Why MANY FORKS?

MANY FORKS is a hand-tended farm and we use a lot of different kinds of forks! Spade forks, manure forks, mulch forks, potato forks, cultivating forks, and of course, our precious BROADFORKS – the key to keeping the soil in good shape in a low-till, hand-scale farm.

MANY FORKS hopes that there will be many forks used at tables enjoying our produce. Dig in with those forks (or hands)! The farm reserves 20% of its CSA farm shares for reduced-price shares in cooperation with Hoosac Harvest, Berkshire Grown’s Share the Bounty program, and individuals. We also accept SNAP & HIP for CSA and Farmers’ Market payments.

MANY FORKS is also a good description of farmer, Sharon Wyrrick, and the many courses of her farming life. She started growing vegetables when she was in her early 20’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she grew up. Even though her career intentions were in the arts at that time, she often let her gardening take over what she was supposed to be doing in her artistic pursuits. She was obsessively captivated by learning to grow food plants, how to grow them in small spaces, and creating aesthetically beautiful vegetable gardens and edible landscaping.

The next fork was a joining of artistic pursuits and her agricultural interests while living rurally in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Living in Rappahannock County, Virginia and tending her homestead food garden, she got to know many farmers – and about their hopes and struggles –  while working on projects joining the agricultural community with the larger community.

She moved to Massachusetts in 2000 and began preparation for her farming fork.  She took  courses at the University of Massachusetts and many workshops in organic vegetable growing, while reading incessantly about small farming and innovative approaches to growing food. She made a community film document, Place of Stones,  that included interviews of many small farmers in the Northern Berkshires of Massachusetts. Then, she took on a final stint in the arts with a year-long teaching position at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to save funds to start her own farm. Many Forks Farm started as a market garden on 2 acres of leased land with 1/2 acre in production in 2012. Now, with the farm in its 9th season, there is a CSA, farmers markets, and heirloom seedling sales with 2 acres in production on 7.5 acres – same site, but with a farm purchase in 2015.

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Here we are in 2020: As long as I am able to farm, I will be involved in a continuous process of learning to grow healthier, more nutritious food, and develop the farm as a community resource for growing healthy food — for the long-term, beyond my own farming, until I pass along this fork.

All of you using forks – help me make this possible by helping our local farming community thrive. All it takes is using your many forks.