About/Contact

Modisher family
The Shelterbelt farmers: Craig, Rowan, Erica, and Phoenix

Shelterbelt Farm is the pride and joy of the Frenay/Modisher family: Craig, Erica and their young children Rowan and Phoenix. Started as a homestead in 2005, 2010 was our first year of operation as an official farm. We’re located in the scenic rolling hills of Caroline, NY, in the Finger Lakes region just southeast of Ithaca. The farm is home to three generations of Modishers, and cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, bees, fruit trees, and vegetables.

We farm because we are passionate about regenerating the health of ourselves, our customers, and our land, by managing our animals in a way that builds soil and plant diversity, provides a low-stress, happy life for our animals, and produces nourishing pasture-raised meats. We believe that all-natural production practices, superior taste and quality, and good environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand.

In our “spare” time, Craig runs Ironwood Builders with his business partners, and Erica works at the Cornell Small Farms Program as the co-manager of the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project – convenient, eh?

Shelterbelt Farm is located in Caroline, NY, about 9 miles southeast of Ithaca. Our farm is on Creamery Road, which begins just across from the Caroline Town Hall, in Slaterville Springs, off Rte 79. Creamery Road is short; less than two miles long. Our official address is 200 Creamery Road, and you can most easily find us at the 90 degree bend in the road. Our driveway is immediately downhill from that turn.

Call Craig and Erica at 607-342-3771 or email us at info@shelterbeltfarm.com.

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