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

 • Get Real. Get Organic!
 • History of Our Farm
 • Pictures of the Farm
 • Where We Buy
 • Where We Sell
 • Our Yearly Work Schedule
 • Just Pretty
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 • Newsletter Archive.
 • What We Will & Won't Ship

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

WHAT WE GROW
 • 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
 • Maple Syrup
 • Maple Syrup, p.2
 • Sugarin' Is Like Ice Fishin'
 • Our New Sugarhouse
TOMATOES
 • Tomato Seedlings
 • Tomato Seeds We Offer
 • Tomato Seed Production
GARLIC
 • About Garlic
 • Garlic for Sale
 • Garlic Year Round
 • Mulching Garlic
 • Growing Rounds from Bulbils
 • Whole Bulbil Cluster Method
 • Planting Garlic

MULCHING
 • Using Mulches
 • Combatting Quackgrass
    with Mulch

 • We Want Your Leaves!
 • In Praise of Chips

FOOD & FARMING INFO
 • Buying in Bulk for
    Storage, Canning & Freezing

 • Winter Storage Tips
 • 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
    Production

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

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

FARM TRANSITION…
    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.

-1986


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

-1990


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

-1999


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

-1997


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

-1997


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

-2010
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.

-2010
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.

-2013
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Don't throw them away!

We'll take your


Leaves

Grass Clippings

Pine Needles

and more . . .



WHAT WE WANT

  • Leaves, bagged or loose, shredded or whole. Wet leaves or dry are both OK.

  • Pine needles, bagged or loose. Pine cones and small twigs are OK.

  • Grass clippings, bagged or loose.

  • End-of-season garden waste, including pumpkins, corn and sunflower stalks, and potted plants.

  • Any of the above in any mix.

  • Manure and/or bedding from cows, horses, llamas, chickens, turkeys, sheep, rabbits or goats.

  • Old hay or straw, baled or loose, fresh or rotten.

 

When?

Any daylight hour. Seven days a week. All year round.

 

How?

Just drive in and drop it off.

The first time you stop by, you may be able to immediately see where to drop what. If its not obvious, beep your horn and we will show you where to put bagged items or loose items.

If you put things in the wrong place, its really no big deal, since we can move them with our bucket loader. Getting stuff put where we want it just saves us a little work.

 

Why?

When you bring your leaves to the dump (transfer station), they are either burned (adding to air pollution), or burried (taking up space in the landfill), or hauled away (adding to transfer station expenses).

Instead of bringing these items to the dump, where the town has to spend our tax money to handle and dispose of them, bring them to us where we will use them on our organic farm for growing our vegetables and herbs. The Town of Pittsfield has estimated that we annually recycle 55-60 tons of organic waste materials from town residents, each year saving the town's transfer station over $3,000 in handling costs.

You'll be feeding a farm that feeds your community.

 

What do we do with it all?

We are eager to receive your organic matter for use as mulch and in our compost piles. Composts and mulches are basic ingredients in organic farming.

We use pine needles, shredded leaves and mixes of shredded leaves and grass clippings as a mulch on our planting beds. Plantings where we use mulches include tomatoes, celery, garlic, asparagus, rhubarb and perennial herbs.

Mulch is a layer of organic matter which is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weed growth, keep the beds from freezing in the winter and keep the soil cooler in the summer. During the growing season, the action of soil microbes and earthworms eventually break down the mulch and it becomes humus, adding to the fertility of our soil.

Whole leaves, garden waste and grass clippings are used to build to our compost piles. These items are mixed with cow manure and hay, then piled high to heat as the microbes do their magic. The piles are turned several times during the following year. This completely remixes the ingredients, and adds air to the interior of the pile to keep the microbes active.

Each time the piles are turned, the original ingredients become less and less identifiable as they decompose their way to finished compost.

Eventually, in the third year, the compost piles are loaded into our manure spreader and spread onto our five acres of gardens. The compost is then disked into the soil and seeds are planted or transplants set out.

Meanwhile, every year we have compost piles in the building stages and the turning stages.

This is basically the same process nature uses in forests and fields; we just organize it and speed it up a bit.

If you would like to know more about how we do things, or would like a tour of our compost piles or mulched beds, we would be more than glad to share with you what we are doing. More info about composting and mulching can be found at our website http://snakeroot.net/farm/UsingMulches.shtml

Where are we? We are located on the Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield. You can find us by going 1/2 mile down the Snakeroot Road from the Weeks Road end. Our driveway is called Organic Farm Road and is on the right, opposite the first house on the left. If you look down our driveway, you can see our sign.

At the end of our driveway is a large open gravel area with plenty of room even to turn your trailer around in and drop your load.



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

Gardening for the public since 1995.



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