Justin Seelaus, originally a Montgomery County native from Pennsylvania, grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, never truly experiencing the farm life. As a bonafide Eagle Scout, he spent much of his youth growing up in the hills and mountains of PA until he received his bachelor's degree from Delaware Valley College in Agronomy and Environmental Sciences. While attending college, he began his farming career and quickly accelerated in the field. He has worked and managed several organically certified farms in PA and NY and has relocated to the Hudson Valley to expand his skill sets and begin Wild Lea Farm with his partner Lexi Berko. In his spare time Justin manages and runs Obercreek Farm and enjoys backpacking, beekeeping and helping others.
Farmer Justin Seelaus
Farmher Lexi Berko
Lexi Berko, grew up in the suburbs of Somerset County, in central New Jersey. Due to the rapid development in the area it was not until she joined 4-H that she was exposed to agriculture. She would continue on to receive her bachelor's degree from Delaware Valley College in Conservation and Wildlife Management. While attending college, she began her farming career starting at a local dairy farm and quickly accelerated to working and managing several vegetable and livestock farms in PA and NY. After relocating to the Hudson Valley to expand her skill sets, she began Wild Lea Farm with her partner Justin Seelaus. In her spare time Lexi enjoys weaving, spinning wool, growing flowers and enjoying nature.
Wild Lea Farm strives to produce high quality pasture, raised lamb and goat products that hold high regards to animal welfare, ecological consciousness and land regeneration. By providing our animals with access to high quality pasture and forage, we are able to promote opportunities for our animals to perform natural and instinctive behaviors essential to their health and well-being while ensuring social interaction, comfort as well as their physical and psychological well-being.
Wild Lea Farm occupies approximately 30 acres in Wappingers Falls, NY which belongs to the Obercreek Estate.
Located in federally recognized historic district, the Wheeler Hill Historic District, rests along the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Wappingers Creek and atop of the Van Wyck Ridge.
Obercreek Estate built by William H. Willis in 1856, has been passed down through family members to the current residents, the Reese family, which have developed the property to host a range of agricultural operations including:
Obercreek Farm, a certified USDA Organic CSA that grows vegetable, herbs, flowers and hops,
The Obercreek Farm Stand, selling Obercreek Farm vegetables, flowers and herbs throughout the season
As well as Obercreek Brewing Company & Obercreek Cider Company
Our mature pasture and woodlands provide ideal grazing and browsing grounds for our livestock and our 19th century barn serves as a safe and comfortable area for our winter rest and our lambing and kidding.
Our farm is conveniently located one and a half hours away from central hubs such as New York City and Albany, NY.
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