Noah Field Team - Sean the Farmer


We are proud to introduce our newest Noah Field team member Sean Pilger. The Field Team is a diverse group of individuals, typically from outside our industry, whose physically active, engaged lives give them a unique perspective of the world.

Sean Pilger, runs The HOG Farm (formerly known as the Hamlet Organic Garden) in Brookhaven, New York, a rural hamlet on the south shore of Long Island.

Since 2005, Pilger has overseen the HOG's cultivation of ecologically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers on 15 acres with the help of 5 full-time employees and 5 part time field hands. While the operation gets most of its support from CSA membership (who pay and have the option to work in the fields for a reduced price of the share of the farm's harvests) and proceeds from its farm stand, Sean and his staff have recently added a unique series of events to bolster the HOG's visibility in the Long Island agricultural community. These include Strawberry Fest, the Shuck You!!! BBQ, intimate seated dinners on the property, live music, and a winter speakeasy in their feed shed.

We are honored to welcome Sean to the Field Team, and eager to hear what's going on in his physically-engaged, environmentally-sustainable corner of the outside world.

Can you talk us through the process of how you choose the crops that are grown on the farm?

We try and challenge ourselves to grow as much as we can, basically. Over the years it's been more of an editing-out process as we strive to become more economically efficient and survive in a competitive market, which is the American Way! We get inspiration for new varieties from seed catalogs, and from some of the chefs we work with. We always try a few new crops or varieties every year to keep things exciting. Our CSA and farm stand customers are always giving us feedback, so we may decide to grow less of one crop or variety and more of another based on that. Our own experience in the field of what grows best in our climate, and what us farmers like to take home to eat, also plays a role.

Tell us about the HOG Farm

HOG is primarily a vegetable-growing operation. We grow over 300 varieties of veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers. We use a blend of organic, biodynamic, and ecological growing practices to grow high-quality produce, and work in concert with the native ecosystem surrounding the farm.

How did you get into farming

I've always had a love of the outdoors, and for being self-reliant. I apprenticed on Red Fire Farm in Massachusetts the summer after graduating from Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and immediately fell in love with the ingenuity and passion of the people I found myself working with.

Can you talk us through the process of how you choose the crops that are grown on the farm?

We try and challenge ourselves to grow as much as we can, basically. Over the years it's been more of an editing-out process as we strive to become more economically efficient and survive in a competitive market, which is the American Way! We get inspiration for new varieties from seed catalogs, and from some of the chefs we work with. We always try a few new crops or varieties every year to keep things exciting. Our CSA and farm stand customers are always giving us feedback, so we may decide to grow less of one crop or variety and more of another based on that. Our own experience in the field of what grows best in our climate, and what us farmers like to take home to eat, also plays a role.