Here at Fairmont Farm, Spring is finally in full swing. We are happy to have the longer days, warmer weather and hints of green! With a late start to the growing season, we are bustling around to get everything going.
Blue skies and green grass have just arrived here in East Montpelier, VT at the “Home Farm”
Manure spreading has begun and will continue throughout the spring. Last year, we stopped spreading manure on our fields before the December 15th Winter Spreading Ban because of snow on the ground. When the Ban was lifted on April 1st, our fields were still too wet to spread on so we continued to wait until conditions improved (the Accepted Agricultural Practice). With a little over four months that we did not spread, our manure pits are close to full and we are glad to begin applying nutrients back onto the land. Although we do use some fertilizer, our manure accounts for a good amount of the nutrients our crops need. We crop about 2,500 acres in East Montpelier and the surrounding areas and we crop another 1,000 acres in Craftsbury and the surrounding areas.
Spreading in Craftsbury, VT at Fairmont Dairy, LLC, what a beautiful view!
We hope that our neighbors and communities enjoy the beautiful farm landscapes around them. Being good stewards of the land, being a part of our community and being good neighbors is extremely important to us. You can visit our website and read about our “Manure Management“, we are constantly trying to evolve the system that we have to improve water quality, crop yield and efficiency. We are very excited about a couple recent projects that will reduce Spring road traffic and greatly improve soil compaction, leading to improved water quality and crop yield.
This is our new “Frac Tank”! It works as a holding tank on the side of the field allowing us to move manure with Semi-Tankers. The tankers can unload into the Frac Tank rather than needing to go on the field, this keeps only our spreaders with flotation tires in the field which reduces soil compaction.
While we do our best to reduce the Farm traffic on the roadways, you will still see a lot of us. Safety is a top priority of ours, so when our equipment is on the road there are a few things you can remember to ensure both your safety, and ours. Please remember that we often will turn into or out of a field driveway that you may not be expecting, our equipment is often large and slow but we are not on the road for long. Vermont Agriculture put out a great Youtube video about road safety and farm equipment, please take the time to watch the video and share what you learn with your friends and family!
A Fairmont manure spreader heading up the hill to the farm in East Montpelier, VT