Growing: Grass-fed cows
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
With 200 acres of land in Dutchess County, NY, Sprout Creek Farm is a dynamic center for agriculture, marketplace, and educational center crafted to help young people connect to the land, seasons, plants, and animals that coexist with them. As a not-for-profit organization, Sprout Creek Farm helps to make sustainable living and eating accessible.
Sprout Creek Farm is a model for sustainable agriculture, especially when it comes to the ethical and ecological production of meets, cheeses, eggs, and more. But at Sprout Creek Farm it’s about more than just producing and selling delicious food. By both consuming and participating in the production of their goods, Sprout Creek Farm helps to provide educational experiences for children and adults that fosters appreciation for, and understanding of, our place within the natural world, and thus encourage responsibility for the future of the environment; reconnects people to the rich agricultural heritage of the United States; and aids in personal spiritual development by allowing the resources of the farm to be a setting and starting point for everyone’s journey.
Their cheese comes from grass-fed Jersey, Brown Swiss, Milking Shorthorn, Normande and Holstein cows and our Nubian, Toggenburg and Oberhasli goats. These artisanal cheeses are made in the age-old tradition of European farmstead cheese, using a method that enhances the innate qualities of the milk. From season to season, you can actually taste subtle differences as the pasture grasses change with fluctuating temperatures and amounts of rainfall.