free ranging chickens

Sage Hen Farm

free ranging chickens

Lodi, NY

Hewes Crab blossom



At Sage Hen Farm in Lodi, NY, in heart of the Finger Lakes, we maintain a diverse market garden. We also tend a small orchard, and we raise about 80 free-ranging chickens for eggs in a rainbow assortment of colors and sizes.

We also offer more than 60 varieties of garlic: softnecks including many varieties each of silverskin and artichoke garlics; hardnecks including many varieties each of rocambole, porcelain and purple stripe. Whether you are looking for a mild long-keeping garlic or a full bodied (either hot or just strong), white or brown or purply, we have a garlic for you.

We moved to Lodi in 2001, but the land has been farmed since the early 19th century.

Members of NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farmers Association -- New York), we grow certified organic seeds, sets, and tubers using ecologically sound methods: no chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). To us, it seems the right thing to do. Sage Hen Farm has taken NOFA-NY's Farmers Pledge each year since 2007. In addition, we rent out 30 acres of our land for haying to a local organic farmer who has had our fields certified.

Ours is a small operation secondary to our day jobs, but from first of June to the end of October, you can find us Wednesday afternoons at the Trumansburg Farmers Market.

We are Margaret Shepard and John Henderson. Our address in Lodi is 2343 Parmenter Road. It is about three miles south of the village of Lodi and about seven miles northwest of Trumansburg, NY. You can contact Margaret at [mbs19 @] John can be reached at [jhenderson @].

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Our focus is on heirloom and uncommon varieties of chickens, garlic, fruits and berries, herbs, greens, potatoes and other vegetables. We are members of Seed Savers Exchange, and for seeds and tubers that we aren't able to save ourselves we use sources, such as Fedco, that specialize in cold-hardy varieties, practice sustainable growing methods, and offer certified organic cultivars and regional heirloom varieties.


This page written and maintained by John R. Henderson [jhenderson @].
Last modified: March 23, 2013