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Our Story

Having dreamed of owning a farm for decades, it became a reality in 2000 when we discovered a town called Rehoboth and saw a real estate listing for a small, organic farm. Perfect!

WHO WE ARE

While visiting a family member, serendipitously I happened upon this wee farm in a place called Rehoboth. After decades of a frenetic life – an intense 4 years in graduate school, a failed marriage, and an overloaded career, I ended up where I wanted to start – on a small farm growing berries & fruit!

From my earliest childhood memories, everything in nature fascinated me. I was the child who got hooked growing lima beans from seed in milk cartons on a school room window sill. I collected all sorts of plants, found jobs working in other people’s gardens, and ended up getting a master’s degree in landscape architecture.

That propelled me into the environmental movement – working with everyone from Greenpeace to the Garden Club of America’s affiliates. Always striving to understand what stewardship meant and how to be an effective activist. Along the way I was a volunteer, staff and board member of environmental non-profits. And later became known for raising lots of money – and tasked with giving it away.

Three decades and a huge amount of burnout later, I left the philanthropic sector to truly go green again! I was fortunate to find my way back – to what mattered most to me. The farm is Agraria Farm in this place called Rehoboth and it is here that I try to “farm in nature’s image”.

So that’s all about me, Barbara Marsilius Link. But the farm is so much more about ‘we’ – it is because of this battery of family, friends, neighbors, and volunteers of all stripes  – that this farm flourishes. So here’s a sampling of all the others that make the ‘we’ of Agraria Farm!

MISSION & VISION

 

F A R M I N G   I N   N A T U R E ‘ S   I M A G E

growing nourishing food to sustain our bodies, minds & planet earth

Decades in the nonprofit sector and the environmental movement have had a tremendous effect on how we farm – in a multitude of ways. The notion of nature as measure – teacher – standard – is demonstrated in our on-farm practices & philosophy about farming: the commitment to build soils and protect the ecosystem. Although the current jargon of sustainability is often ambiguous, for us it means being a good steward, that is:

  • a fundamental respect for mother nature, the genius of the place, the terroir
  • understanding the carrying capacity of our land – working within the sustainable limits of natural systems
  • living within the regenerative capacity of the biosphere – appropriate resource consumption
  • maintaining diversity
  • embracing change and transience
  • practicing resilience

As Wes Jackson says today’s farming should enable nature’s ecosystem to lead the way to a new agriculture – an ecologically sound and resilient agriculture. For more on these ideas see our education page.

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