Where We Grow More Than Just Pumpkins
The Pumpkin Farm is a small diversified farm owned and operated by Jason & Nicole Lobisser. We started growing Pumpkins for wholesale on and off since 2004 when we could find available land. By 2012 we found a permanent growing space and expanded into growing an array of vegetables and attending local farmers markets. In 2014 we introduced laying hens to our farm and started selling free range chicken eggs and opened up our vegetable CSA share. Vegetable production on the farm became Certified Organic in 2015. We added pastured chicken meat in 2017 and in 2018 will add beef to the mix. We also sell our own compost.
In 2018 we will be dropping our Organic certification for a number of reasons. First and foremost being the time it takes us to do the paperwork. We like to keep farm records it helps us for future planning but if we are busy it is nice to say to heck with this for this week or to keep paperwork that isn’t as detailed for planning purposes. Second the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has decided this past Fall to allow hydroponic farms to be allowed to use the Organic label. Seeing as we fill out a 20 page organic plan each year to certify our farm and most of the plan has to do with the SOIL we are not happy about the NOSB allowing soil less farms to use the same label as we
do did. Third, we have been waiting for years for the National Organic Program to make it a requirement that certified organic poultry be kept with access to outside. The real outside, where their feet can touch the ground and they can lay in the sunshine. Currently they have to have outside access but do not ever have to be on the earth or under the sun. Most are raised in large houses with access to a covered screened in porch. What a life!
We have a small roadside stand in Medway, at our home, where most of our vegetables get there start in our greenhouse!
Our farm is operated using sustainable farming practices and we use no synthetic fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide or fungicide. Instead we plant green manures & apply compost to the fields, practice crop rotation, weed mechanically & by hand, and use row covers on crops to protect from pests. Our animals have plenty of outside access, in fields or in the forest.
For a list of vegetables we grow and seasonal availability click here —> Produce Chart