We are excited to announce that Cedar Meadow Farms is Regenerative Verified! It's official.
Cedar Meadow Farm is in Holtwood, PA, just a 17 miles south of Lancaster, PA.
It was 1935 that Steve Groff's grandparents purchased the piece of earth that he now stewards and preserves – a legacy that the 4th generation is beginning to manage.
Steve's grandmother was an ardent follower of J.I. Rodale (now the Rodale Institute) and practiced his organic methods in her garden. They didn't make fun of her at that time . . . but neither did they support the methods she used in growing vegetables.
Steve graduated from high school and dove right into his passion for farming. In 1982, he convinced his dad that they needed to eliminate tillage so they wouldn't have ditches in their fields. These needed to be closed in order to harvest the crops in the fall.
In the mid-nineties, Steve realized that they needed to use cover crops to not only further protect their soils from erosion but to ENHANCE the fields with biological diversity.
These practices have nearly tripled their organic matter - some fields are over 6% - and they have lowered the costs of production significantly.
As a bonus, the nutrient density of what they grow has increased, benefiting those who consume our products.
And now, the CBD hemp they are growing in these carefully managed fields really does yield "better oil from better soil!" Other experts have seen our tests and have been amazed at the diversity of other cannabinoids in addition to CBD.
Steve recounts, "I know my grandmother would be proud if she could see what we have done to increase the soil health of this farm over the years!"
Cedar Meadow Farm is easily accessible from Harrisburg, York, Chambersburg, Wilmington, Baltimore, West Chester and Philadelphia.