Good Work Farm
Located on twenty acres in Zionsville PA, about four acres are in vegetable production each year to meet the needs of 100 full shares. Anton Shannon and Lisa Miskelly are committed to building and sustaining their soils and so every year they grow soil building cover crops on an area equal to their vegetable acreage. Draft power helps them reduce their fossil fuel inputs. To keep their work horse team in feed they currently have 12 acres in hay and pasture.
About the Farmer Lisa Miskelly
Lisa did not grow up on the farm. A political theory graduate and urban gardener Lisa gained her farm experience working on farms throughout the northeast. With seven years of working on farms under her belt Lisa was ready for farm ownership coming to Good Work Farm last year.
Lisa was drawn to farming by the concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). “I was interested in social justice and the therapeutic aspects of gardening. When I learned about CSA and saw the involvement from the community I realized there was a way to build community and make a living from farming.”
About the Farmer Anton Shannon
A Lehigh Valley native Anton came back to the valley after studying philosophy in college and apprenticing at Kimberton CSA. Farming at Kimberton, “I was instantly hooked. I fell in love with the craft, work, art, & business of farming.” Anton participated in The Seed Farm Incubator, a program which supports new farmers with training as well as access to equipment, land, infrastructure and mentoring during the first years of farm start up. “Here, with a lot of help, I was able to turn a dream of farming into a concrete business plan and eventually a Community Supported Agriculture farm: Good Work Farm.
What do you hope to learn with this project?
“We are interested in working with Penn State Extension on this project because we are committed to growing high quality vegetables and berries, and using practices which support the health of our soils, our farm, our products, and our customers. We are interested in collaborating with the Penn State Extension project team to learn about what management practices have been determined to be successful for growers and researchers.”
What do you hope to share by participating in this project?
“We are also interested in being a farm that is a gathering space for other growers to teach and learn about practices that we have each found to be successful on our farms, and to be a part of the resource and idea exchange present in our farming community.”
What do you think is important about working with new and next generation farmers?
“I want to see more farmland in this area growing food and increase the amount of local food available for our community.”
Founded in 2011, Good Work Farm feeds 125 families through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. Located on twenty acres in Zionsville PA, about four acres are in vegetable production each year to meet the needs of 100 full shares.