Pond Hill Farm is a small, bio-intensive vegetable farm near Slate Lick, PA. We supply fresh veggies to multiple farmers markets in the Pittsburgh area. We're 34 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.
We, Isaac Porter and Jordan Sommerfeld, purchased the farm in 2016. The property has had many functions including a nursery and Christmas tree farm over the years, but the property had restored back to nature over the last several years of neglect when we bought it. Fragments of what the property once was still are hidden in the forests and streams of the property. A pond forms at the mouth of a valley on the farm, so there really is a pond on the hill at Pond Hill Farm. It is used as a damn to slow the loss of water and nutrients from our fields. Cleaning up the property also includes transitioning the property to organic status. It's a drawn out process but MUCH worth the time and labor.
We believe in the power of good food. We know that good food comes from good soil, so we make healthy soils our top priority. Limited tillage, no synthetic fertilizer/chemicals use, and other strategies are used to encourage a healthy soil microbiome while avoiding contamination and erosion. We are blessed to be able to work so closely with Mother Nature, and intend to improve the environment through soil health and promoting wildlife of all kinds.