Lure of the Land
A fresh crop of gentleman (and woman) farmers with a shared passion for connecting with the land is sprouting up around Connecticut
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≈ MAYWOOD FARM ≈
LAND OF PLENTY The quest to be a good steward of the land and preserve the agricultural roots of the area prompted the 1980s purchase of acreage adjacent to this NYC financier’s weekend getaway. And property manager Greg Bollard makes that his priority in every project at the farm. “We regularly employ biorational controls encouraging nature’s predators to live near what we grow. We even use beneficial insects in our greenhouse for our crop management,” he explains. “We try to coexist with as many beneficial things in nature as possible to get to our end product [from honey and maple syrup to peaches and wine].” Produce is treated with all-organic pesticides, and Greg follows many NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association)-approved methodologies. Ever the good neighbor, Maywood participates in the “Plow to Plate” initiative at New Milford Hospital, which sources locally whenever possible. Much of the 1,000-acre property is woodlands, which provide lumber for barrels (made by a Pennsylvania cooperage) for the wine. Nothing is sold on site here; however, this gentleman farmer also owns the Bridgewater Village Store, where you’ll find everything made or harvested at Maywood Farm, except the wine. You’ll have to leave town to buy that, since Bridgewater is a dry town.