The Farm & the Farmer
We are a small organic farm located in the Hudson Valley of New York in the town of High Falls. We currently grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, mushrooms and specialty hemp.
The soil is the heart of our farm and is what we are in most awe of. It's rockless, holds moisture, and is extremely nutrient rich due to the occasional river flooding. This results in nutrient dense crops that are strong against pest/disease and most importantly taste great. We maintain the health of soil by feeding green manure (crops that are planted for the only purpose of being reincorporated back into the soil). We will never use synthetic fertilizers and practice crop rotation of our fields.
We are USDA certified organic and are strong supporters of small farms that are taking back the food system.
On typical day we are working in the fields, swimming in the Rondout river that boarders the farm, playing music and hanging out with our 2 dogs Ruby and Gus.
Will Leibee is the owner, operator and founding head farmer at Back Home Farm in High Falls, New York. Many years ago, while working at a restaurant on the New Jersey Shore, he was asked to source fresh produce and got his first taste of organically grown food directly from the farm. The difference was uncanny and he was dumbfounded on why organically grown veggies made up such a small percentage of the food that is grown in the US . It was an inspirational and life changing experience, from there on, there was no turning back.
Since then, Will has set out to bring mindfully grown food to his communities plates.
Before moving to New York, Will lived in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina where he was fortunate enough to be trained by experienced organic farming experts and educated in working alongside nature to grow diverse, nutrient rich, vegetables. It became a labor of love. In 2017, Will relocated to Kingston, NY to take a job on Alewife Farm, furthering his experience with top NYC chefs. In 2018, Will befriended native New Yorker Dan Boice and set out to restore the Boice Family Farm which had previously been closed for 20 years.
Currently, Will tends to 10+ acres of NOFA Certified Organic crops along the banks of the Rondout river. Will and his teams focus is on soil health, an extensive list of culinary vegetable varieties, and harvest methods that maintain the integrity of the whole plant.