What is CULTURAL AG?
Our concept of "cultural ag" is to engage in sustainable farming practices while exploring food and drink as artforms, and cultivating relationships with artists, photographers, musicians and visitors in a spirit of sharing and collaboration. At Willowthorne, agriculturalists, chefs, mixologists and artists can experiment in their medium, collaborating with each other and with visitors, blurring the boundaries between master and guest; between food, drink and art.
The core of agricultural activity of Willowthorne is focused on honey, small farm animals such as chickens and ducks, garden produce, fruit and berry trees and fish. Our chickens and ducks are fed only organic feed supplemented with greens from our garden and are cage free. Our gardens, fruit trees and berry bushes are completely free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Projects underway for 2018 include cultivated mushrooms and honey production as well as an expanded Community Shared Agriculture (CSA). Our hospitality initiatives are currently focused on popup dinner events and house rentals, and will eventually grow to include private event rentals such as engagement photo shoots, retreats, group weekend getaways, and small-scale gatherings.
In the future we hope to facilitate educational opportunities, with outreach to area universities and high schools, with lectures and classes available for a small tuition or work-study.