the Farm + food
The small-scale farm at Craigardan is a test plot for innovative practices and "sustainable" design on a relatively small piece of Adirondack land. We research, adapt, and implement philosophy from permaculture, agroecological, and diversified farming techniques. Plant and animal varieties are chosen based on these ideals and on the specific challenges of the mountain property paired with our desire to consume and promote flavorful, healthy, seasonal, local foods.
Craigardan's residents are members of the farm, receiving a weekly farm share of our own harvest and supplemented with a variety of goods from our partner farms. Residents prepare most of their own meals from the share, which adds to their experience in a new and more complete way, and they gather for weekly meals prepared by culinary residents. The Culinary Artists-in-Residence use the farm as their pantry for raw materials and their source of inspiration. Here, a residency is an opportunity to engage all of the senses - including taste.
As farming communities begin to strengthen around the region, we wish to showcase what the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley has to offer the culinary world. With our farm and our partner farms as a pantry, we invite emerging and professional chefs to hone their craft, collaborate with the community, and inspire our culinary culture. Chefs at Craigardan have the opportunity to collaborate with ceramic artists and other residents who will further enrich their creative experience.
Craigardan's position as an arts center, a small diversified farm, and as a regional community connector creates a unique educational opportunity for individuals interested in a career in agriculture and/or food systems. We invite young and emerging farmers, food activists, and chefs to continue their education at Craigardan through hands-on work with full support on the farm and in the kitchen.
Craigardan currently offers up to 4 summer Culinary Arts Residency positions, a teaching fellowship, and 2 Farm + Food Internship positions each year. Click the links to learn more and apply now:
WORKSHOPS, Classes + EVENTS
Special events as well as single day and multi-day educational workshops on food and farming are offered throughout the season. Topics include butchery, herbalism, nutrition, food justice, foraging, fermentation and more. Our classes will teach you to grow what you eat, cook what you grow, and support our local farm and food landscape.