All One One All Farm’s mission is to forge new relationships with the environment and what we eat through unique learning opportunities. This includes eating an awesome meal, biting into one of our delectable pears, attending a natural dye workshop that uses plants we grow on-site, picking berries, watching bees go in and out of their hives with pollen on their toes, deboning a chicken, picking up your greens for the week, and much much more.
Our goal is to generate a healthy planet and educate people through food production and consumption. We will shepherd a biodiverse and regenerative agriculture, and connect people with their rich productive local landscapes.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN !
AOOA is a farm and soon it will have its own restaurant and shop. We are a farm with Silvopastures, a greenhouse and animals. We look forward to hosting workshops, feeding our neighbors and promoting fellow Orange Country farmers and their work.
WONDERING ABOUT OUR NAME ?
All For One One For All - A D’Artagnan Foundation Regenerative Silvopasture Farm and Restaurant. Yep it is a mouthful, so for short AOOA or AllOneOneAll. All for One One for All are the words originally proclaimed by the “Three Musketeers” in the famous Alexandre Dumas book and these words are the soul and mission of our project. The concept is standing up for what is right together and supporting each other and our community. This is what we stand for, and what we believe our place is within the Goshen and Orange County communities.
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A REGENERATIVE SILVOPASTURE WHAT?
AOOA is a regenerative silvopasture farm. This means all the work we do must ameliorate the soil and biodiversity (regenerative). It also means we work within a framework where woody perennials (trees and shrubs) are deliberately used on the same land-management units as agricultural crops and/or animals (silvopasture or agroforestry). We strongly believe, and at this point many studies show, these are the best and most responsible farming practices.
REAL SCIENTIFIC INFO ON THESE SILVOPASTURES PLEASE...
We are super enthusiastic about our land management practices but individuals generally do not know what we excitedly blab about when we say silvopasture, agroforesty, farming with beneficial insects... Time and again we have to explain how the work we are doing here at AOOA is in service of our local ecosystem! Below are some sources that give cursory descriptions of why AOOA is so darn enlivened about what we are doing!
- All of chapter 2 of the USDA document entitled Agroforestry: Enhancing Resiliency in U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions. This and the introduction explains what agroforestry is and how it can provide ecosystem services and benefits such as soil erosion control, microclimate modification for yield enhancement, economic diversification, livestock production and well-being, water quality protection, enhance ecosystem services provided by insect pollinators... Check that out here!
- The USDA and National Agroforestry Center put together Working Trees for Water Quality which explains how carefully planned trees do wonders for water quality! Check it out here and! look at the part labeled “C” on page 3, it looks a lot like AOOA.
- Agroforestry Practices, Runoff, and Nutrient Loss: A Paired Watershed Comparison is the classic ‘more trees in ag lands help prevent runoff’ and shows how nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment export are reduced with perennial grass strips and tree rows. This is based on runoff from tilled corn and soy, so it is a way more extreme example than AOOA, but still useful! This link will bring you straight to this paper.
- From the journal Forests, Temperate Agroforestry Systems and Insect Pollinators: A Review is a good resource for individuals wondering why we have integrated brush piles in our silvopastures. Read all about it here!
- And finally, not as direct as the other articles, but to emphasize we know what we are doing here, our farm manager Eli Roberts wrote Agroforestry for the Northeastern United States: Research, Practice, and Possibilities as part of Advances in Agroforestry book series. His chapter is all about setting up these beautiful systems! Read about it all here!
WHAT ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT?
We want to serve as a platform for local farms and makers to share their goods as well as knowledge and craft. Education and community are at the heart of our mission and thus every year we formulate an agenda that sets our goals for community evolvement.
We began work on the AOOA 2021-2022 community involvement agenda last year, and continue to devote significant time to its development. I am very excited to share our preliminary steps. We have been exploring outlets to foster community involvement, with a strong focus on the excellent local educational facilities. With remote learning in full force, the possibility of a work study program in an outdoor setting will be (we believe) of special interest to academic institutions; in addition, we believe the possibility of combining Orange County’s rich history in agriculture and animal husbandry with a cross-section of educational curricula (STEM, history, business) could resonate with local educators. It is still early for us to be able to move forward with the partnerships with local educational facilities and senior communities given our nascent stage and Covid, but we have started the dialogues to meet our 2021 goals. We reached out to the Cornell Cooperative/Orange County 4-H program, BOCES, The Hudson Valley Food Pantry, Newburgh Armory Center and more. We also plan to invite chefs and farmers from all over the United States and Europe to join us in seminars and other AOOA activities – including the culinary arts – to increase the breadth of information AOOA can offer our community.
I WANT TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE!
This project is of the utmost importance to us. Sharing it, explaining it, developing it is our top priority and greatest pleasure. We are always looking to hear from, collaborate with, get input from great people. So, please do not hesitate to call or email the farm at 845.320.2773 / email@example.com.
In the meantime, to see what we are up to check out the website and blog at alloneoneall.com, join our mailing list for significant yet infrequent updates, or follow us on instagram @aooafarm.