Don't throw them away!
We'll take your
and more . . .
WHAT WE WANT
- Leaves, bagged or loose, shredded or whole. Wet leaves or dry are both
- 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
- 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.
Any daylight hour. Seven days a week. All year round.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.