Little Pamet Farm


 
map 10 Toms Hill Path, Truro, MA 02666

Little Pamet Farm is situated in Truro just south of the Little Pamet River and marsh lands, and just east of Corn Hill Beach.

What We Grow

Our crops include:

Recent Developments - 2012

This year we added 14 solar panels to the roof of the greenhouse to provide green electricity to operate the barn equipment and the irrigation well.

hopsIn the summer of 2011 we began to prepare for the new hopyard. Cedar poles were trucked in from northern Maine, 20 of them each 20' long. The poles were spaced 15' apart and dug into the ground 3' to create a trellis to support the hops vines. An efficient drip irrigation system was installed to provide water. Hops rhizomes were procured from Oregon, and were planted in the following spring, and spent most of the summer developing their root systems. But there was a small harvest of hops cones from many of the vines that grew to almost 10' tall.

TedTeddy joined as our latest farm-pup in July. He was found abandoned on Rt 6A in Bourne, and came to stay with us as a foster dog. It wasn't long (or a surprise) before he became a permanent member of the security team.

 

 

KissWe took a break from farm improvements during the late summer of 2012 to prepare for Alexandra and Chris' wedding. It was a wonderful event held September 8th on Corn Hill Beach, with the reception for 150 close friends and family in 2 large tents in one of the tree-lined fields.

 

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The wedding put us behind in harvesting honey. But it was a good year with honey yields above average.

3thp One of the two 1805 Greek Revival houses on Little Pamet Farm is now available for rent.
More details can be seen at 3 Toms Hill Path

Recent Developments - 2013

It was a tough winter, and it seemed to snow ever week, which is uncommon for us. In one of the storms, we lost power for over 3 days. Fortunately the generator, which runs off the propane tank, kicked on and provided emergency power for the duration. Usually we get just a few inches of snow, and a 4 wheel drive car or truck can drive over it, until it melts in the next rain. But this year was different, and we had to break out the snowblower and mount it on the tractor. It's the first time it was used in the 3 winters since it was purchased.

Because of the winter, the bees fared poorly -- all the hives perished. As disappointing as this is, it's not an unfamiliar story on Cape Cod this winter. But we have 5 new hives that are busy gathering nectar and increasing their numbers, so we're hopeful for a decent harvest nonetheless. With the increased size of the apiary, we're going to dedicate more space in the barn for hive materials and honey processing.

The winter does not seem to have affected the hops, as the bines (the hops word for vines) are off to a good start.

We also have begun a more diligent program of pest management in the orchard. The John Deere Gator has a new 25 gallon electric sprayer that can help in applying the appropriate oils and organic powders and liquids to help prevent pests.

Plans

South of the hopyard, we've prepared the soil for our future barley crop. Last fall we planted winter rye, which stabilized the soil and helps fix nitrogen. When it comes time to plant the barley, we'll till the rye under. Not sure that will make this year's list though.

Practices

Over the years, we've tried to develop sustainable growing practices. This includes our own composting system, where we compost all organic cuttings and waste and till it back into the soil the following year.

We make extensive use of drip irrigation systems to conserve water as well as energy to pump it. Our electrical energy is primarily produced from solar panels situated on both garage and greenhouse rooftops.

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