CARI is an incorporated not-for-profit research institute that owns and operates Iroquois Farm, the Tilden Stage Bed & Breakfast, and The Country Garden Restaurant. All three are located on riverfront land on the St. Lawrence River between the border of New York State and Canada.
Iroquois Farm consists of 250 acres of prime farm land located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The 25 acre section between the River and New York State Route # 37 is the site of all the farm buildings, including the Tilden Stage Inn and B&B, The Country Garden Restaurant, the main barn, the machine barn, two shops, a garden house, two 96 X 35 foot green houses and two residences.
This site is also the location of the garden while additional crop land, sugar bush and woodlot are located across the Highway. There are 12 fields with about 150 acres of crop land. Nearly 40 acres of the land have drainage tile installed. The farm has 80 acres of woodland, and intends to develop perimeter roads for the various horse drawn surreys, and coaches of the Institute, as well as for biking and waling.
The Purpose of CARI is to research the suitability of the crop land located along the U.S.–Canada border and the 45th latitude for a variety of vegetable, herb, forage and grain crops using traditional sustainable agricultural and organic methods of production.
Our Mission Statement:
“To cultivate, foster, and promote interest and participation in agriculture, the production of healthful food, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
To establish and conduct seminars and research projects for individuals in the agricultural industry in organic farming and “alternative agricultural methods” and act as an interpretive center for “sustainable organic gardening and biodynamic farming,” good nutrition and a healthful life plan.
To provide for the delivery and holding of lectures, exhibitions, public meetings, classes and conferences calculated directly or indirectly to advance the cause of agricultural education whether general, professional or technical.”
In addition to research plots, CARI operates a commercial garden and two greenhouses certified organic by NOFA New York Certified Organic, LLC. CARI also raises organic crops such as soy, wheat, corn and in 2018 will have a license to grow Industrial Hemp from New York State. The income from gardening and farming supports the programs of the Institute.
CARI’s seminars and field days are open to the public, either free or for a small charge. These educational programs provide information about organic and sustainable agriculture methods, as well as marketing opportunities and other matters of interest to farmers, gardeners and others. CARI plans to organize a training program for students, returning Veterans and others interested in learning about Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture in conjunction with local colleges.
JOIN CARI and receive some or all of the following benefits:
- Copies of all newsletters and published information from CARI without charge.
- A discount at the Tilden Stage Bed and Breakfast and the Country Garden Restaurant when visiting the Farm.
- A discount at the Country Garden Gift and Antique shop
- Invitation to all Member Functions, usually two free functions each year.
- Participation in the Iroquois Farm CSA at a reduced cost.
- Exclusive hunting & fishing privileges.
- Opportunity to invest in a Condo at Iroquois Farm Village, with a Marina and a year around green house attached, for year around growing, all with geothermal & solar sustainable heating and cooling.
There are many ways you can participate, either as a Member, Volunteer or Apprentice, or, by simply making a donation.