Local farm gives neurodivergent people a place to flourish

ELIJA Farm sits on 10 acres of land in the middle of South Huntington, and while it honors the island's agriculture past - it's a big part of the future too.

Alex Calamia

Apr 17, 2024, 11:24 AM

Updated 37 days ago


ELIJA Farm is a sustainable nonprofit that sits on 10 acres of land in South Huntington, just minutes away from the border of Nassau County. It's rare to see any farmland on this densely developed part of the island, and the organization serves more than delicious produce for the community.
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Debora Thivierge founded ELIJA Farm in 2016 on land that was owned and farmed for more than 50 years. Thivierge is a special education expert without any agriculture background but saw the learning opportunities a farm could bring to the neurodivergent community.
The previous landowners, Larry Foglia and Heather Forest shared a passion for sustainable agriculture and collaborated with ELIJA to start the nonprofit's Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA).
Through a CSA, members pay upfront for a weekly delivery of the farm's fresh vegetables, blooms, and produce. All the food is at peak nutrition and flavor because it's grown locally, organically, and hand-picked. The revenue supports innovative learning experiences for neurodivergent people that benefit from an outdoor environment.
Join their CSA Program: Click here.
The farm uses certified, non-GMO seeds from suppliers in addition to seed stock from previous seasons. The farm is organic which means they do not use chemical pesticides as mitigation. Their companion planting method attracts predatory and pollinating insects to reduce pressure from pests right from the start. Pests that do arrive are deterred with physical barriers like netting and row covers and hand pick pests from plants.

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