Our farm is located in the Goshenhoppen region of Montgomery County Pennsylvania, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The region's first European settlers were primarily German immigrants (Pennsylvania Dutch), many of whom are our ancestors. Goshenhoppen Run is the original name of the creek that defines our southern boundary. If our farm name is too much to say in one breath, just call us Gosh Run! Thats what we call it!
Gosh Run consists of 35 acres divided into two fields by a seasonal creek and woodlot. The front field borders Faust Road and accounts for a majority of our production while the back field serves as pasture for hogs and poultry. Our farm house was built in 1773 by Leonard Boyer (Bayer) and his father Andreas, both early members of the Old Goshenhoppen Church. The Bayer family emigrated from Dackenheim, Germany to Pennsylvania in 1731.
Farming in this area presents some unique challenges. Our soils are dense due to a high silt/clay content making them easy to compact in the spring and difficult to work when dry. However, despite the unpredictable weather and challenging soil we love what we do.
Gosh Run is not certified organic. However, we are committed to using regenerative practices in our pepper and vegetable fields. Our farm land was preserved in 2021, and we are proud to be part of Pennsylvania's agricultural community.
Cheyne Geverd: I grew up in Florida, but we're originally from Pennsylvania. The family moved back to Montgomery County in 2003, and I eventually got my degree in Geological Science at Purdue. After working overseas in the oil industry for a spell I switched my career focus to regenerative agriculture, and worked on organic farms for a few seasons before starting our own farm. Our family had been playing around with hot peppers and sauce for years, so we built our farm plan around that, and Fraktured Sauce was born.
Brian and Heidi Geverd: We are "retired" (if there is such a thing) from other careers and love what the farm and Fraktured Sauce have to offer our community and region. We are excited to help make Gosh Run a growing success!