“Radical” farm takes root
- Published: May 17, 2011
Amy Batchman had a vision for something radically different on the seven-acre homestead she bought last summer — a focus on perennial agriculture, mechanics courses for women, self-sustaining farm enterprises and nearly complete self-sufficiency.
A familiar face at the King’s Yard Farmer’s Market selling raw milk shares, veggies and cottage goods from area farms, Batchman plans to expand her role in the local food economy with her new local roots 1.5 miles north on the bike path.
Located on West Jackson Road, with the new Radical Roots Farm Batchman will focus on niche products that few local growers offer — like you-pick strawberries, asparagus, mushrooms and tree nut oils and flours in addition to the foods her farmer’s market customers covet — like greens in the winter and maple syrup.
Batchman is also raising chicks for five local families, building straw bale structures and moving area barns with a new company — Barn Again Lumber.
Read about a recent permaculture event at her farm here and see the May 19 edition of the YS News for the full story.