Grass + Grit Farm is run by James Walton, Maddie Morley, and Benjamin Roberts. We met while farming together in 2014 and quickly realized we had a shared vision for our farming future. We raise pastured pork, lamb, goat, eggs, and a variety of poultry, including chicken, duck, turkey, and guinea hen. You can buy our products through CSA shares and at farmers markets.
At Grass + Grit, we value diversity, collaboration, creativity, and transparency in how we farm and interact with our community. Our farm strives to balance the needs of our animals, the health of the land, and the profitability of our business. At the core of our values is an exemplary standard of animal welfare. We prioritize our animals’ need to express their natural instincts while protecting and improving the soil, water, and surrounding ecology of the farm. We believe that healthy animals + healthy farmers = healthy and delicious food.
Grass + Grit Farm is located in New Paltz, NY. Our farm was selected to participate in Glynwood's Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator, which provides the tools and resources aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs need to develop and manage viable farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley.
I was born and raised in Queens, NY. Nestled between the suburbs of Long Island and the concrete jungle of Manhattan, I never considered a life in agriculture. That was until a family member's health issues made me reflect on my own eating habits. It was then that I decided to venture out of the art world where I was working and into the natural world. Having been farming for three years, I have a new appreciation for what it means to support local farms, eat responsibly, and take good care of the land which gives back more than most people know.
I had little exposure to agriculture while growing up, but my commitment to animal welfare started at an early age. At 10 years old, I learned about the terrible conditions in industrialized livestock operations, and I swiftly decided that I would be a vegetarian. My vegetarianism lasted for 14 years until I became aware of a different kind of livestock farming: one where animals are raised in a thoughtful, humane, and environmentally sensitive way. I've been hooked on that style of farming and the amazing food it produces ever since.
I grew up with a bounty of fresh vegetables from my family’s garden, a robust raspberry patch, and an all around love for the outdoors and hard work. After spending the better part of my professional career in culinary arts and hospitality, I made the jump into farming in 2013. I’ve grown organic vegetables in Maine, raised pastured livestock right here in the Hudson Valley, and I am continuing my work as a grazing specialist for a local goat dairy and creamery as we get Grass + Grit Farm off the ground.
Here at Grass + Grit, we have carefully selected each species and breed that we raise. Each animal plays an integral role within a larger system, and these choices are critical in maintaining the health of our animals and the land we farm. With careful planning, we rotationally graze these different groups of animals to produce delicious meat and eggs while also improving soil fertility and pasture productivity.
We have specifically sought out breeds that are hardy and proven to thrive on pasture. Whenever possible, we raise heritage breeds that celebrate the rich farming history of the Hudson Valley. In many cases, our animals are considered “dual-purpose,” which means they can be raised for more than one product, such as sheep for wool and meat, or chickens for eggs and meat.
Roll over the photos below for more information on each animal.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. By signing up as one of our members, you will receive a share of our harvest. In purchasing a CSA share upfront, our members are investing in the farm - sharing in the risk and reward of all that Grass + Grit is producing this season. Not only does this relationship provide us with capital to cover expenses during the season, it also fosters a relationship between us (the farmers) and you (the consumer). We hope this relationship will help us make choices to better serve our community as we grow our business.
This summer, Grass + Grit will kick things off with an egg share beginning in July, but stay tuned for our all-inclusive meat + egg share which will launch this winter. We’ll have more details on the winter CSA in a few months, but we’re accepting sign ups for egg shares now!
Pro-rated shares available! Contact us for details.
One dozen pasture-raised eggs every other week
Early July through Thanksgiving
$77 per share (pro-rated shares available)
One egg share provides one dozen eggs every other week from early July through Thanksgiving for a total of 11 dozen eggs. Pro-rated shares still available! Contact us for details.
Our heritage-breed chickens enjoy continuous access to fresh pasture, a roomy mobile coop for shelter, and a supplemental diet of non-GMO grain. Their free-range diet and active lifestyle produce great-tasting, nutrient-dense eggs that can’t be found in your average grocery store!
Note: There is no limit to the number of shares you can buy. If your family is anything like us, and you go through more than two dozen eggs per month, we encourage you to sign up for more than one share! Our eggs last for at least six weeks in the fridge.
Big Little Farm Pick-UP
205 Hidden Valley Road
Kingston, NY 12401
Bija KIds pick-up
869 Wolcott Ave
Beacon, NY 12508
Caffe Macchiato pick-up
99 Liberty St
Newburgh, NY 12550
OBERCREEK Farm PICK-UP
Obercreek Farm Stand
81 New Hamburg Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
SIGN UP FOR An egg SHARE
Step One: Please fill out and submit our online sign-up form. This is where you'll select your pick-up location. More specific details about the share can also be found in the form.
Step Two: Please contact us to determine the price for your pro-rated share. Payment can be made by personal check or via PayPal. Please note you will be charged an additional 3.5% "tax" to cover PayPal transaction fees. Please make checks payable to "Grass + Grit Farm LLC" and mail to:
Grass + Grit Farm LLC
5 River Road, Apt 9
New Paltz, NY 12561
Step Three: Enjoy pasture-raised eggs from happy hens!
Winter Meat + Egg Share
You can find us at the Beacon Farmers' Market starting Sunday, September 4, 2016. We'll have an assortment of pastured, non-GMO meat and eggs.
Every other Sunday starting September 4
10am - 3pm
Red Flynn Drive
Beacon, NY 12508
(on the riverfront by the Metro-North train station)