For a couple with less than a decade of experience as farm owners but more than a passing interest in cultivating a bountiful future in agriculture, sometimes even delicious produce has to be pulled up like weeds.
Success at Deirdre and Trey Flemming’s 10-acre Two Gander Farm in Downingtown is measured by return per square foot and the efficiency of wholesale delivery. If a vegetable doesn’t sell, they don’t grow it. If a crop is too labor intensive, you pick it yourself.
And if a delivery isn’t on the way, it’s not a stop, according to a Lancaster Farming report by Philip Gruber.
As a result, most of the 106 members who invest in Two Gander Farm’s community-supported agriculture program live within five miles, and the couple only ventures out to the Bryn Mawr Farmers Market and select restaurants.
The Flemmings already know how burnout feels, so the lease for Two Gander Farm was carefully negotiated with the Brandywine Conservancy.
“Our missions really do match really well,” Deirdre Flemming said, hinting that the couple may be ahead of a big trend.
“I think that’s the next big movement that’s going to happen,” Trey Flemming said, and a recent Penn State Extension workshop at the farm was a start in that direction.
Read more about the strategy behind Two Gander Farm in Lancaster Farming here.