Fall22Digital - Flipbook - Page 14
(Photo courtesy of Ethos Farm)
Medicine for the Earth, the Community,
and the World
Article by Alice Roche Cody
Photography by Kelly Joyce
and Photos Courtesy of Ethos Farm
Above - Ron Weiss, MD, in the “Doctor’s Market” at Ethos Farm.
thos Farm in Long Valley was hopping. At the Doctor’s Farm
Market, patrons perused the artfully displayed organic fruits
and vegetables, from the ever-so-flavorful strawberries to the robust
peppery arugula and the tart, crunchy radishes. Nearby, a blond
boy with a toy truck in one hand and his mom’s in the other,
checked out a large digger parked near the barn. Another couple
enjoyed a healthy snack at a shaded table. Over in the fields, inside
the greenhouse, a farmer tended trellised tomato plants.
Tucked in the valley of Schooley’s Mountain, this 342-acre picturesque farm is a place for healing: for patients who visit the
onsite medical practice and pick up their prescribed produce; for
neighbors who purchase hearty greens; for the earth, through farming practices that enrich the soil. Employees, so passionate about
their heartfelt mission, that growers and medical staff alike tear up
when describing their efforts. Everyone here joins together to save
the world, one leafy bite at a time.
It all started with Ron Weiss, MD, dual board-certified in internal and lifestyle medicine, who purchased the farm in 2011. He
transplanted himself from his bustling urban medical center in
West New York, NJ, where his clinic did everything from delivering 30 babies a year to coding strangers dropped off from the nearby bus stop. When the financial strain from falling insurance reimbursements forced him to close his otherwise thriving practice, the
Garden State native knew it was time to reinvent himself.