At the Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture we are committed to the ongoing sustainability of our environment, of people’s health, and of future generations. Our farm is dedicated to environmentally conscious gardening. We have multiple locally focused outlets for our produce, including a farm stand, a weekly farmer's market at a hospital, a food coop and other stores, restaurants, and wineries. We practice no-till and substantial addition of compost and biochar to our soil.
Our biochar production supplies our needs at the farm, and we have excess available for marketing to the public.
Our educational center is in development.
SCSA was founded in 2011 by Rich, Steve, and Carol Sullivan, after all three had retired from their "day jobs." Together they have worked to establish and expand the dream of an institution to help promote sustainability in today's society and culture.
Although living most of their adult lives in New England, Rich and Steve grew up in southern California in the '50's and '60's when much of it was still agricultural. While not involved with any farming, they did become interested in horticulture, and their father built them a greenhouse for raising orchids, bromeliads, begonias, and African violets. Steve's wife Carol grew up in New England and was exposed to farming on her grandfather's farm in Maine. Becoming interested in vegetable gardening as young adults, they have all continued that practice since.
Rich and his wife settled in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire in 2009, and Steve and Carol followed in 2010.
In 2011, while the farm was being transformed from forest and rocky, weed-covered horse pasture into a garden and orchard, the neighboring property was purchased and renovated to support future employees, interns, and apprentices.
In 2012, the first garden was put in, a support shop with an adjoining greenhouse for citrus and avocado trees was built, and a decision was made to acquire a biochar retort. At that point, SCSA established its three-part mission: small-scale, permaculture-based organic vegetable farm and fruit orchard, a biochar production program, and an educational center.
Some of our other projects have included a complete rainwater harvesting and storage system for irrigation, a heat recovery system for space heating with the biochar retort, a tree-coppicing woodlot for biochar feedstock, a rolling greenhouse for crop rotation and season extension, and an earth-tube-heated greenhouse for seedlings and baby greens .