By Maya Rader
Acevedo Farm is the definition of a family farm. The entire operation is run by 16-year-old Alexis Acevedo, his brother, his sister, and their parents in Goshen, NY. Although the ten-acre produce farm is not organic, it doesn’t use pesticides (except on their corn). They opted not to become certified organic, like many other farmers at the Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket, because of the complex and bureaucratic process to get certification. “It takes up to ten years,” said Acevedo. Acevedo Farm sells many types of produce including peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and chard.
Before Acevedo was a farmer in Goshen, he lived in the nearby city of Middletown. When he was ten years old, he moved to Goshen, where his family started the farm.
Acevedo said one of his favorite parts of working on the farm is driving a tractor, which he has done since he was eleven.
“That’s the most fun thing to do on the farm,” said Acevedo.