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The faces of farming in America are changing.
We are among the next generation of female farmers who are passionate about regenerative food production and environmental stewardship.
Kneehigh Farm is owned and operated by Emma Cunniff, who has been farming since 2009 on various farms throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and the Pacific Northwest.
In 2012, Emma moved from Santa Cruz, CA to Philadelphia, PA. She apprenticed at The Seed Farm, where she graduated from their Beginning Farmer Training Program in 2013. She then moved to the Lehigh Valley to begin Kneehigh Farm.
Emma first approached agriculture through Permaculture: heavy on observation and nature connection and light on commercial production. Her philosophy now combines ecology with a commitment to making a viable and satisfying living through farming. The ethics of Permaculture—Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share—resonate through Kneehigh Farm, entering its sixth year of production.
In the winter of 2015, Kneehigh moved to seven acres at Lundale Farm Inc., a non-profit that rents land and housing to sustainable farm operations. The site is an opportunity for Kneehigh Farm to create a viable farm business from bare ground, and regenerate a farmscape that has been mismanaged for years. Emma's goals are to leave this land more fertile than it was found, to install infrastructure necessary for a similarly-sized vegetable farm, and leave future farmers with a fully equipped vegetable operation.
Emma is excited to have folks visit the farm, dirty their hands, and connect with where their food is grown. In her years apprenticing, these sensations and realizations pushed Emma to pursue farming as a career. It is her firm belief that everyone should get to experience the visceral satisfaction of being in nature and nurturing others. She can’t wait to share that experience with you at Kneehigh.