Posts Tagged "farming practices technology"

5 Brilliant Ways to Go Native

I was staring off into space during a quiet moment at a recent trade show. A woman appeared, laden with bags, and addressed me with a smile.  We chatted for a moment, and I invited her to have a seat.  As she settled herself into the chair, she said, “I’m of no use to you.” Well now…that was an odd thing to say.  “Yes you are,” I answered.  “You are keeping me company!” “What I mean,” she said, “is that I don’t buy sod.  I’m of no use to your company.  I’m just taking up space here in your booth!” She was quick to admit that she had laid sod before and didn’t much enjoy it.  She was a...

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Then and Now, 50 Years of Growth- Planting

As a fairly new member of the Thibodeau Family and Green Thumb Farms I haven’t had the privilege of seeing this farm’s progression over the years. This summer marks my 3rd anniversary at the farm and the 50th Anniversary for the company. This led me to dig into the farm’s history a little to see how much it has changed over the years. Since we are wrapping up our planting season I thought it would be appropriate to start with the planting operation. When Green Thumb Farms began farming in 1965 we started with around 75 acres, all of which were potatoes grown for Frito Lay. This year we will...

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A New Season, A New Generation

At this time of the year when the snow melts and the fields begin to dry up our crew’s internal clock goes off because it’s time to get back outside.  Every day brings the hope of being the day.  For the potato, corn and bean crews it is the start of planting season; for the turf crew it is the beginning of harvesting season. You can just feel the excitement and anticipation.  One of the best parts of a family farm is passing that excitement on to the next generation.  Just the other day my husband took our son on a scouting mission with him, and I’m not sure which one of them was more...

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No-Till Farming!

No-till farming is a way for a farmer to plant a crop and control weeds without turning the soil.  Traditional plowing is effective at weed control but reduces a farms’ long- term productivity by exposing rich top soil containing organic matter to the surface and breaking up clods that naturally turn into soil.  This organic matter makes soil more nutritious for plants and it holds onto water ensuring proper hydration.  With no-till farming the valuable top soil is less exposed to run-off as well as wind erosion. No-till is new to Green Thumb Farms.  This past winter we purchased a...

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Sod Season Has Come To An End…

The day after Thanksgiving brought a storm to the Northeast and blanketed us in snow which forced a close to the Sod season for Green Thumb Farms.  The harvester has taken up residence in the shop and will undergo a winter tune up.  We will be dreaming of Spring while we work away and we will keep our fingers crossed for another great season in 2011.  Until then enjoy these photos of lush, green Kentucky bluegrass and keep in mind that Spring is one of the best times to install sod due to cool nights and moist soil...

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