Thursday, June 26, 4-6 pm
Caretaker Farm, Sam and Elizabeth Smith,
1210 Hancock Rd., Williamstown, MA (413)-458-4309
Caretaker Farm has been operating as an organic vegetable farm successfully
for over 35 years. The 35 acre farm has 16-24 acres in pasture, 7
acres in planned stages of vegetable production, with 3 and 1/2 planted
and the remainder at rest or in rotation. Originally a market garden
with farm stand and restaurant accounts, Caretaker Farm is now and has
been a Community Supported Agriculture Farm (CSA) for the last decade.
It has 215 CSA members or sharers who purchase a
share in the annual harvest of mostly vegetables, with some small fruits and flowers.
The Smiths are currently integrating animals for farm fertility and pasture and weed management, with sheep, lambs, pigs, heifers, chickens, and a cow and calf. Future plans are to market beef and lamb to farm members/sharers. They are also pioneering solar powered electric fencing, livestock feeders and will eventually install a rooftop PV for providing barn lighting and vegetable refrigeration.
Directions: Caretaker Farm is located just under a half mile from the Five Corners Intersection which is marked by a blinking yellow light at the intersection of Rte. 7 and Rte. 43 near Williamstown. From Rte. 7 heading north, turn left at the intersection onto Rte. 43. Go one-half mile to the farm.
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