Honey from Bodhitree Farm.
A favorite of many of NYC’s top chefs, who flock to her Greenmarket stand, Nevia No came to farming a decade ago, after immigrating to the U.S. to pursue formal training in the performing arts. Ultimately, Nevia found herself pulled to her favorite art form of all — growing vegetables, which she has done for the last ten years. “I love to create these beautiful vegetables, to see them grow from seed to table,” says Nevia.
Named after the sacred tree under which The Buddha reached enlightenment, Bodhitree Farm spans 65 acres of preserved farmland located in Pemberton Township in the New Jersey Pinelands, where more than 100 different varieties of unique vegetables (most of them heirlooms) and herbs thrive.
All of their crops are chemical spray-free, treated in organic methods only as a last resort, and spreading our own compost as fertilizer. Even though this means that every year, half of their harvest is lost, it doesn’t go to waste. They throw it in a massive compost pile that will, in turn, fertilize the fields next season.
True to their name, they believe that vegetables grown with positive energy and a wonderful spirit can bring a kind of enlightenment to those who enjoy them.