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Rootastes x Riverland Farm

Rootastes x Riverland Farm

The root of what we do is summarized with Eat. Real. Food. It’s our slogan and our way of life. Along with the health benefits of sourcing locally, we also believe in the economic benefits of supporting our community.

Riverland Farm grow 40 acres of certified organic vegetables on prime agricultural soil along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. They crop fields in the towns of Sunderland and Montague with the main farm being located on Rt 47 just south of Sunderland Center. 
Their growing practices, inputs and systems reflect our high standards for healthy land, good food and worker safety. They use only sustainable practices and organic approved inputs. Riverland Farm is a USDA Certified Organic Farm, certified by Baystate Certifiers.

Emily Landeck and Meghan Arquin have worked together managing the daily operations of Riverland Farm since 2016. They both came from non-farming backgrounds and were introduced to farming through various work and volunteer experiences. Emily and Meghan share the joy of cooking and creating with the wide array of vegetables they grow and love to share experiences and swap recipes with anyone willing! They are dear friends and powerful coworkers stemming from an ease of communication and collaboration between the two. Although they have many shared interests they also bring complimentary skills to the work place.

Photos and Information courtesy of Riverland Farm

In 2020 Emily, who had worked at Riverland for 4 seasons, purchased the farm from Rob and Meghan who had been managing the farm since 2007. For 9 years Meghan and Rob continued the CSA (community supported agriculture) program that the original owners, Scott and Ferdene, had started, all while building local and regional wholesale accounts. In 2016, Meghan and Rob transitioned the farm from primarily CSA to a mainly wholesale focused business model. We now work with a wide variety of wholesale and co-op CSA customers and continue to seek new accounts to provide fresh, healthy, local food to a large array of communities.

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