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Cultivating the Next Generation

Fullers Overlook is invested in cultivating the next generation of farmers.

The five-acre farm near Waverly contains a flourishing mixture of vegetables, flowers and herbs, along with organic grain-fed hogs and chickens. Each season, several apprentices visit the farm to learn how to harvest crops, care for livestock and manage a successful agricultural business. These lessons enable the students to begin their own farms. “We’re a non-profit dedicated to training apprentices to instill agricultural knowledge for future generations,” says farm Manager Liz Krug.

While the property was farmed for mixed produce, hay and livestock decades ago, Mort and Sue Fuller revitalized the area in 2014. They brought Mike Krug and Liz aboard as farm managers and implemented a “master plan” to deliver healthy products and agricultural education to Northeast PA. Since the beginning, Liz explains that the farm’s “master plan” ensures that food stays healthy and delicious.

Implementing regenerative soil practices is one key element of the master plan. By restoring and re-mineralizing soils, both run-off and erosion are reduced. As a result, crops stay healthy and the ecosystem strengthens. Additionally, livestock is fed certified organic grain and raised on a 50-acre, rotationally grazed pasture system. This ensures the animals get the nutrients they need. In the end, the healthy crops, meat and eggs are delivered to farmer’s markets, wholesale clients and the farm’s own Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Fullers Overlook emphasizes the importance of shopping locally to keep agricultural knowledge alive. When selling locally, farmers must be transparent about their growing practices because their customers are often neighbors and colleagues. Shopping local is also good for the economy. “When customers purchase food from Fullers Overlook Farm or other local producers, we are keeping money in the community instead of outsourcing agricultural jobs elsewhere,” Liz says.   

Liz believes farm-to-table dining is not just good for the community; it’s delicious, too! “Farm-to-table dinning allows the customer to taste the freshest food possible available in Northeast PA,” she says. “It also allows eaters to reconnect with what is available seasonally, including types and varieties of food that are not available in chain grocery stores.”

In the future, Fullers Overlook plans to develop two new initiatives: grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and a no-spray, chemical free orchard. They sell their goods at the Waverly Community House on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as at weekly farmer’s markets in Honesdale, Clarks Summit and Scranton.

From the start, Fullers Overlook upheld the principles of conservation, production and preservation. Above all, the farm aims to grow fresh food for the area, and to share that knowledge with generations to come. Visit www.fullersoverlook.org  –Megan Kane