Owner, David Earling, grew up along the river, in Titusville, New Jersey, with farmers as neighbors and friends. He went off to NYC to find fame and fortune and then returned home with his own family to start Gravity Hill Farm. The name is for the famous section of Pleasant Valley Road where nature defies gravity and pulls your stalled car UP the road! Read about Gravity Hill here.
Like other teens in the area, David thought it was "way cool" and always took his dates to experience the phenomenon, including future wife and farm co-owner, Maria Nicolo. Now they both think it's "way cool" to have their farm defying gravity and can't wait til their kids grow up to appreciate the wonder of it all.
Amy Elisabeth Scott is taking over as solo manager at Gravity Hill after co-managing here for the last two years. She has fallen for this area and community and is ever more committed to growing delicious, healthy vegetables, as well as helping build and support the local sustainable farming community.
She arrived in Titusville, NJ after farming in Santa Rosa, CA and Cold Spring, NY. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, she went through the Master Gardener program and quickly realized that she would be happiest growing food full time. That realization continues to stand the test of time.
Before the industrialization of farming started in the 1940s, all farming was essentially "organic" and farms were local and family-run. Consumers knew where their food came from and who grew it. Our farm is built on those traditions and we designed the buildings to honor those customs: barns of red clapboard and white trim and split wood fences dividing growing fields from grazing pastures. Only when you look at the roof do you see the solar panels generating electricity.
For us, the animals on our farm are a way to establish a pace of life that values time differently, that teaches care and responsibility and simple joys. Plus, now that our kids are in school, we have lots of ready-made science projects!