Fallen Aspen Farm History
Fallen Aspen Farm owners Jake and Desiree have been local Western PA artisans and farmers for over a decade. They began homesteading in the backwoods of Harmony, PA while living out of a tiny house that they built themselves. On that land, they installed an acre of raised beds, fruit trees, and berry bushes while following permaculture farming principles and developing their skills. At the time, Jake was working as a brewer for Full Pint Brewing Company and Desiree was catering.
In 2013, Jake and Des founded Fallen Aspen Farm as a small scale vegetable, fruit, egg and poultry operation with sales throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Shortly thereafter, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) awarded Fallen Aspen with a long-term agricultural lease within the 394-acre Plain Grove Fens Natural Area (visit www.waterlandlife.org for more details on the Natural Area which is open to the public) where Fallen Aspen Farm is now located.
Once they settled in Plain Grove township, Jake and Des expanded their operation tenfold. They set up a hill tunnel, bought a BCS walk-behind tractor, put in close to an acre of vegetables, planted hundreds of fruit and nut trees, and installed livestock fencing. They then brought goats, poultry (chickens, ducks and turkeys), rabbits, and pigs onto the farm. Within the year, they made direct sales to local individuals as well as a number of notable restaurants in Harmony, Zelienople and Pittsburgh.
Fallen Aspen Farm is now in another phase of operational and market growth in which the farmers continue to refine their sustainable crop production and highly ethical livestock practices. In addition to selected niche crop production, Jake and Des have thoroughly developed their livestock operations to include slow-grown pastured pork, pastured poultry (chickens and turkeys), cage-free rabbits, grass-fed lamb, grass-fed beef, and pastured goats.