LONG POND, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It’s another big weekend at the Pocono Raceway as the Gander Outdoors 400 speeds into town. This year, there’s an exciting new project happening near the track.
Ashley Walsh had a dream, and now she’s watching it grow.
“I drive by this field every day and was thinking of things we could do,” she says.
A once thriving spinach farm on Pocono Raceway’s property will now be home to Pocono Organics.
“It’s going to be one of the very few sustainable non GMO organic farms in the country, and one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in North America to start,” says Nick Igdalsky, CEO, Pocono Raceway.
Walsh envisions a state-of-the-art barn and 40-thousand-square feet of greenhouses.
People can purchase produce through a year-round farmers market. “And have everything from herbs to vegetables to fruits and grains,” Walsh explains.
Pocono Organics will pull its power from the track’s nearby solar farm.
Walsh’s grandparents founded the Pocono Raceway. Current leaders say this fits perfectly with their mission to be sustainable.
“To provide such clean and healthy produce, yeah, it feels really good,” Igdalsky smiles.
This is a partnership with Rodale Institute, which focuses on the science behind organic agriculture.
“We truly believe that organic is the success for all people’s health and the health of the soil and the planet,” says Jeff Moyer, Executive Director, Rodale Institute.
The project brings about 100 jobs. Eventually, there will be a venue space for weddings and wellness retreats.
Some planting will start this fall.