Lindera Farms sits on a 225 acre former cattle farm, where the cows had been allowed to roam into the stream that runs through the property itself. The stream acts as a tributary into the Potomac River and, by extension, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. When my family took over this land, we engaged with The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental non-profit with a mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, to restore this stream after massive amounts of top soil erosion had destroyed the embankments, otherwise altering the local ecology.
We rebuilt the stream, created new waterways and reinforced the banks. We helped reconstitute organic plant-life. We introduced an entirely native list of flora back into the area, many of which are the wild edibles we now use in our pantry products. The Nature Conservancy still oversees part of the project to affirm our operating principles fall within their covenants.
In honor of Earth Month, we are donating a portion of our proceeds to The Nature Conservancy for the entire month of April. We recognize our responsibility to this land, to its larger ecosystem, and to the environment as a whole. We cherish our working relationship with this incredible institution, which has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Most of all, our work with The Nature Conservancy has informed the principles by which we operate Lindera Farms today: ecologically-sound, sustainably-driven, and locally-minded.