Brittany Hall and Caley Brooks of Middletown, partners in life and business, searched for three years to find the ideal plot to fulfill their dream of opening a farm that relies on age-old methods of working the land.
The result is Beets & Bloom Farm in East Hampton, where the two grow organic produce and flowers in a regenerative and sustainable way. Last year, they secured 12 acres of land on Oakum Dock Road near the Portland line. Presently, Hall and Brooks plant crops on just under an acre.
At the outset, they had no farming experience; however, the pair have supportive families willing to pitch in when needed, cutting down trees, putting up fencing, and more, Hall said. “It’s a pivot for everyone.”
Hall began farming in 2018 following a career in social services, including as a housing coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency and case manager at Hawaii’s SNAP employment program. She soon became “burned out” and began seeing a career change. “Farming literally grounds you because you’ve got your hands in the soil,” Hall said.
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