
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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.
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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Iif 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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- State College Indoor Farmers Market -- in the State College municipal building at 243 S South Allen Street, Fridays, 11:30 to 5pm.
Items we have here include:
All pork sausage varieties
Pork roasts (shoulder and loin)
Pork loin kebobs
Bacons (Canadian and regular)
Lard in pints for PIES and baking
Turkey soup fixings (half meat, half broth)
Ground beef (loose)
Meaty beef shanks (fabulous for stews and soups)
Boneless chuck roast
Beef hot dogs
Beef sausages (hot & mild)
** Please email us if you want lots of specific items from our list as we only have coolers at this venue.
- Chicken Days – click here to get your order form for your freshly processed chickens. Delivery once a month to Tait Farm on Rt 322 starting Friday, May 23
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Over The Moon Farm belongs to / supports the following organizations:
PA Association For Sustainable Agriculture (Lifetime membership)
Healthy Harvest CSA (collaborative relationship)
Tait Farm Foods