WHO WE ARE
The Lo Farm is a small organic vegetable farm located in New Paltz, New York, and is owned and operated by Leah Munsey and Orlando Diaz. Beginning in the Spring of 2020, we will grow a diverse variety of nutrient-dense produce using organic farming methods for a Farm Card style CSA, farmers markets, and local restaurants.
Orlando, who grew up in New York, and Leah, who grew up in Arkansas, met in Montana in 2012 when we were both volunteering for Americorps doing trail work in the Northern Rockies. Our combined experience and interests in gardening and food politics led us to start interning on a small organic farm in Montana, and right away we were hooked.
We moved to New York in 2013 and continued to keep our hands in the dirt. Our path eventually led us to management positions on an 80-acre organic vegetable CSA farm on Long Island for several years. The more we farmed, the more we continued to fall in love with the process of planting seeds, watching and nurturing them to grow, and feeding our family, friends, and community.
During those years, it was always our dream to move to the Hudson Valley, be closer to family, and start our own farm. We made the move in 2019, and spent the 2019 season working on an organic vegetable farm outside of Hudson, as we continued to search for the perfect spot to set root and establish our own farm. The timing could not have been more perfect for our path to cross with that of the Taliaferro family in New Paltz, NY.
THE LAND THAT WE FARM
Just as crops rotate, so do generations of farmers. Taliaferro Farms was established by Sylvester and Robin Taliaferro in 1995, and for more than 20 years has been a cornerstone for organic produce in the area, providing harvest for local restaurants as well as for individual families directly through CSA shares, local farmers markets, and from their store located on the farm itself. After decades of hard work, they are now ready to support the next generation of farmers and lease their land to The Lo Farm. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of this rich and fertile farmland.
We have such enormous gratitude for Sylvester and Robin, and for all small-scale growers who have worked tirelessly to set the stage and educate their communities about the importance of investing in your health and your food by supporting your local farmers. And last but not least, we are also profoundly grateful for the community who, at the core of everything, are our partners in this ever growing life of farming.