How We Grow…
We are a multigenerational family owned and operated farm, dedicated to growing quality and environmentally conscious fruits. We want our land to be farmed for many more generations, that’s why we are focused on long term stewardships of the land by growing in a sustainable manner. We want our local farm to sustain itself by working with nature and the environment.
Our family strives to grow the healthiest fruit possible for your family to enjoy. We follow a strict Intergrated Pest Management (IPM) system, IPM is an environmentally friendly, common sense approach for controlling pests. All materials used are biodegradable, both synthetic & organic materials and are used as last step of IPM.
Preserving and enhancing the health of the soil is key for sustainable farming. Retaining and improving natural healthy soil is key to for maintaining healthy fruit trees and plants. The soil is alive and needs the proper amount of organic matter. Organic matter represents a small portion of the soil but is the most important dominates the whole health of the plant. The organic matter is where the beneficial microbes are abundant. Many minerals are already in the soil but not in a form that the plants are able to access. Enhancing the natural process of the soil will increase microbial actions converting the organic nitrogen & organic phosphorus into a form that the plant will utilize. Healthy soil will increase the amount of nutrients readily available and will result in an improved soil tilth. Soil, tissue and fruit samples are conducted throughout the year to monitor the 17 essential nutrients required for plant growth.
We use NO petroleum based granular synthetic fertilizer. Petroleum based granular synthetic fertilizer can harm the organic matter.
We use NO systemic herbicides on our farm. The use of such materials like “Round Up” was discontinued several years ago over the concerns of our soil health.
What is Intergrated Pest Management?
- “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
- The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.
- In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.” US EPAhttps://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/integrated-pest-management-ipm-principles
- Maine Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs
“Integrated pest management (IPM) is a sound, sensible approach to dealing with pests—insects, plant diseases, weeds, and more—with methods that protect human health and the environment while saving money.
- IPM is integrated because it brings together, or integrates, a range of biological, organic, cultural, mechanical, and chemical options for pest problems. And IPM is about more than just bugs—it’s also about fungi and mildew, bacteria, viruses, weeds, and wildlife, all of which can be pestsif they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it’s about management because you can only manage pests—you can’t get rid of them forever, no matter what anyone tells you.”
- Northeastern IPM Centerhttp://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/what-is-ipm/