Wednesday May 22, 5-7 pm
Wood's Market Garden, Brandon
When Bob and Sally Wood retired two years ago, their long-established farm was purchased by Jon Satz, with help from the Vermont Land Trust. Jon has built on the farm's reputation for high quality and diversity. He's put up 6 new greenhouses, expanded the farm stand, and converted to organic production methods. There are 25 acres under cultivation, including 2 acres of strawberries, and 10 acres of sweet corn. The greenhouses produce bedding plants, ornamentals and greenhouse tomatoes, and the farm stand also features a variety of local products. Among the many innovations on this farm, Jon will show us his technique for transplanting corn, and the tool he uses to roll up row cover that helps it last for several years. He will also share his experience with renovating the ‘annual hill’ strawberry system.
Directions: the farm is on Route 7, 1½ miles south of Brandon and 15 miles north of Rutland.
Tuesday June 18, 5-7 pm
Crossroad Farm, Fairlee
Tim and Janet Taylor operate a diversified vegetable, berry and ornamental farm with 13 greenhouses and high tunnels and about 50 acres in cultivation. Dairy manure is the primary source of soil fertility in the fields, and the many weeds that result are managed rather effectively without herbicides. Tim will demonstrate some cultivation equipment he uses, including: a Perfecta field cultivator, Lely tine weeder, Buddingh baskets, 'bat-wing' shovels, Lilliston rolling cultivators and his latest tool, a Reigi weeder, which has PTO-driven rotating mechanical fingers that are steered by an operator.
Directions: Take Exit 14 off I-91 (Thetford), turn west onto Route 113 and go about 7 miles. North of Post Mills look for the state sign saying Crossroad Farm. Turn right, the farm is a half mile on the right. From the northwest, take the Exit 5 (Northfield) off I-89 onto Route 64 east into Williamstown. Turn right onto Route 14 south. Just past the village turn left onto Williamstown Rd. Take that over the hill to Route 110, turn right go to Chelsea, then turn left onto Route 113 east. After West Fairlee turn left on Crossroad, the farm is about a half mile on the right.
Monday July 15, 5-7 pm
Paul Mazza’s Fruits and Vegetables, Essex Center
Paul started as a commercial grower when he was quite young and he has been at it for 15 years. He now farms 150 acres at 3 locations, growing a wide variety of vegetable crops plus 10 acres of strawberries and 7 acres of blueberries. He markets about half his crops through his farm stand, and wholesales the rest. Paul has had success in managing strawberries for early yield, controlling birds in blueberries, and he does a beautiful job maintaining older farm tractors. Recently he has been working to manage a Phytophthora problem that affects peppers, tomatoes and cucurbits, something that is becoming more commonplace in the northeast.
Directions: Take Exit 11 (Richmond) off I-89, go north on Route 117 about 6 miles. The farm is on the left.
Tuesday August 20, 5-7 pm
Melons and Mixed Vegetables at Hurricane Flats, S. Royalton
Hurricane Flats gets its name from the wind that funnels through the farm's river bottom land where for seven years Geo Honigford has been growing a diversity of organic mixed vegetables on a handful of acres. He has built up a reputation for good melons. He direct markets almost everything he grows, and except on market day, it is a lean and mean one man operation. Economically the farm has been successful, and uses a lot of hand tools along with a few tractor toys.
Directions: Take exit 2 off I-89 (Sharon). At bottom of ramp go south
on Rt. 132 (from the north a right turn, from the south a left).
In 100 yards go right on Rt.14. In 1/4 mile turn left, over bridge across
the river, on Back River Rd. The farm is 3.5 miles up on the right, you’ll
see a red barn at the end of a big field.