Black Dirt!

The Center is uniquely situated on prime muck soil or “black dirt,” formed when the region’s first farmers…

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Into the Misty Sunrise Angelo Marcialis

Organic Farming

How is organic farming different from conventional farming? Organic farming refers to agricultural production systems that do not…

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Welcome!


Situated on more than 270 acres of Orange County’s extremely fertile black dirt, the Chester Agricultural Center is conserving prime farmland, making it available on long-term affordable leases and putting it to its best use: growing clean, local food using organic management practices.

The CAC is working to build a stronger and more equitable regional food system, and a regenerative thriving local economy. Area farmers, leaders, values-aligned non-profit organizations and other stakeholders have stepped forward in support. The Center promotes greater awareness among farmers, workers, social investors and the community of the challenges and opportunities in the current farm-labor economy. Read More!

Our Farms & Our Farmers