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Handsome Brook Farms' Commitment to Climate Smart Farming on Earth Day

Handsome Brook Farms' Commitment to Climate Smart Farming on Earth Day


At Handsome Brook Farms we are dedicated to implementing climate-smart practices, with agroforestry emerging as a pivotal example of our commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Agroforestry is one approach to enhancing the layer hen farms we work with. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, trees serve as guardians of our soil, providers of shade for hens, and sanctuaries for beneficial insects. This Earth Day, Handsome Brook Farms reflects on its recent tree planting initiative on four farms in New York's Finger Lakes Region in collaboration with Wellspring Forest Farm.

Under the guidance of Handsome Brook Farm’s Director of Sustainability and Communications, alongside local agroforestry expert Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm, this pilot project exemplified our commitment to ecological diversity and responsible land stewardship. From native mixed species plantings to windbreaks and orchards, each tree planting was thoughtfully tailored to suit the unique needs and microclimates of the family farms we work with.


Active farmer participation was integral to the success of these projects, and fostered a sense of ownership and enduring dedication to tree care. Despite challenges such as soil compaction and erratic weather patterns, our teams successfully manually planted 1,186 trees.

Beyond agroforestry, Handsome Brook Farms is spearheading a range of climate-smart initiatives as part of our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship. Through partnerships with the USDA and other organizations, we're exploring innovative solutions to enhance sustainability and efficiency across our operations.

One such initiative is the Climate Smart Organic Egg Project, supported by the USDA's Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities grant. Over the next five years, we'll be studying the impacts of various improvements to our barns and pastures on energy consumption, emissions, and regenerative farming practices. Through this project, we aim to not only reduce our environmental footprint but also pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable agricultural future.



Our network farms are implementing a range of climate-smart practices, from energy-efficient barn lighting and optimized manure management systems to the installation of solar panels. These initiatives not only reduce our reliance on non-renewable energy sources but also contribute to cost savings and improved environmental performance. 

As we look ahead, Handsome Brook Farms remains committed to fostering a more climate smart future for agriculture. Through continued innovation, collaboration, and investment in climate-smart practices, we aim to lead the way towards a brighter tomorrow for our planet and future generations.


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