As a summer intern at Forager, one of my interests was learning about the farmers we work with and sharing their stories.
I had the chance to visit Max Boudreau a few weeks ago at Winslow Farm in Falmouth, Maine.
Winslow Farm was originally started in the 1960s by the Winslow Family. Denis and Sarah Boudreau purchased the farm in the 1980s and turned it into the family-owned farm it is today. Max, son of Denis and Sarah, grew up farming, but has been officially operating Winslow Farm for eight seasons. Fun fact, I also spent five summers working at the farm stand, helping with their nursery, CSA, and U-Pick blueberries.
Winslow Farm is 100 percent MOFGA-certified organic - that’s all 80 plus items on the harvest list, including everything from blueberries to the cauliflower Max harvested the day we visited.
Max has also implemented many regenerative agriculture practices at Winslow Farm, focusing on building soil health. Here’s what I learned from Max about the complex no-till process:
“Yes! So that’s my new thing! I'm very passionate about it and we're transitioning to the no-till process. It's an evolution, but I'm trying to get the closest to one and a half to two acres around the core of the farm to a no-till farming system…
I'm really passionate about keeping a living soil. And so that's the difference. The main difference between no-till and till is soil health, and I'm talking about the life forms in the soil. So tillage disrupts the soil. Not only does it disrupt the biology of the soil, but it basically burns up all your nutrients at the same time. So farmers that do till are constantly relying on more and more bagged, brought in products to amend to the soil. Then that's an annual thing to constantly be applying that in order to just get the fertility base - the base fertility that you need for your crop. But the way we're doing it, it’s the soil biology itself. We're working with that system so the actual fungi, the bacteria, the worms, all in the soil are bringing that nutrient down from the surface into the root system and the plants can absorb all that.”
Since this transition, Max has not only noticed a huge difference in the quality of his produce (“exponentially better than the tilled system”), but “unbelievably less weed pressure.”
In terms of Forager:
“I love it. I literally can have what's not available or what is available. I can just click a button, and check the price. I can adjust it and then on Forager [my buyers] can see that happening. I literally just did it because I have cauliflower in the field now. That is so convenient for me because I’m out in the field, I see it, I can do it from the field from my pocket. I don’t have involve the computer, send an email or a text.”
You can find produce from Winslow Farm at…
Or sign up for his delicious CSA!
Winslow Farm has amazing organic U-Pick Blueberries, so make sure to visit soon before the season is through.
Forager Summer Intern