QUARRY BROOK FARMS Sherburne, NY
Quarry Brook Farms is a small, organic, family farm in the lovely rolling hills of central New York State. We raise grass fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and poultry, and all kinds of produce on about 400 acres.
Farm History/ Herstory:
The farm is currently managed by Adam and Kelly Perrin but it got its start long before they were even born. In the 1960's Adam's grandfather, William, moved his family away from the bustle of Westchester, NY. He was a Lieutenant with the NY State Police and he chose to resettle on a small farm in Sherburne due to some family connections here. The Perrin family loved the freedom and space offered by the farm and quickly started gardening and raising small livestock. The oldest son, Steve, was especially taken with the farm and experimented with all sorts of agricultural projects while he completed high school.
After graduating from high school and college, Steve joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Tibet and India, where he learned about and assisted with indigenous agricultural methods in those regions. He returned from the Peace Corps, married Lee (a life-long area resident and the granddaughter of a local poultry farmer), obtained a job teaching, and settled down on another small farm adjoining his parents' land.
Steve and Lee have both been life-long teachers and educators but they have always raised a lot of their own food in their spare time. Steve's service in the Peace Corps and Lee's upbringing near farms led them both to believe that chemical-dependent farming methods were not the best idea for their family's health or the health of their land.
Adam and his brother, Luke were fortunate to grow up on the land and they both helped out with farm chores from the beginning. Lee can tell you a story about Steve taking Adam to the barn and making him a play-pen out of hay bales so Steve could complete chores. They raised a little bit of everything over the years; beef, lamb, eggs, pork, produce. Adam was especially fond of the cattle and held a keen interest in the farm; even while away to college, he returned home nearly every weekend to help out.
Adam attended Cornell University and received a degree in Natural Resources. He started working for Onondaga Soil and Water Conservation District right after graduation. He was still going home on weekends to help with the farm and slowly increasing it's scale. In 2007, the farm became a full-time job for Adam and he stepped away from his job with Soil and Water. He brought sheep and pigs back to the farm and started to get serious about improving the cow herd. He wanted the farm to be pasture-based to he looked for sheep and cattle that would perform well on grass alone.
Adam and Kelly met at an organic farming conference in 2009, when they happened to sit at the same table for dinner. At the time, Kelly was working for a small produce farm in her hometown in western New York State. They kept in touch over the next year while Kelly completed her promised term of service to that farm and she then moved to Sherburne in 2010. The farm's first CSA season also started in 2010 with 4 families and now has around 25 families on average. Kelly started farming full time in 2013 after the birth of their son, Silas. Adam and Kelly are enjoying the opportunity to raise another generation on this land while they navigate the triumphs and trials that accompany returning to the land for a living. Steve and Lee continue to contribute to the legacy of the farm by helping out wherever and whenever they are able, from babysitting to baling hay.
The farm is an amazing little piece of central New York. It is primarily a side-hill and hill-top farm meaning very little of the farm is truly till-able. Should we plow down the grassy fields to grow row crops, our top soil would quickly end up in the many streams on the farm. Therefore, we are a pasture-based, grazing, and silvopasture farm. It makes more sense for our land for us to graze livestock over its grasses than for us to grow annual crops. In this way we choose to work with nature on this little piece of earth we have been given to tend.
The farm has a variety of woodland, grassland, and wetland habitats and is home to a large variety of wildlife as well as the farm livestock. Bobolinks and turkeys nest in the hay fields, foxes have kits on an orchard hillside (they have never harmed a single chicken!), and salamanders, frogs, and newts live out their amphibious little lives in the ponds, streams, and woods. We believe that sustainable and ecosystem-friendly farming factors in the lives of the animals that were there before us and allows them to persist.
Thank you for visiting and for your support. We couldn't do it without you.