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 • From a Run Out Hayfield to
    a Prosperous Organic Farm
    in Ten Easy Years

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 • History of Our Farm
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 • Where We Buy
 • Where We Sell
 • Our Yearly Work Schedule
 • Just Pretty
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 • What We Will & Won't Ship

 • Working Here
 • Our Apprentices
 • Our Farm Workers
 • Pictures of Us at Market

 • Fresh Vegetables
 • Fresh Fruit
 • Fresh Herbs
 • Perennials
 • Aloe - a magical plant
 • Our Bird Houses
 • Lupines
 • Rosemary Plants
 • Lovage, Tansy & Yarrow
 • Our Product Brochures
 • Dried Vegetables
 • Dried Culinary Herbs
 • Maple Syrup
 • Maple Syrup, p.2
 • Sugarin' Is Like Ice Fishin'
 • Our New Sugarhouse
 • Tomato Seedlings
 • Tomato Seeds We Offer
 • Tomato Seed Production
 • Paste Tomatoes
 • About Garlic
 • Garlic for Sale
 • Garlic Year Round
 • Mulching Garlic
 • Growing Rounds from Bulbils
 • Whole Bulbil Cluster Method
 • Planting Garlic

 • Using Mulches
 • Combatting Quackgrass
    with Mulch

 • We Want Your Leaves!
 • In Praise of Chips

 • Buying in Bulk for
    Storage, Canning & Freezing

 • Winter Storage Tips
 • How to Freeze Our Veggies
 • Building Techniques
 • Our Outbuildings
 • Evolution of the Farm Table
 • The Story of Our Cooler
 • Prepping Veggies for Market
 • Crop Rotations
 • Drip Irrigation
 • Low Pressure Water
 • Planting with Spreadsheets
 • Greenhouse Vegetable

 • Let-tuce Begin
 • Recipe Favorites
 • Our "Remay Roller"
 • Gardening Class Notes
 • Your Most Expensive Crop

 • Being Green
 • Digging Potatoes by Hand
 • Farmers' Markets in 2012
 • History of Pittsfield
 • Hybrids or Open Pollinated?
 • Making Websites
 • Open Source Software

    Our Retirement Plan
 • How Should a Farmer Retire?
 • Impediments to the want-to-be     farmer
 • Reducing the Value
    of the Land

 • Who Will Farm Here When
    We're Gone?

 • Apprentice Terms and Stages
 • From Apprentices to Partners
 • Transferring Farm Ownership

…and now for something completely different…

At dawn
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
    on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
    on the lake side.


The constant swish-swish of skis
    On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
    On a day long drive.


My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
And thinks
Nothing of it.


Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.


Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
A toad!


Delicate puffs
of marshmallow snow
carefully perched
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.

Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.

Sugarin' Chores
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
And Spring.


(Click on pix to enlarge.)

The sign at the end of the driveway. The sign at the end of our driveway.

Redfield Apple
BlossomGrafted in 1998, this Redfield apple blossoms in late May, 2005. Redfield is a cross between a crabapple and a Wolf River, and has red flesh.
By late May wintered-over parsley (left) and Swiss chard (right) are going to seed in the Sunroom attached to our home. We removed these soon after this photo and replaced them with cherry tomatoes and cukes for the summer. Sunroom in May
Greenhouse One in late April. In the foreground are summer squashes soon ready to be transplanted outdoors. On the right is the potting table where all the work gets done. Growing in the raised beds are beet greens, lettuce, carrots and summer turnips. Planting in the ground in the greenhouse starts in February for harvests starting in early May when the farmers' markets open. Greenhouse in April
In early May Tom inspects the fall planted garlic which is already a foot high. Planted from garlic rounds instead of cloves, the bulbs will be harvested in early August. In July the "scapes" (curly-cue tops of the garlic plants) are cut and brought to market for an early taste of fresh real garlic. Tom in the garlic.
We grow three rows of lettuce on a bed (green in the foreground, red in backround). On the right are radishes and beet greens, covered with floating row covers to protect against the flea beetles. Beyond the row covers is the hayfield where we cut hay mulch for tomatoes and celery. Remay in lower garden.

In October and November residents of Pittsfield bring their leaves to our farm. We have become the official dropoff point for leaves for the town, and people come here instead of going to the landfill. The Town estimates this results in a savings of over $3,000 annually to taxpayers. As the leaves arrive, we sort out shredded leaves and pine needles, which go immediately into a separate pile to be used for mulch, and the rest are mixed with cow manure and composted for a year. Any not used by midsummer are stored for a few years to produce leaf mold to be used in potting soil. See more about using leaves for mulch at our Using Mulches page.

Leaf Pile 6-Nov-05

Angelica is one of several perennial herbs we grow in "side gardens". This one is about to bloom in late June, 2004, and almost obscures Lois's daughter Lori.
Since angelica seed is short-lived, we gather seed every two or three years to sell at market and start some seedlings for sale in pots. With a strong celery-anise flavor, spring shoots of angelica are used as a celery substitute. Later in the season, the red stalks are candied for use in holiday cooking. The entire plant dies back to the ground each winter.

Lori in Angelica, 2004

27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield Maine 04967
owned and operated by
Tom Roberts & Lois Labbe
Tom: Tom@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5417
Lois: Lois@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5418

Gardening for the public since 1995.

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