About Anthill Farm Agroforestry
Established in 2007, Anthill Farm is a 35 acre agroforestry operation nestled between the Pocono and Catskills Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Agroforestry blends annual production in alleyways between perennial rows; these systems are spatially designed for the greatest photosynthetic capture and maximum biodiversity production. This design mimics the most dynamic, active state of succession in natural systems.
Disturbance is a key component as the alleyways must be kept open to allow light to penetrate and ripen fruit; air must also flow freely to reduce pathogens. This can be achieved by grazing animals as in Silvopasture, or more often, by periodic mowing.
Drawing from permaculture and agroecology design principles, we utilize a 3 tier planting system which stacks production in these layers:
Overstory | Trees
Shrub | Bush
Groundcover | Herbaceous
This planting scheme simplifies complex natural systems, making them easier to design and manage.
Within our 3-tier perennial row planting system, we intercrop asian and european pears, apples, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, medicinal herbs, and insectary plants in various configurations.
In our alleyways we grow annuals including asparagus, melons, cabbage, winter squash, and CBD hemp.
We work closely with and sell the majority of our product through local food hubs, wholesale outlets, and farmers markets.
Our management practices support living systems using biological controls and other organic practices.
Our strategy of valuing food production and biodiversity on an equal level has yielded an explosion of life!
We offer our agroforestry bootcamp weekend course to explore the concepts, techniques, and practices used to establish these systems on your property and all over the world!!
Wildlife Restoration Plantings That Produce Biodiversity
Raising levels of biological activity on the planet
In addition to our food based plantings on Anthill Farm, we are employing agroforestry techniques in restoration plantings. We use our 3-tier planting system, replacing food production plants with beneficial wildlife species,
to create a dynamic new environment.
Plant species are evaluated based on:
Conservation Status (endangered, etc.)
We work with landowners, organizations, and businesses to turn empty fields and lots into explosions of life!