Last month a few of us at Kimberton Whole Foods had the opportunity to visit Yellow Springs Farm in Chester Springs, just a few miles from our Kimberton store. The road to the farm winds down into a valley where old meets new. Stone barns, farmhouses and modern developments dot the hillside, all well integrated into the landscape. As we pull into the driveway, we see several goats enjoying breakfast in the pasture and Catherine Renzi waving, welcoming us to the farm.
For over a century, Yellow Springs Farm was one the largest dairy farms in the Philadelphia area, providing dairy products made from cow’s milk to all of Chester County. When Al and Catherine Renzi purchased the farm in 2001, they made sure that the land would stay true to its heritage by securing an easement with French and Pickering Conservation Trust to protect it from development, and to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy it. The Renzi’s have made it their priority to “connect sustainable landscapes to sustainable food systems,” and it comes through in the way that they have transformed the farm while remaining loyal to its roots. They paid homage to the history of the farm by continuing to produce dairy products made from the nutrient rich milk of their herd of 60+ Nubian goats. They have also chosen to honor the land by starting a native plant nursery, raising plants that are indigenous to the area to help to support the natural ecosystem.