With demand for the wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations so I made the decision years ago to begin cultivating ramps by planting seeds and bulbs purchased from our friends at Mountain Gardens.
Ramps are usually not sustainably harvested as many dig up these plants with rhizomes attached but new harvesters may be unaware of the practice which kills the plant and it takes five years for ramps to be mature enough to harvest. If harvesting levels keep rising, fewer plants will be left behind and populations may decline.
Forest farming of ramps offers us an alternative to wild harvesting and allows these endangered plants to propogate themselves in our protected forest at our farm to be available for future generations to come.
We acknowledge and respect that S.C Specialties is located on the indigenous land of the Lenape First Nation and recognize the peoples who have lived and continue to live on these lands. Our farm is where we aim to leave a forest in our footsteps. My name is Sergio and have been working in the restaurant kitchen world for over ten years, feel very passionate about what I grow and am very excited to showcase our high quality foods to arrive directly to your door. We are always exploring different ways to restore our forest ecosystem, build soil, and preserve water quality while producing food, medicine and materials. We help steward 40 acres of preserved land and are actively creating a forest nursery, operate multiple food production sites including our log cultivated mushroom yard and many sansai vegetables which we grow under the forest canopy. We are happy to answer any of your questions with full transparency about any of our sustainability farm practices for everything we grow and forage. If you are looking for something special that is not listed on our page please feel free to reach out. We would like to thank you for looking at our store and look forward to working with you.