Farm Profile: Pennypack Farm & Education Center

Pennypack Farm & Education Center in Horsham has been offering an impressive CSA to nearby households for eight years—they’ve also used that time to introduce the community to the ins and outs of sustainable agriculture.

Head farmer, Andy Andrews, has been with Pennypack since 2005. He had a typical suburban upbringing—“I grew up mowing lawns and shoveling driveways,” he recalls—and didn’t tackle agriculture until his mid-twenties. “I loved working outside,” he adds. “I wanted to be of service to people, and I wanted to help the environment.”

The farm grows a wide range of vegetables, herbs and berries. In addition to the summer CSA season, they offer a winter option filled with store crops and winter greens, grown in the property’s hoop houses. (The winter CSA is currently accepting members.)

Participants pick up their shares at the farm, an integral part of what makes Pennypack special. “Being here is the most incredible experience,” explains farm coordinator Margot Bradley. “There’s just so much going on, from worm composting to beehives to the huge variety of vegetables growing.”

Shareholders are also asked to get their hands dirty, working a couple hours a year to get the full farm experience; more demanding work shares are also available.

There is always something new happening at Pennypack, whether they’re organizing film screenings or hosting “Little Sprouts” programs for kids. This year in particular, the farm had a bumper tomato crop. “We’re most famous among children for our Sun Gold cherry tomatoes,” says Bradley. “They call them farm candy.”

Pennypack Farm & Education Center,
685 Mann Rd., Horsham, 215-646-3943, pennypackfarm.org; Pennypack is also
a pickup site for Four Worlds Bakery