East Coast Organics is an organically grown farm currently located in Pittstown, NJ. They are passionate about feeding their community while enhancing the local environment. The farm is run by David Meyre and Alexa Lower who launched ECO in 2017. With the desire for a more ethical and self-sufficient lifestyle, David and Alexa set out to farm their first season together in the spring of 2018.
The future of food security lies in farms that use a variety of techniques to preserve and rebuild our soils. Here at ECO, we use no-till methods in an effort to conserve water, reduce soil erosion, and increase the amount and variety of life in the soil. We grow on permanent raised beds to build and maintain the soil structure. Our crop rotation system offers countless benefits such as disrupting the life cycle of pests and diseases, reduces the depletion of nutrients, and helps reduce weed pressure. These farming methods make the soil, and therefore crops, more resilient to disease and pest damage. We do not use herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides of any kind and use only organic fertilizers to help improve plant quality.
We grow a diversified mix of crops including broccoli, salad greens, peppers, herbs, and flower. Click here for a full crop list!
David is the head farmer at East Coast Organics. The buck stops with him. Trained professionally under Jim Kinsel and David Camacho he started farming in 2014. An ironworker by trade and an inventor by heart. His journey into farming began after starting a small garden and hasn't stopped growing since. Building on tested farming techniques made popular by Elliot Coleman, JM Forties, Gabe Brown, Steve Groff. David is developing and has implemented several unique farming practices. No-Till organic vegetables being the goal. He is passionate about his work and committed to bringing fresh produce to the market. With his vegetable, fruit, and herbs quality is of the utmost importance.
Alexa helps run East Coast Organics hands-on in the field and takes care of many of the back office duties. 2018 was Alexa's first season farming after resigning from her full-time job in Philadelphia. Since graduating from Montclair State University in 2011 she has developed a passion for environmental activism and social equality and disliked the notion of sitting in a cubical day after day. Alexa found hope and excitement after reading Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm and ECO has allowed her to live a more honest life and a true oneness with nature. Alexa sincerely enjoys her first outdoor job and her dirt covered hands and knees.