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About The Farm

Lakeside Family Farm started growing fresh vegetables for local markets in 2005. Farm owner Stew Smith started farming in 1961 growing potatoes. Now potatoes for the fresh market are just one of the 30 kinds of mixed fresh vegetables we grow including beans, peas, greens, radishes, summer and winter squashes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, beets, cabbage, and of course potatoes—red, white, blue and yellow (including the incomparable Carola).

Lakeside Family Farm is a fourth generation Maine farm –the fourth generation, Althea and her brother Alex, are responsible for the addition of some unique products to our line – Easter Egg Radishes, Red Kale, Rainbow Carrots and for our first entry into organic production. Alex and his fiancé Hillary are farming organically this year in York County at Old Hat Farm.

Lakeside has strong Maine roots and commitment to sustainable agriculture that sends local product to local markets to allow Maine consumers to conveniently buy local close to home. To assure quality and that close to home freshness, Lakeside delivers direct to stores–most crops being hand-picked each day, refrigerated, and loaded on the truck for delivery that night. Lakeside also operates its own storage for root crops making it possible to deliver cabbage, some greens, and squash until Christmas, and carrots, potatoes, turnips, and beets year round. All in all, Lakeside stands committed to its philosophy of More Maine Food for More Maine People,  and to making farm to table a reality for more and more Maine families.

Lakeside Family Farm Sustainable Integrated Pest Management

At Lakeside, we are committed to sustainable agricultural practices. Pest problems, including weeds, insects and diseases, are a challenge for LFF as they are for other Maine farms, especially farms at our scale. LFF manages these problems using a technique known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is consistent with the principles of sustainable agriculture. Rather than relying on chemicals alone to control pests, IPM uses a tool box of techniques. We rely on crop rotations and timing to minimize disease and damage; we also use scouting to identify crops under threat to determine if chemicals are necessary at all. These techniques have allowed us to minimize the use of chemicals in our system. Where needed, they are used selectively to manage disease, weeds, and other pests; some chemicals used include those approved by MOFGA for organic production. While we always prefer scouting and other techniques to spraying, we are not certified organic.

The picture shows green manure (in front), rye planted in the fall, which is being plowed under (at back) for fertilization instead of chemical fertilizer.green manure 3

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  1. Nick Tremblay permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:04 pm

    Love working here. Great place and Stew is a great boss!

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