“Lady Moon Farms started in 1988 with 5 tillable acres and a dream”. Owner Tom Beddard had a dream to change the world by growing his own food and creating a healthy environment for his family. It was important to Tom that the food he grew was free of dangerous chemicals because he wanted his children to grow up strong and healthy. That dream became a reality and Lady Moon Farms has become the largest producer of organic produce on the East Coast. The farm is locally located in Chambersburg, PA but has now expanded operation to Florida and Georgia. The expansion has allowed Lady Moon Farms to grow their Certified USDA Organic produce year-round.
In their day to day operations, Lady Moon Farms practices sustainability by considering both the environment, their employees and the greater community. They make it a priority to both build a better ecosystem for their crops while having a social responsibility to their employees and the community. Over 90% of Lady Moon Farm’s workers are employed year round and have a fair hourly wage pay with annual pay raises. “From the beginning we believed that social justice was just as important as soil health and to that end has been on the cutting edge of refining the life of the migrant farm worker”. To give back to the community they also donate millions of pounds of produce to local food banks.
Lady Moon Farms has worked on many environmental projects like improving biodiversity and soil health, reducing waste, utilizing renewable energy and being a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. “At Lady Moon Farms we incorporate many different practices with a promise to put more into the soil than what we take out, ensuring a healthier Earth for our Future”. To prevent erosion they use mulch and cover crops as well as utilizing wind breaks where possible. “Cover crops also increase organic matter, keep excess nutrients from leaching into ground or surface water, provide nutrients to the cash crop that follows, help improve soil structure and can provide food for bees at critical times of the year”. To reduce waste all of their packaging materials are made from recyclable materials, are recyclable themselves or are biodegradable. To increase renewable energy Lady Moon Farms has installed solar panels at their Pennsylvania farm that provides 20% of their energy needs and has plans to open a large solar farm at their Florida location.
In honor of Earth Week 2018, Lady Moon Farms is donating money to PASA for every case of their produce sold in our stores!