March Farm Dirt

The blackbirds are here. If nothing else, while I slip and slide across the ice, I can look upon them and know Spring must surly be on its way. The Turkey Vultures arrived last week. And the regular turkeys are on the move! Flocks are everywhere, especially in the stands of corn Glenn didn’t knock down. 
We are opening more space in greenhouses – how exciting is it to be planting hanging baskets? The news from many of our friends is that many greenhouses were lost. Altogether, we are glad with our decision to have cut the plastic – we have ordered more and should recover easily from this winter’s torment (pun intended).
Our only hang up right now is getting clearance from immigration to bring up our help. First, Department of Labor was torturing us with paperwork technicalities (I’d like to see the IRS send all your money back and ask you to refile because you forgot to staple your W2 on the upper left corner…), now Immigration will not allow our men, who have been certified by the DOL to come up because they are questioning some deduction? It is still a mystery to me, as nothing has changed in 30 years and still, it seems like the first time it’s ever been done. Meanwhile, Jamaica is still trying to pull itself together after last year’s turmoil and the men who work for us, some of them for over 20 years, and really part of our family, depend on this job as much as we depend on them. I hope all will work itself out soon…Merrick, Boothe and Gerry were supposed to be up March 1st.  
We are not despairing , though, so don’t you either.
Just go ahead and buy your CSA subscription, order your tomato plants or show up at a farmer’s market… it will work out somehow 🙂


About stillmansfarm

Stillman's Farm® is a family owned farm in Massachusetts. We currently operate at two locations: a greenhouse/retail business in Lunenburg, and the majority of vegetable production in New Braintree. Glenn Stillman started the business in Lunenburg over 20 years ago and now enjoys the promise of the next generation further expanding the very diverse enterprise. The farm also has several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs established in Boston, Lunenburg, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, New Braintree and the Southborough/Framingham area. In addition, the Stillman's trucks have become a fixture at the Boston Area Farmer's Markets. Our Philosophy Most of Stillman's produce is grown without chemicals. For a few crops this simply is not feasible. For these particular crops, we participate in the State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This entails systematic scouting of fields, protection of beneficial insects, bio-controls, and well-timed applications of only the safest pesticides. With growing concern about genetically modified organisms (GMO), as a patron you can be confident that none of the produce we grow have been engineered, in fact, we often experiment with many heirloom varieties! Conscientiously Grown® The combination of no pesticides, good cultivation management, and IPM practices allows us to offer the widest possible selection of fruit and vegetable varieties and be a thriving sustainable farm. We have developed our own label, "conscientiously grown" to convey our commitment to the safety of our environment, family and customers. All of our hormone free, pasture raised meats carry a conscientiously grown label too!
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