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Greener Pastures Farm & Greenhouses

by Veronica Seymour / Edited by Rachel Heitzenrater - May 3, 2022

Nestled up on Armenia Mountain is Greener Pastures Farm and greenhouses, a local business that is committed to bringing farm-to-table ideas and top quality food to local people.

Nicole Carman Harris, owner, operator and CEO, worked as a horticulture teacher in Williamsport for several years.

Eventually, the two-hour commute was a lot for a growing family. Her husband, Steve, told her to do what she needed to do to make her dream a reality.
“In August 2014, we bought 56 acres of land on Armenia Mountain, which borders 3,000+ acres of DCNR State Forest land,” said Harris.

Today, eight years later, they have three greenhouses (hoping for a fourth), a farm stand, a sugar shack, goats, chickens, a donkey and pigs oh my!

They also have a small herd of Boer goats.

“We are raising them to be brush-eating machines for the overgrown fields on The Douglas Place. After the Boer meat goats munch the weeds and brush in the field, then we send the pigs in to rototill the land, naturally. Our grass fed beef are a result of greener pastures. Animals deserve fresh air and room to roam,” said Harris.

They also have other livestock roaming around the land and their two children to help them take care of all the animals.

“We are dedicated to raising livestock that is pasture-based—along with plenty of fresh water and air. We are also striving to raise common sense kids–right alongside our plants and animals! We claim our main farm crop is our kids and anything else is a bonus!” says Harris.

“I’ve always wanted to be a farmer. I admired my Grandpa Lewis Seeley for being a farmer his entire life, and ever since I was little, I wanted to be just like him. I grew up around the Milky Way, my family’s sustainable dairy farm and jug milk operation and learned a little about everything on family farming and business. I’ve always said that I’m the jack-of-all-trades and the master-of-none,” said Harris.

“And now that dream is coming true. We are raising food for our family and friends. We are raising our kids around plants and animals. Thank goodness for a husband that’s a lot like my dad and grandpa! He can fix just about anything and has the manpower needed on this farm.”

Along with the land on Armenia Mountain is 46 acres of farmland in East Smithfield are where some of Greener Pastures’ growing crops are. The field corn has no pesticides or GMOs. They also grow hay and pumpkins in this area.

The farm sells annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and medicinal plants (sustainably raised) directly to customers at farms. They are true farm-to-table.

“We don’t use pesticides on our plants, opting for beneficial insects and other biocontrols like nematodes. From container pots, to herb gardens, and bedding plants, using locally-grown plants grown without pesticides is good for your garden, your family and your health,” said Harris.

Harris noted she partners with local artisans, such as Maple Hollow Products and Dirt Road Herbals, who use certain medicinal plants in the making of their products.

Greener Pastures also partners with other local artisans such as Backroads Creamery Cheese, Sadie Allens’ art cards, unique Untamed Art metal sculptures, Slipping Down Farms honey and engraved stones from Troy Marble and Granite.

Greener Pastures also offers a variety of educational workshops with a farm-to- table meal, as well as topics ranging from homesteading, art and sustainability.

They have yoga in the High Tunnel greenhouse every Friday morning at 9 a.m.

The farm stand is stocked with their own maple syrup, free-range eggs, pastured whole chickens, grass fed beef and pork cuts fed organic.

The farm is open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Greener Pastures is located at 177 Douglas Road, Troy, PA, telephone: 570-337-0815, visiting their website at www.greenerpasturesfarm.net or find them on Facebook.

Please check out the Douglas Place (their Air B&B) on this website www.vrbo.com/727473 or Contact Us for availability.

Spring 2022 Plant List PDF available here.

Credits:

Videography: Ethan Chabala
Video Editing: Ethan Chabala
Writing: Veronica Seymour / Edited by Rachel Heitzenrater
Correspondent: Veronica Seymour

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