Nancy Grove is frequently asked why her farm is named Old Path Farm. “I chose that name because I am excited to remember the wisdom of old traditionsâ€”both in farming and in community life.” Now entering her 9th season, Nancy and her two LLC partners attribute the success of their 80-member veggie CSA to the many helping hands who have given abundantly to the farm over the years. This is the Old Pathâ€” the path where needs are met, not by purchasing the latest technologies or innovative products, but through the interdependence and generosity of local people. Nancy’s “Land-Father” has charged her with keeping alive the lineage of farmer-stewards on this quiet hillside in upstate NY. To this end, she is furthering her commitment to the long-term health and well-being of her place by broadening the mission of the farm to include permaculture principles, gardening workshops, a Land Trust, anti-hydrofracking efforts and nature immersion for children. She feels that traveling this path, in this place, is her destiny. $100,000 worth of college education almost landed her instead in a career as a clinical psychologistâ€”Phew! That was a close call. This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.
“When I was born in the 1980s, there was an active, successful, and thriving dairy farm every quarter mile on every road… Now, there’s one.” [5:40]
— Nancy Grove on Greenhorn Radio