Welcome to New Mercies Farm
New Mercies Farm is a 5 acre certified organic farm nestled in the quiet countryside of the Connecticut River Valley in Lyme, CT just 13 mins from exit 70 off I95. We grow a diverse array of nutrient dense heirloom fruits, vegetables and heritage chickens on the tenants of holistic stewardship, permaculture design and community building. We offer our produce through our CSA membership, farmer's markets and specialty grocers. Please click the "About Us" tab above for more details. We welcome visitors anytime and hope to bring our love for food and agriculture closer to your home in the years to come.
Our Commitment to Nutrient Dense Food
The quality of food produced in the United States (organically grown food included) has seen a consistent decline over the last 50 years (Davis D, JACN Dec 2004). This is the result of an over emphasis on the inputs of macronutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) and the lack of attention given to the micronutrients (Boron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc to name just a few) in the soil. These same micronutrients are responsible for the health benefits provided by the food we eat as well as the quality of taste also known as the Bionutrient Density of food. A lot of you are reminded by the way food “used to taste” when you eat produce from New Mercies Farm. That’s because along time ago our soils were rich in these micronutrients. New Mercies Farm understands that the quality of the food produced on this farm is dependent on the quality of our soil, which is why it is part of our mission! For more information on our farming practices and Bionutrient Density please click here.
How New Mercies Farm came to be
In November of 2011 a fire destroyed the home at 256 Beaver Brook Road in Lyme Connecticut. A true loss to the the town of Lyme as parts of the house dated pre Revolutionary War. When the owner decided not to rebuild, the land came onto the market. In 2012 the land was purchased by Dr. Rodney and Deborah Hornbake of Hadlyme, CT and a commitment made to the Town of Lyme that the land would be restored to its agricultural past. The Hornbakes duly went to work rehabilitating the land and structures and in December of 2012 hired Michael Melillo of North Haven, CT as the primary steward. A fourth generation farmer (actually farming skipped his parents generation), Michael brings 13 years of organic/bio-dynamic/permaculture experience to New Merices Farm.
The Mission of New Mercies Farm
- Preserve a unique parcel of land for agricultural use.
- Provide the community with a sustainable source of local, organically produced bionutrient dense food.
- Create an opportunity for a young organic farmer to make a living in his/her chosen profession.
In keeping with the mission of providing sustainably farmed produce to the local community, we will be offering 50 CSA shares for the coming 2014 season. Please visit the CSA Information Page for more details and how to reserve your membership with us this season. In addition to our CSA offerings we will be selling produce at the Ashlawn Coffe Farmer's Market begining June 1, 2014. Click here for complete listing of where our products are sold.
Accomplishments for the farm - 2012
- Clear brush and diseased or damaged trees
- Soil testing and correction of mineral deficiencies. (more than 8000 pounds of mined minerals applied to the land)
- Rehabilitation of the storage building on the property and restoration of electrical service
- Composting of leaves and chipped brush and tree limbs
- Over-seeding with clover and perennial rye
- Regular mowing to add organic matter to the soil
- High volume well drilled to provide for drip irrigation
- Small scale sales of specialty crops from the gardens in Hadlyme (see Photo Gallery)
Accomplishments for the farm - 2013
- Constructed a heated greenhouse for seed propagation (pictured above)
- Created a crop field plan
- Started >10,000 seedlings in the greenhouse
- Constructed a mobile chicken tractor
- Raised 68 laying hens for egg production
- Achieved USDA Organic certification
- Started renovation of onsite housing for the farm manager
- Develop a CSA (completely subscribed on 5/18/13)
- Hired an Intern and other farm workers
- Completed renovations for onsite housing for the farm manager
- Sold lots and lots of vegetables at the Lyme Farmers Market
- Built distribution channels with local restaurants and retailers
- Erected this solar heated 30' by 96' greenhouse and achieved 4 season crop production. The picture below was taken in late November. CSA members received just picked vegetables on December 23.
Plans for the farm - 2014
- Erect the second 30' by 96' hoophouse
- Expand crop production
- Expand CSA membership size
- Expand restaurant and market sales
- Continue to strenghthen the local foodshed (like the watershed) with the amazing support of an amazing community
News from the Farm
- Farmstand by reservation March 7, 2014
- By Reservation Only February 27, 2014
- Foretaste of Spring - a special recipe February 22, 2014
- Photo(s) added: Shakshuka February 22, 2014
- New Mercies Farm CSA Sign ups Begin Feb 10! February 4, 2014
- Bionutrient Density of Food February 4, 2014
- Bionutrient Density of Food January 31, 2014
- Time to Sign Up for New Mercies Farm January 28, 2014
- CSA Information Page January 27, 2014
- CSA FAQ January 27, 2014