Owner, David Earling, grew up along the Delaware 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.
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!
Organic Farming is a philosophy and a practice of caring for the environment through farming techniques that ensure the health and well-being of the soil, plants and animals that are being raised and cared for. It is an intensive system of farming and marketing that takes time and commitment to future generations.
To be certified as organic, all organic farmers must keep records verifying their practices and products used. Gravity Hill Farm has always been farmed organically and was officially certified organic in the summer of 2008 by the state of New Jersey on behalf of the USDA.
For additional information about the Organic Rule, contact the USDA's National Organic Program at 202-720-3252 or visit www.ams.usda.gov/nop