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SPIN Gardening
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Meet a biodynamic SPIN farmer!

Linda Borghi, Walker Valley NY

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Linda is the owner/operator of Abundant Life Farm in Walker Valley, NY. Her recipe for this half-acre farm is equal parts SPIN-Farming, biodynamics and lasagna gardening. Carved out of a wooded hillside, the farm was up and operational in 6 months. Though records are not yet kept on how quickly farms can be created, this must be some sort of record. It is also the third location for her farm and proves just how portable the farming profession can be. Linda’s sales channels include restaurants, a 15 member CSA and mobile farm stand.

Linda has worked both sides of the fence, as a vendor and producer. She began her career in 1977, managing 4 star restaurants on the upper east side of New York, including La Grenouille, Bruno’s, Toscana and Piccolo Mondo. She began farming in 1988 on Block Island, RI where she first established Abundant Life Farm. There she invented a 5 gallon pasteurization machine, and was the only farm in the country with a “herd” of one cow to be licensed to sell cheese to the public. In 1996 she returned to the mainland to manage the cut flower operation of 26 Costco wholesale locations, from Norfolk, VA to Holbrook, Long Island. In 1998 she was the first intern at the Pfeiffer Center Garden in Chestnut Ridge NY, which pioneered the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic agriculture.

In 2004 she re-established Abundant Life Farm in Middletown, NY. In 2006 she began practicing SPIN-Farming. In 2007 Orange Magazine named her “Who’s Who of Manure”, and she opened the Eat Local Virtual Farm stand which created a direct distribution channel from farmer to eater. In 2008 she moved Abundant Life Farm to Walker Valley, NY. In 2009 Linda spoke at the United Nations at a conference entitled “Food, Famine and the Future of Food Technology.”

She continues to educate and grow opportunities for others at Abundant Life Farm which has become a diversified operation including chickens, mushroom production and beekeeping. The farm serves as training ground for beginning SPIN farmers , and plays host to those seeking to become change agents within Hudson Valley’s foodshed. Through livestreaming on the Web, Linda’s expertise and influence has reached as far as Sierra Leone where she consults to Seeds of Knowledge Farm. Closer to home she gives intensive one-day SPIN workshops up and down the east coast.

SPIN Corps

How can you join the SPIN Corps?

SPIN Corps members need at least one season of generating income with SPIN-Farming. The next steps are explained in this guide.