RISING LOCUST FARM
ABOUT OUR FARM
Located in the southern Susquehanna river valley in what is known as Lancaster County, PA. We are a 40 acre inter-generational permaculture farm using regenerative farming practices and natural systems to grow nourishing food, improve our soils, and foster a robust ecological and human community.
We named our farm after the locust tree because of its symbolism as a healer and steward of land. This unassuming tree thrives in marginalized and degraded land by improving the soil so that more tree and plant life can flourish. It also provides shade, excellent firewood, rot-resistant lumber, and highly nutritious forage along the way. We want to be as generous as locust trees to our land, animals, and community.
Four members of the Rhodes family (Kay, Frank, Mike and Harry) began farming in 2015 using natural systems to produce ethically-raised food. Along the way we began to collaborate with other folks and Mike left the farm. Currently, Erica Jenkins (a former intern) and Donna Volles (our orchard manager) work and collaborate here to expand the farm and its mission. We also have invaluable support from grandparents, friends, and community members who are an integral part of the farm.