ABOUT US

The Josie Porter Farm is going into their fourteenth season of operation. The farm operates on a portion of the former Snyder Farm, which is owned by Stroud Township and was acquired as part of its open space initiative. The main program of the farm is the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation that provided 45 shares to the community in 2007 and has increased to over 180 in 2020.

The farm has a diversified operation including many CSA membership options, an on-farm buying club market, winter markets and garlic products from the farm sold at garlic festivals throughout the Northeast. The farm offers healthy, whole foods from local and regional sources, a local food hub that offers honey, maple syrup, meat, cheese, eggs, salmon, and more all year long. In the summertime the farm stand is open every Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 3-7 pm & Saturday 9 am- 3 pm & Sunday 10 am - 3 pm. Winter hours are posted on the website and on FB, and are based on weather and product availability.

The farm, envisioned by farm manager Heidi Secord and her husband Gary Bloss, focuses on the legacy of Josephine Porter, who made biodynamic agriculture preparations in this country for almost three decades at this farm. Biodynamic growers recognize the soil itself to be alive and that human health and vitality depend upon the health and vitality of the soil. The concept goes beyond the term "organic." The mission of the farm is to connect people to the earth through agriculture, education, and community.

 

 

 
 

ABOUT FARMER HEIDI

Heidi Secord is the general manager and co-owner of the Josie Porter Farm in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (PA). Heidi was born and raised in Connecticut and earned her BS degree in Business Management from The University of Rhode Island. She spent 3 years in Peace Corps, Mali, West Africa and Lesotho in Southern Africa, learning about subsistence farming in developing worlds and working with women’s cooperatives.

Heidi has over 24 years of agricultural experience in regenerative agriculture in Pennsylvania, including a year-long internship at Rodale Experimental Farm. She worked for Eckerton Hill Farm in Berks County, PA that sold heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers at Union Square Greenmarket and 5-star chefs in New York and managed the vegetable gardens at the Glasbern Inn, a high-end Country Inn in Fogelsville, PA.  She moved up to the Pocono’s in 2001 to manage Rolling Hills Farm in Saylorsburg.  She is currently operating a 6-acre vegetable farm in Stroudsburg, PA on a 48-acre parcel of municipally owned open space land.  Heidi manages and operates a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) operation at the Josie Porter Farm, and specializes in garlic production and value-added products. The farm offers special educational events like the Cherry Valley Festival as well as tours of the farm. It continues to be the vision that an Agricultural Learning Center will be established on the farm in the future.

Heidi is also the board President of Pennsylvania Farmers Union. As State President, she also sits on the board of the PA State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) and is actively engaged in policy committee work with All Together Now PA, an organization led by community organizer and restauranteur Judy Wicks. Heidi just retired from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) board of directors after serving for 9 years.

 

 

 
 

ABOUT FARMER GARY

Gary David Bloss has co-managed the Josie Porter Farm with his wife Heidi Secord since 2006.  Gary is native to the Poconos, literally born on Main Street, Stroudsburg in his Grandmothers apartment.  He graduated from Pocono Mountain High School, holds a BSLA in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University, and a Masters from Harvard University.

Gary has over 30 years of experience in the field of community planning and landscape architecture and has been responsible for the administration and technical leadership of designers, planners, and scientists in a wide variety of planning, environmental, and design projects for both the public and the private development sector.  In September of 2006, he was appointed as the first Executive Director for the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and helped lead that organization through many critical and early organization and development milestones.  Prior to that position, he ran his own consulting firm specializing in community planning, watershed conservation, greenways, open space, and trails.  He is a licensed Landscape Architect in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and a licensed Professional Planner in the state of New Jersey.  In May 2010 he was honored as the individual recipient of the Karl Mason Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP).   

Currently, he serves as the operations manager at the Josie Porter Farm, former board member of the Brodhead Watershed Association, member of the Steering Committee for the North East Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG, and a member of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network Working Group). He is also a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) trainer and coordinator for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) grant through the PA Farmers Union.