Schenk Homestead Farm is a small, diversified farmstead focusing on growing vegetables with biodynamic practices. In the 2022 season we will be selling our vegetables at the Saturday, Geneva Farmers Market, at the New York State Welcome Center from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm and the Brighton Farmers Market, at the Brighton High School parking lot, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Our produce can also be found on the menus of restaurants throughout the Finger Lakes and in area farm stands and grocery stores, including Joseph's Wayside Market.
Schenk Homestead Farm’s mission is to make sure our farm improves the soil on our property, provides pollinator habitat, and uses water responsibly. Along with our environmental goals, we also aim to produce nutrient dense food for our community of Naples, NY and beyond in the Finger Lakes. Because of this mission, we never use chemical herbicides or pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. EVER! We feel a sense of obligation to preserve our beautiful and proud agricultural community for future generations which means always prioritizing our environment that provides these bountiful ecosystem services; including the food we eat. In practice, this includes using limited or no-tilling practices, integrated pest management strategies, cover cropping our fields to improve soil health and prevent erosion, and planting diverse local variety crops. We also promote living soil health by not using any petroleum based fertilizers and instead focus on feeding soil microorganisms through compost teas and applying a compost mix to all our garden beds.
We chose to incorporate “Homestead” in our farm name to further emphasize our agricultural principles. By definition, homestead, refers to the subsistence based lifestyle that ties our interests as humans with those of the whole biotic community. Most people’s view of the environment separates human society from nature, whereas at Schenk Homestead Farm we view ourselves as part of the part of the ecosystem. In keeping true to our homestead name, we go the added distance to can and use other food preservation efforts to assure we are able to sustain our dietary needs in the winter months from the food we grow and raise.
Schenk Homestead Farm hopes to reduce our impact on the environment and minimize our contribution to climate change by including a 11,000 kW solar energy system on our property, minimizing use of irrigation, and use green manures and compost and compost teas on our fields.