Good Life Farm
Contact: Melissa Madden & Garrett Miller
Address: 4017 Hickok Road Interlaken, NY, 14847
Email Address: Melissa@thegoodlifefarm.org
Good Life Farm is our home and our work and our way to say YES. Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller bought these 69 acres in 2008 when the fields were all in corn, wheat and soy. Over the past years, we’ve created a diverse ecological farm. We’ve planted grass, bushes and trees, built buildings, put up high tunnels, fenced the property and brought in turkeys, geese, beef cows and draft horses. Our business is built for maximum positive impact- instead of focusing on doing “less” harm, we seek to do the most good for our community. For us, this means growing abundance, resilience and diversity every day. Good Life Farm is now a certified organic farm; a full diet CSA+; and home to Finger Lakes Cider House, our collaborative multi-cidery Tasting Room.
In common with many of our compatriots, our farm is based on the vitality of our soil. We largely focus on growing perennials- grass for livestock, long lived vegetables like asparagus and our orchard of peaches, apples and Asian pears. Our interplanted orchard makes for both agricultural and natural diversity, sharing of soil resources like water and fertility and a complete cycle of give and take to meet human needs. While there are certainly challenges with managing and evaluating this complex system the end result, year after year, is a habitat-rich farm full of songbirds, beneficial insects, amphibians, happy farm animals and nourished people.