When was Aldebaran Farm created?
Aldebaran Farm is in its first year of business! Needless to say, this is an exciting and scary year for us, and we truly appreciate you stopping by, getting to know us, and trying something new.
Where the heck is Orwigsburg, and why are we selling at Downingtown?
Orwigsburg is located in Schuylkill County, PA, and our farm is just five miles from Hawk Mountain. We are farming in a temporary rental situation this year. Finding farmland is one of the most difficult hurdles for young farmers, especially those of us like Heidi and Dan who did not grow up in farming families. In the future, we hope to move closer to Chester County, both for the farmers market and also because Downingtown is where Heidi grew up!
That’s right, Heidi is returning to her roots: her Downingtown history goes way back to attending elementary school at West Bradford Elementary, through graduating in 2003 from Downingtown Senior High School. Dan is no stranger to Downingtown, either. Heidi and Dan met while working as apprentices at Two Gander Farm in Downingtown in 2013, the same year that Downingtown Farmers Market began. Some of you might also recognize Dan from Malvern Farmers Market that year, as he sold produce for Two Gander Farm on Saturday mornings.
Heidi and Dan are passionate about sustainable agriculture. We both learned about the environmental impacts of agriculture as young adults, and felt motivated to be a part of the positive change that is needed for the environmental and food security of our local community, our nation, and the world. It took some time for us to find our way: Heidi worked as a textile designer for many years before becoming involved in sustainable agriculture. Dan was involved in restaurant work and landscaping, and in addition to the farm, just started an organic landscaping business in 2017 (“Dan’s Organic Land Care.)