Our Farm Family
The Sherman Family explained
Jerry Dell Farm
Jerry Dell Farm is the largest organic dairy farm in the northeast and neighbors Trever and Monica Sherman’s Ithaca Organics fields. Jerry Dell Farm was started by Trever’s grandparents, Gerald and Ardella Sherman, in 1946. Vaughn and Sue Sherman now manage the farm along with sons Jeremy Sherman and Ryan Sherman. In 2010, Jerry Dell Farm opened a second location in Freeville, New York to expand their production. This is the current Jerry Dell Farm Store location and an Ithaca Organics CSA pickup spot. Ithaca Organics farms land in both Dryden and Freeville locations.
Ithaca Organics is a separate family run farm owned and operated by Trever and Monica Sherman. As third generation farmers, farming is in the blood. Ithaca Organics is committed to providing quality, nutrient-rich foods while implementing sustainable farming practices.
We are proud of our family’s long farming history. Our land, simply put, offers some of the most scenic local views, best food and a lifestyle we love. Our organic practices allow us to protect our family’s legacy, improve our planet, and produce healthful fruits and vegetables. Monica and Trever share a genuine love for nature and great food. “We love seeing our customers enjoy our food grown right here on our farm! Organic farming is hard work, but it guarantees us a lifestyle we love.”
Trever Sherman grew up on the family dairy farm, but ironically never planned to be a farmer. He decided to buy some land from Grandpa in 1996 as an investment and then quickly learned it came with bills that had to be paid. Trever resorted to doing what he knows best and began working the land to sell corn, soy, and other wholesale crops. Trever has always had a passion for digging in the dirt and quality food, so it was only a matter of time before he started the farm business venture that is Ithaca Organics today. His extensive knowledge of the best varieties and of yielding high quality produce speak to his food snobbery and love of a great meal.
What does Trever do in the winter? During the off season, Trever enjoys time with his family and turns his attention to the very many business aspects of farming. He also has a small glass art business on the side and has been building the family’s home using his carpentry skills. No worries! Our produce is still available during the winter months at the Winter Ithaca Farmers’ Market.
The Farmer’s Wife
He grows it and she cooks it. What a great match, right? Monica Sherman is originally from the Hudson Valley. She grew up raising rabbits and dairy goats. Even as a child, Monica was always fascinated with natural processes including farming. She helps manage the odds and ends of the farm and household and is also a full-time special education teacher (How’s the saying go? “Behind every successful farmer there’s a wife who works in town?”). Don’t let her coordinated outfits and small stature fool you; She can hold her own on the farm and pack in food at meal times. Monica clearly shares in her husband’s affinity for quality food and is often found cooking it up, discussing recipes with CSA members or taking care of their two sons.
Seth Michiel is one-hundred-percent farm boy. Like his father, he enjoys digging in the dirt. Seth Michiel’s farm favorites include riding on farm equipment with grandpa, feeding cows and picking (and eating) berries. Unlike most toddlers, Seth Michiel has an amazing appetite and eats everything his dad grows including raw kale right off the stalk! He can often be found wearing his muck boots picking rocks and poking things with sticks.
Emmett is the newest “sprout” on the farm and addition to the Sherman family. Sharing his toys with the family cat is a favorite. He can often be found in his Moses Basket or worn by mom on the farm while greeting customers at the Jerry Dell Farm Store.
The horses or “The Girls,” Ginny and Sariay, add some much needed femininity to the Sherman household. They enjoy being ridden and socializing with cows. Despite being deemed “hay burners” by most of the guys on the farm, they are often found munching away in their back paddock or front grazing field.
Hummel and Darwin are two rabbits living on a produce farm with a constant flow of fresh veggies. They are in charge of compost management. Parsley is their farm favorite.
Desiree is the resident family cat in charge of farm pest control and solar window assessments.