Healthy Soil, Healthy Food at Squash Villa Farm
Himanee and Jim Gupta-Carlson have been farming for over ten years in Saratoga Springs, NY and more recently at their farm in Easton, NY. A familiar face at the Saratoga and Schenectady Farmers Market, Himanee raises chickens, ducks, geese and goats with her husband, Jim. They got their start in farming when they relocated from Seattle to Saratoga Springs and purchased a house with 3 acres of land and a barn and began growing vegetables in their backyard. “We basically started with a beautiful house with a barn and a yard decimated by dirt bikes and chemical fertilizers,” said Himanee.
Over the years, Himanee and Jim made improvements to the soil by incorporating organic matter and planting crops that were beneficial to improving soil health. They also started raising chickens, ducks, geese and goats to diversify their farm and also provide a source of fertilizer for their vegetables. Although the farm is not certified organic, Jim and Himanee use regenerative methods and do not use pesticides, herbicides or fungicides to grow their crops.
Himanee and Jim's goal is to raise super high-quality vegetables that thrive in healthy soils. Jim explained that they raise animals to regenerate the soil for the vegetables and to bring happiness and joy to overall farm life. “The goats eat things that we don’t eat and the chickens eat rotten food. The ducks eat snails and the geese scare away predators. All play a part in maintaining soil health and the production of high quality vegetables,” said Jim.
By growing items that other farmers don’t grow including non-ornamental Indian corn, Himanee and Jim provide their customers with something different. They also grow dry heirloom beans, raise a variety of chickens that produce “rainbow-colored” eggs and geese that lay very large eggs. The geese start laying eggs in early spring and provide a unique offering at the farmers’ markets. Himanee encourages her customers to try the geese eggs because they are so delicious. "They are our favorite egg - creamy, golden and delicious. You can taste the magic of a goose egg when it’s simply made,” said Himanee.
To get fresh chicken, goat meat, eggs or Abenaki corn and beans, visit Himanee and Jim at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or the Schenectady Greenmarket on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to place an order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 518-650-5881 (Jim), 518-430-8360 (Himanee). You can also find them on Facebook as Squash Villa Farm.