why we grow

Our principal mission is to provide high-quality organically grown produce to area food banks and soup kitchens.

We donate over 50% of our total harvest each season to several hunger-relief organizations in the Torrington-Winsted area.

Over the last five seasons we have grown and distributed nearly 24,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious vegetables to help those in need.

 

Our Pledge to you

At Heritage Gardens we believe that organic farming is the bedrock of sustainable agriculture.

Although we are not currently USDA Certified Organic for marketing purposes, we do grow according to organic principles and follow the National Organic Program standards and guidelines.  We do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides!

In order to honor our commitment to growing the safest, most nutritious, and highest-quality produce possible, Heritage Gardens is a proud member of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and has signed the CTNOFA Farmer’s Pledge.

where we grow

Heritage Gardens is a small market garden (1/2 acre) located on a 60 acre private property and horse farm atop scenic Platt Hill in Winchester, Connecticut.

2016 will be our sixth season. We continue to expand in order to meet the need of local hunger-relief organizations as well as the demand of our retail partners and CSA supporters.

 

Support to others

We are also very proud to be supporting members of the following organizations that are working tirelessly to help create a better, safer, more sustainable, and more socially just food system in our country.  We encourage you to visit their websites to see the good work they are doing on our behalf.

how we grow

Though small, we grow an amazing bounty of the highest-quality produce.  We have a crop portfolio of over 40 types of vegetables, herbs, and flowers exceeding 100 different varieties (many of them heirloom).

To maximize our potential, we use an intensive raised-bed garden system.  Most of the garden work is done by hand which allows us the opportunity to take better advantage of crop rotations and companion plantings that have the garden bursting at the seams by mid-summer.