Cheyenne & Sean Zigmund
About Root 'N Roost Farm
Owned and operated by Sean and Cheyenne Zigmund, we are an all natural, beyond-organic, human-powered, human-scale permaculture based farm. Whew! All our farm-fresh products are grown by hand, using no machinery and only hand tools using techniques that work in concert with Mother Nature, not against her.
Our pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys and the wonderful people who intern and work-trade on our farm help us work the land instead of using petroleum powered machinery, bringing you only the freshest vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit based on natural principles, beyond-organic, permaculture-based thinking, and true community! Unadulterated and unabashedly delicious and nutritious!
We practice permaculture-based no-till farming, and never use synthetic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, or any other petro-chemicals, EVER! Our animals and plants are grown as naturally as possible, and you're welcome to come tour our farm to see for yourself!
Unlike the common practices of most farms today, compost, cover crops, and composted manure are the only things used to keep our soil, crops, and animals healthy and happy! Common garden lime, peat moss, and local alpaca manure is all that is ever brought onto our land and mixed into our soil, and even then, it's very minimal. Take a tour of our farm and see for yourself. This is how wholesome, nutritious, unadulterated REAL FOOD is supposedly to be grown.
History and Herstory
Born out of a desire to contribute to fixing a broken food system and eat healthier, Sean and Cheyenne have been building Root 'N Roost Farm since November of 2010 from the original 1 acre parcel Sean grew up on in the Southern Catskill Mountain regions of New York State - White Sulphur Springs, NY to be exact! Sean had just moved back home to help his mother with health ailments and Cheyenne came back to Sullivan County to intern at Apple Pond Farm. They met by chance, immediately hit if off, and started getting to work on the land and in life. Chey's internship was 6 days a week, so Sean worked alone most days and Chey helped when she could. A year later, Chey moved in and the farm exploded in size from a 1/4 garden to a 2.5 acre permaculture farm with bees, fowl, pigs, gardens, fruit and nut trees, berry plantings, and a variety of re-use and natural buildings. They started an internship program in 2012 and had 16 people come and go throughout the year and have since hosted almost 100 interns and volunteers from all over the world, educating, growing, learning, creating community, and building their dreams on the soil under there feet. In 2013, they expanded onto neighboring, leasing from their neighbor, and continue to grow the farm each day. In 2014 an 11 kilowatt Solar Photovoltaic Array was installed and now powers the entire farm and sends energy into the grid for others to benefit from. In early 2015 a Solar Hot Water system was installed, providing domestic hot water powered by the sun! Soon after, an article about them made it in the Washington Post, along with other notable new articles, interviews, and radio programs about the dynamic duo. So many more exciting projects are in the works - including a self-watering 72' long greenhouse that is already in production, an off-grid bathroom for general farm use, new water storage and regenerative use, and much more! To learn more, join us for a tour of our farm. You will not be disappointed - guaranteed!
We look forward to meeting you!