Former NYC Farmer Opens Farm in Hudson Valley

March 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

Michael Grady Robertson of Grady's Farm

© Photo by Grady’s Farm. Michael Grady Robertson, founder of Grady’s Farm, tends to laying hens in a vintage-van-turned-chicken coop. Grady’s Farm is located in Red Hook in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Michael Grady Robertson, the former agriculture supervisor of Queens County Farm, has branched out on his own and opened a 62-acre farm in Red Hook in New York’s Hudson Valley. The newly opened farm — it’s but three months old — is offering a CSA egg share program this summer and a “meat and potatoes” CSA program next winter.

The eggs, according to Grady, are top-notch in quality.  Grady’s hens eat organic, non-GMO feed, forage on clean pastures, and drink clean water. And they have the hippest coop in all of chicken land — a vintage van that Grady bought not long ago. The mobile chicken coop, or rather “egg-creational vehicle,” nicknamed the Vagabond, provides a bright, roomy space for the hens to roost.

The eggs, which will go for $5 a dozen, or $2.50 a half-dozen, will be available starting in May for pick-up from the farm and at the Greenmarket in New York City.  “Farmer Michael,” as Grady likes to call himself, encourages CSA members in New York City to contact their CSA farmers if they’re interested in adding the eggs to their summer shares.

For the 2011 winter CSA program, Grady will team up with vegetable growers to add storage crops to the meat products he plans to provide. He is raising pigs and cows on strict grass and pasture diets.

The farm was named after Grady’s grandfather who once had a truck farm in Atlanta.  “We work and live in his spirit,” Grady writes in the farm’s brochure, “providing for our friends and family, nurturing our land and our communities, and acting so that our children and grandchildren may find the world bountiful and joyous.”

To find out more about the Grady’s Farm, click here.

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