Meg Paska

Women Who Inspire Us

How This Farm Girl is Cultivating a Lifelong Dream of Living Back to Basics from the Inside Out. Meg Paska is a former Brooklyn homesteader and urban beekeeper turned suburban farmer who runs Seven Arrows farm in Rumson, New Jersey. Meg is also author of “The Rooftop Beekeeper: A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honeybees.” Growing up in Maryland, Meg found her passion for farming working alongside her mother and grandmother in their vegetable gardens while also enjoying summers on a 450-acre farmstead in rural Virginia her family managed.

Today, Meg and her partner, Neil, run Seven Arrows East. Set on twenty beautiful acres overlooking the Navesink River, Seven Arrows is a coastal retreat and sustainable farm that utilizes human-scale methods to help improve tilth by enhancing the biodiversity of its living soil. Meg tends a herd of dairy goats, a warren of rabbits, an apiary of thirteen beehives, a flock of ninety egg laying hens, a dozen ducks, and two livestock guardian dogs. By all accounts, she is living the life. Meg and Neil operate a CSA on Seven Arrows that feeds forty-five families.

She shares her passion with others by teaching an array of classes and workshops including: canning, homebrewing, raising chickens, gardening, beekeeping, goat’s milk soap making, and many other topics related to self-sufficiency. You can also find Meg at local farmer’s markets in Sea Bright and Asbury Park where she shares their bounty and sustainable knowledge with members of local communities.