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We are a Certified Organic Farm providing a broad range of vegetables, small fruit, maple syrup, and processed food items to outlets in the Pioneer Valley. We grow organic strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, garlic, basil, tomatoes of many kinds, squash, onions, beets, carrots.

Our Pesto has been praised by some as 'the best pesto they have ever had'. Our Strawberry&Rhubarb Compote as well Maple Syrup are gaining reputation for their unique home made flavour.

We are an open farm and welcome visitors to the farm to gain first hand knowledge of farming and organic growing practices.

 

October/December/2013 - July/August 2014 - Farm News

The perennial fields of rhubarb and asparagus have been mowed down and are ready for an annual dusting of agricultural line, but for last week’s fiasco . . . My two tractors both broke down in the field. This has put a stop to all jobs except those that are purely cosmetic. Last Fall’s fiasco (not getting the garlic planted) hopefully will be diverted because I got the beds prepared just before the breakdowns. It’s taxing my knowledge of growing and my ability to manage “unnatural acts.” They call it Yankee ingenuity. I call it a “bummer.” Best part is that Charles, my five-year-old soon to be a six-year-old, is getting plenty of exposure to the field and has taken to it with enthusiasm. While I lay out the rows for the Gallic, he directs my every move “turn right, go straight, turn left . . . “ He’s like my own little GPS that he listens to when we are traveling in the car. The compost heaps have been turned. So I hook up the manure spreader to one tractor and load it with my second tractor (well, did). And give the fields a fall application of agricultural line at the rate of 400 pounds per quarter acre. Now this isn’t scientific but it’s effective.

All of a sudden I get a twinge in my lower back. “Oh no” I say to myself. “There goes the rest of Fall preparation!” I hurriedly get back to the house and take some Motrin and an ice pack to head off serious dysfunctions in my back. I hope it works, or my winter vacation will start early.

December 2013

The quality of your life goes down directly proportionally to the number of internal combustion engines you own. After taking a year rest from farming I am back at it for the coming season. I purchased a John Deere 1050 tractor which is the big brother of my 850 I have been using for more than 20 years. The 1050, although it is similar in looks to the 850, it is a really agricultural tractor as opposed to the 850, which is a General-purpose  tractor. I purchased the 1050 as a labor-saving device. You know the routine. If brute force isn’t working, you not using enough of it. If your laborsaving devices are not saving you much labor, you don’t have enough of them. Well, Murphy’s law prevails, and you become a slave to your possessions. The 1050 broke down and had to be repaired. The front end of the four-wheel-drive mechanism broke down. In the language that I use to explain to my six-year-old son the tractor needed a knee replacement and is in the hospital. To make a long story short, I just got it back in time for the seasons’ first big snowstorms.  God is good!  Just before the 1050 broke-down I got 400 feet of Gallic planted a month later than it should have. Better late than never. Of course I have another 400 row-feet that did not get planted. Unless I can come up with some tricks of the trade, it’s call Yankee ingenuity, the second 400 feet will have to find a home. Maybe I will plant it the first in the Spring and see how it goes.  That’s all the news that’s fit to print.

 July - August

Regardless of the long Winter and abbreviated Spring, Gallic bulbs are ready to harvest  Oh, I forgot 600 roots of strawberry plants and dozens of fall crops to plant. Do we have any volunteers? All those who profess to want to get their “hands in the dirt” here are your opportunity in the next two days and over the weekend of July 17 and 18 and possibly 19.  

The weather has not been cooperative to planting except we don’t need any moisture. My motto is, if you want to help, just show up. There is plenty of work in the next few days and will determine the overall success or failure for this year’s season. Thanks to Tom and Janine and their daughter who came down from Heaven as Angels to help. Also my son Darden and daughter Christine to help at a critical time. It is written, God will provide.

Best, Jim

 

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