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 • What's New Here
 • Snakeroot Poultry

 • About Our Farm
 • Annual Farm Tour
 • Community Supported
    Agriculture Plan (CSA)
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
 • Subscribe to our e-newsletter.
 • Newsletter Archive.
 • 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.


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Working at
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There are three ways workers are integrated into our farm:

In all cases previous farm or garden experience is highly valued.

You can find a lot more about us by looking at our web site at www.snakeroot.net/farm. It is fairly extensive, and includes pictures of us, of the farm, and some of our farmers' markets, yearly work schedules, as well as literature we produce for educating the public at the markets. We have no livestock.

Work at the farm consists of greenhouse work (starting seedlings, trellising, watering), field work (planting, transplanting, weeding, hoeing, watering, harvesting), attending farmers' markets, and generally helping out around the place. A more complete description of what we do during the year can be found at Our Work Schedule.

We'd like to know a little about the folks who are applying to work at our farm for the coming season. Please feel free to write us about yourself, and if you think we missed any details.


This is for those who wish to work either occasionally or regularly, and commute from home. You fill in a time card for each day you work. We develop a work schedule that meets both of our needs, and expect you to stick to it since we'll be depending upon your help at various times. Our season for hiring hourly workers is from April to November.

We currently (2009) pay $8 an hour.


A summer internship is designed for students looking for summer work. We are looking for people who ideally are willing to start early in the season and stay late in the season (April thru November), but we realize that in most cases this is a dream, so we are flexible on starting and ending dates. Usually the season that works for most interns is from May or June (when our work schedule begins to move into high gear) until late August or September (when work is at its busiest), but determined by the applicant's schedule.

Interns get meals and a place to stay, shower and laundry privileges, and time off as negotiated. The type of work is more varied than that of hourly workers, and somewhat depends on initiative and previous experience.

While a pre-season visit is not absolutely necessary, it is a good idea to plan one in order to lessen possible “culture shock”of working at an ongoing farm.

Stipend is $100 per week, altho if you value the experience sufficiently we might consider charging you tuition instead ;-)

See our Intern & Apprentice Application Form.


Jack and Coco by the Kubota Apprenticeship differ from summer internships in that the work season is year-round, and the term is multi-year. Previous farming experience, while highly valued, is not as important at the ability to apply yourself and to work diligently. We host up to two apprentices at a time.

We would like our apprentices to be real apprentices in the old time sense of the word, where the apprentice learns to do what we are doing from top to bottom. We are primarily interested in hosting people who have a genuine interest in adopting farming or market gardening in their lives. We are not particularly interested in just a warm body to do work; our hourly workers are for that. Our wish is to gain fulfillment ourselves through offering an in depth experience to people who are looking to continue on in agriculture as their life's work.

Apprentices get meals and a place to stay, shower and laundry privileges, and time off as negotiated. The type of work is more varied than that of interns and hourly workers, includes involvement in farm management, and somewhat depends on initiative and previous experience.

A farm visit prior to acceptance is essential, both to lessen any “culture shock”, and so we may both get to know who we will be living with over the next year or so. If you are coming from afar, we can provide overnight accommodations.

Stipend is negotiable.

See our Intern & Apprentice Application Form.

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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