At Hosta Hill, we’re not just fermenters, we’re farmers, too, and each year we get closer to our long-term goal of growing all our own ingredients in nearby fields here in the Berkshires. We call this our Field To Ferment Project.
In 2015, we purchased a vintage tractor, acquired the use of additional farmland, and grew more vegetables, garlic, soybeans and grains than ever before. We also earned two farming grants, the Harold Grinspoon Award and a Beginning Farmer Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, to help us expand our operation.
But our love of local agriculture doesn’t stop in our own fields. As members of Berkshire Grown and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), we’re also longtime supporters of other organic farmers in the region and we’re privileged to have worked closely with Abode Farms CSA, Alprilla Farm, Markristo Farm, Red Fire Farm, and Winter Moon Roots among others to source most of our ingredients.