Visiting the Farm

 
The Drive to Kimberton CSA is minimum 2.5 hours one way, could be 3 or more depending on the route and if you make stops.  The address to Kimberton CSA is: 415 W. Seven Stars Rd., Phoenixville, PA 19460.  Directions are below.

For overnight accommodations, volunteering on the farm and other general information, scroll down to the blue highlighted titles.  For information and directions to Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, scroll to the end, title in red.

There are several routes to take.  The first is shortest, about 2.5 with tolls.  The 3rd (3 hrs) and last (longer) have no tolls. 


Directions to Kimberton CSA, from Google

https://goo.gl/maps/ahWjCqSKkop


Next is a little simpler, slightly longer, also tolls.

Should be shortest route, with tolls.  Says 2 hours 50 minutes 133 miles

Starting from Washington DC are on I-495 E;  Take exit 27 to merge onto I-95 N toward Baltimore Partial toll road            67.4 mi

Take exit 93 for MD-222 toward Perryville/Port Deposit.      .3 mi

Turn right onto MD-222 N/Perrylawn Dr; Continue to follow Perrylawn Dr       2.8 mi

Turn right onto MD-276/Jacob Tome Hwy; Continue to follow MD-276       5.1 mi

At the traffic circle, continue straight onto MD-276/Rising Sun Rd;

Continue to follow MD-276          .5 mi.

Turn right onto US-1 N/Conowingo Rd.  Continue to follow US-1 N;  Entering Pennsylvania                 10.3 mi

Take the PA-10 exit toward Cochranville/Oxford               .2 mi

Turn right onto PA-10 N/Limestone Rd; Continue to follow PA-10 N         14.0 mi

Turn right onto U.S. 30 E;      .3 mi

Slight right to stay on U.S. 30 E          12.8 mi

Exit onto PA-113 N/W Uwchlan Ave toward PA-100/Lionville; Continue PA-113 N        10.0 mi

Turn left onto Hares Hill Rd            1.1 mi 

Turn left onto W Seven Stars Rd     .3 mi

Destination will be on the left just past the Seven Stars Dairy Farm and across from the Kimberton Waldorf School

415 W 7 Stars Rd; Phoenixville, PA 19460


Alternate directions via Baltimore:

Set your trip meter to zero at the ramp from the DC Beltway 495 getting on to I-95 North. (The distances may vary slightly.)

At mile 22            exit to 695 West (Baltimore Beltway) which leads to I-83 North

At mile 39            exit to I-83 North toward York, PA.

At mile 84            exit #21A route 30 East, Arsenal Rd. toward Lancaster.

At mile 108,         near Harrisburg Pike, take exit to Rt. 222 North toward Reading.

At mile 118          exit Rt. 322, Ephrata. Go right at the light coming off of the highway to go East.  

At mile 125          go left on route 23 East. (Carini’s Restaurant is on the corner where you turn.)  On 23, you will cross Rt. 10, the PA turnpike turnoff, and numerous other lesser routes. 

At mile 146          Cross route 100; gas station on the corner. Go about 10-12 minutes more, pass Seven Stars Inn and turn right onto Seven Stars Road.  Follow along until the road makes a sharp left turn

Turn right into Kimberton CSA which is just before Seven Stars Dairy (on right) and the Kimberton Waldorf School (on left).  On the right is a small parking lot by a shed/barn; the garden is to the right. 


Alternative Directions via Gettysburg:

-Take 270 North through and past Frederick

-270 turns into rt 40 and then rt 15; stay on route 15 north to Gettysburg, PA (roughly 1 hour from Bethesda to PA)

- After about 1 hr 15 minutes take a right on RT 30 EAST York Rd

-Meander through a few towns including going thru 2 traffic circles staying on RT 30 EAST toward YORK and LANCASTER

-After total of 1 3/4 hrs bear RIGHT to follow RT 30 EAST toward Lancaster

-GO Past RT 222 North

-EXIT onto Route 23 EAST New HOLLAND AVE/PIKE

-make a LEFT at the light

-make sure when you cross rt 322 (at Carini’s Restaurant) that you stay on RT 23 (straight across intersection)

-cross over RT 100 (keep going straight) pass Ridge Fire Co.

-there is a large white building called the “Historic 7 Stars Inn” Go right one block past the Inn onto Seven Stars Rd. 

- To go to the CSA Garden, follow Seven Stars Rd as it makes a sharp left, pass the long driveway on your right, turn right into Kimberton CSA which is just before Seven Stars Dairy and the Kimberton Waldorf School.

 

Refreshments, bathrooms and what else is nearby:

The Kimberton Whole Foods store is lovely.  From the farm, turn right onto Seven Stars Road, pass the Waldorf School and Seven Stars Farm, through the 1 lane tunnel bridge and continue to Kimberton Road.  Turn right and the store is further down on your left.

KWF is open 8am-8pm M-F, 9-6 Sat and 10-6 Sun.  There is also Kimberton Inn on the next corner, just beyond the store, which is a restaurant (not accommodations) for a full meal.  Or, BYO and eat in the field or by the creek for a real country outing.

Camphill Village is further down Kimberton Road.  After the store, go straight through the 4 way stop sign,  the name changes to Pughtown Rd.  Go couple of miles and the small sign to enter Camphill Village is on your right.

There are bathrooms at the Kimberton Whole Foods store and the newly renovated Cafe/bakery building at Camphill Village which is on Camphill Drive (the only main road in the village) past the mansion, on the left just before Rose Hall.  There is also a bathroom in the barn at Seven Stars Dairy.  

The Sankanac CSA garden of Camphill Village can be found by going straight through the village to the T at French Creek Road.  Turn right and park at the barn on the right.  Walk past the barn down the stone road to the big garden. 

Overnight Accommodations

Camping or Cabins at French Creek State Park, 30-45 minutes away west on Rt. 23, Right on Rt. 345.  There are 2 lakes and lots of things to do. For information, http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/frenchcreek.aspx

or 1-800-637-2757 or 610-582-9680 or frenchcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us.

> If you wish to camp on the farm, primitive style, please plan ahead of time by contacting spiritualfood@schooloflife.org or the farm directly. This is very important as others live and work in this space.  You could potentially BYO tent and camp in the yard of the intern house which is just beyond the Seven Stars Dairy entrance (same parking lot) and use the facilities at the house if arranged in advance.  Nearby French Creek is also great for a refreshing wash morning, noon or night. 

> Bed & Breakfasts are also abundant in the nearby Valley Forge area.  Search the internet and ask how close they are to Kimberton which is just West of Phoenixville.  (If someone wants to do a little research on this for putting on this website, let us know!) We may have some business cards of this on the bulletin board at the CSA garage in Bethesda.

Volunteering on the Farm

Yes! You are welcome.  The Farm works Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings until about noon.  If you want to go on a weekend, they can arrange things for Saturday and Sunday.  Please contact spiritualfood@schooloflife.org and your request will be forwarded to the farm.

Precautions

Birgit and Erik Landowne and the garden team are very warm and welcoming.  They also work VERY hard meaning they have lots of things to do every day and also need private time for family, meals and rest.  Please be courteous and respectful of their time and do not wear out our welcome!

Poison Ivy and ticks (yes, the lyme disease carrying type) are a part of country life here as in many places.  Poison ivy, a 3 leaf plant growing low as ground cover or climbing up trees, usually hovers around the edges of fields, the creek and roads.  To avoid, stay in open areas such as the garden and on the roads.  Ticks are in the open fields and the woods.  To try to avoid, wear closed shoes and tuck pants legs into socks, wear a hat in the woods, sit on tarps.  Check everyone in your party for ticks when you leave or get home looking for the teeny tiny pinhead tick which is the disease carrying one.  Also, just as an extra pre-caution, if any disease symptoms appear in the following weeks or month or two please do not discount them.  Lyme disease is VERY treatable quite successfully if caught early, very difficult if not. (Symptoms are aching joints, swollen lymph nodes, possibly a rash, flu like symptoms.  (If you wish, there’s plenty more information on this on the internet.)

If you need further direction,
try calling Spiritual Food at 301-654-4899 or 301-654-6759.  On Farm Tour days, you may call the cell phones of Victor 240-483-9458 or Lakshmi 240-855-4456 if you are late or lost.


Headed to Camphill Village Kimberton Hills?
http://www.camphillkimberton.org/

Spiritual Food has a long standing relationship with this life-sharing community.  Our bread, milk/cheese comes from here as did our vegetables for 5 years before they downsized.  Camphill is part of the Spiritual Food CSA farm tour. 

GPS?  here is what Camphill Village says:  Many GPS systems cannot locate us, so we suggest using Google Maps for turn by turn directions.  Click here for Google Maps Turn-by-Turn Directions.

OR -- here are directions to Camphill Village

Should be shortest route, with tolls.  Says 2 hours 50 minutes 133 miles

Starting from Washington DC are on I-495 E;  Take exit 27 to merge onto I-95 N toward Baltimore Partial toll road            67.4 mi

Take exit 93 for MD-222 toward Perryville/Port Deposit.      .3 mi

Turn right onto MD-222 N/Perrylawn Dr; Continue to follow Perrylawn Dr       2.8 mi

Turn right onto MD-276/Jacob Tome Hwy; Continue to follow MD-276       5.1 mi

At the traffic circle, continue straight onto MD-276/Rising Sun Rd;

Continue to follow MD-276          .5 mi.

Turn right onto US-1 N/Conowingo Rd.  Continue to follow US-1 N;  Entering Pennsylvania                 10.3 mi

Take the PA-10 exit toward Cochranville/Oxford               .2 mi

Turn right onto PA-10 N/Limestone Rd; Continue to follow PA-10 N         14.0 mi

Turn right onto U.S. 30 E;      .3 mi

Slight right to stay on U.S. 30 E          12.8 mi

Exit onto PA-113 N/W Uwchlan Ave toward PA-100/Lionville; Continue PA-113 N        10.0 mi

Turn left onto Hares Hill Rd         

turn left onto Coldstream Rd; go straight and it becomes Kimberton Rd (pond on the left),
stay right at the fork and it becomes Pughtown Road,

go another half mile or so, passing Ford Road, then take the next Right onto Camphill Drive.
(look for small sign on the right that says either Camphill Village Kimberton Hills or Camphill Cafe)


To find the bakery, cafe, Rose Hall in the center of the village, continue on Camphill Drive as it winds around (skipping the side streets/driveways) until you approach a mansion type building, bear right around that driveway and keep going on the same main road a short distance more.  On the left is a shed type building with solar panels, just after that is the baker and Camphill Village Cafe.  Park in small lot on right side of the road where you will see a pastel colored low building.  If you get past the buildings to an open space with a nice view, (or if the road comes to a T down by French Creek) you've gone too far.


This link gives an overview of the area.  In the center where you see Camphill Cafe is where you are headed:
https://www.google.com/maps/search/Camphill+Village+Cafe,+Camphill+Drive,+Kimberton,+PA/@40.1451979,-75.6071429,15z