Green Heron Growers is owned and operated by Steve & Julie Rockcastle. We strive to provide nourishing food for our family, friends, and community. Our goals also include enriching the mind and spirit through art, entertainment and education.
Our beautiful property is in the farmlands of Western New York in Chautauqua County. The farm has been certified organic since 2007 for shiitake mushrooms & veggies, herbs and fruits. Our chicken & egg production was certified in 2009, along with our pastures where we graze our 100% grass-fed beef. Our certifying agency is NOFA-NY, Certified Organic, LLC.
Meet The Farmers
Julie earned a degree in plant science at the University of New Hampshire. After a decade out West, she moved back to the area in 1990 and started bringing her family's unused campground in Sherman back to life as her home and future organic farm. The site hosted the first Great Blue Heron Music Festival in 1992. Julie has managed the festival for 20 years.
Steve earned a degree in commercial floriculture from Michigan State University and owned a greenhouse and floral design business, Rockcastle Florist & Grower, Inc. for nearly 30 years in Canandaigua, NY. Steve is also a talented designer and participated in decorating the White House for Christmas in 1995.
We offer farm tours, workshops and culinary experiences each year. View this season's events & calendar on this website. Hosting private tours, weddings, family reunions is also possible. Contact us to discuss your ideas. In addition, we also host the Great Blue Heron Music Festival each July, Night Lights at the Heron from August into September, The Great Rhythm Revival the first weekend in August, and Heron Bluegrass in mid August. There are many opportunities to come visit us! Join in the magic that is The Heron. The Heron- Diversity through Stewardship