Wing Road Farm

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Wing Road Farm, located at 270 Wing Road in Greenfield, NY, was settled around 1797 by Prince Wing. The Wing Family were Quakers that resided in the Plymouth Colony and gradually moved west. The farm passed out of the Wing family in the 1920's, but Aaren is still in touch with the great great granddaughter of the original owner. The farm was purchased from the estate of Emilie Kremp in 2004 by Barbara Linell Glaser. Emilie and her husband ran a dairy and she lived on the farm until her death at age 102. The proceeds of her estate went entirely to the Jane Goodall Foundation at her request. Barbara Linell Glaser and her husband Paul Zachos established the small development company, Linell Lands, for the purpose of acquiring special places for unique purposes. Wing Road Farm was purchased because Linell Lands wanted to preserve local farmland and model a different style of development. The farm was subdivided into 12 lots. Along with Wing Road Farm, 2 of the lots continue to be farmed by our neighbors at Native Farm Flowers and Turtle Rock Farm. Conservation easements held by Saratoga P.L.A.N.  have been placed on 49 of the 120 acres of land to ensure its preservation as a farm, woodland and wetland. For more information on the work of P.L.A.N., visit http://www.saratogaplan.org.

 

Chris and Aaren Harris acted as caretakers of the farm from 2007-2010 and purchased 19 acres of the 120 acre farm in 2010. This land surrounds the farmhouse once belonging to Albert Goodrich and Ida Wing. The original farmhouse is long gone. The farm includes open fields, a woodlot of mixed hardwoods, an old mill pond, and a trickling stream leading from a mineral spring. Currently, a little over 1/4 acre is used to grow vegetables in a fenced garden and a 50' unheated greenhouse. The farm has recently adopted 2 blue Romney sheep for wool. The orchard is now producing pears, quince and apples and small fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, sloes, currants, elderberries and more. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, shiitake mushrooms, and many medicinal plants. They tend a flock of 20 laying hens and ducks and up to 4 hives of bees. They are currently running the farm as a homestead, growing, preserving and sharing much of what they eat year-round themselves.