Who We Are

About the Farm

Growing Heart Farm is dedicated to sustainable living and education in the New York City Region.  We deliver our CSA shares to NYC once a week from spring to fall.  The farm hosts frequent events and retreats and is conveniently located on the edge of the country within walking distance of the Harlem Valley Wingdale Metro North train station 75 miles north of the city.

We practice small scale sustainable agriculture using hand tools, solar power, spring water, and a wood heated greenhouse.  Learn about our hybrid flavor of farm life on our blog.  Join us and grow with us as we all re-learn to live in balance.

About the Farmer

Hilary Gifford joined Growing Heart Farm in the spring of 2013 as the resident farmer. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, went to Chicago to earn a degree from Northwestern University, then worked in online advertising for a few years in San Francisco before she began her farming career. Her introduction to sustainable farming was in Petaluma, CA with an internship emphasizing natural process agriculture. Thoroughly inspired, she went on to spend two seasons at a 1.5-acre biointensive garden for a fine dining restaurant in Napa, CA, followed by another season farming for a restaurant in Point Reyes Station, CA. Though she misses California, she is happy to be back East and is learning a ton from farming in this challenging climate. As an eager yoga student and an avid home cook, Hilary is happy to be a part of the farm-yoga-food experience at Growing Heart Farm.

 

Lewis Kofsky is is one of the founders of Growing Heart Farm where he focuses his energies on infrastructure, growing, and events.  He also works in NYC producing video games, films, and TV.  He is Stanford trained in design engineering and appropriate technology; holds permaculture design certification from NYC’s Center for Bioregional Living; trained at SUNY Ulster in edible forest gardens; is NABCEP certified; and was a Bioconstruindo (Bioconstruction) 2009 program participant.  His rooftop garden was featured in the Washington Post and Voice of America, and he is on the board of directors of the environmental non profit Ciclo Sustainable.



Abby Paloma
joined Growing Heart Farm in the midst of their first season. She loves growing real food and feeding her community with veggies and herbs grown from the heart. Abby Paloma is graduate from NYU with a self-designed BA in neuroscience and transformational psychology. She also is a certified OM yoga teacher, holds Reiki certification and practices a variety of complimentary healing modalities. A passionate teacher and healer, Abby, splits time between NYC and Pawling, NY where she is growing the thriving community around Growing Heart Farm through facilitating events, workshops and retreats. You can find Abby teaching yoga classes and workshops at VIRAYOGA and YoGanesh or nurturing the medicinal herb garden, concocting magical salves or making kale chips on the farm.