Snake Hill Farm, L.P. is a U.S.D.A. certified organic farm located in Geauga County, Ohio, 40 miles East of Cleveland. We produce and market vegetables, organic beef and pure Ohio maple syrup.
Our market garden goal is to operate a sustainable farm business based on the production of high quality, nutritious organic products.
We devote much of our time to restoring the soil by composting our animal manures, mulching plants with our own organic straw, and planting cover crops to keep building the soil.
During the growing season we hire extra workers, usually college-aged, to help with the market garden and livestock operations. Some come in the spring, some during their summer vacation, and some stay on through Fall.
Although our main times for planting are Spring and early Summer, we continue planting until mid August. This practice ensures our ability to meet the needs of our customers consistently.
Once interns learn the ropes, they are expected to be able to anticipate what needs to be done. For instance, if he/she is the first one into the garden on a picking day, he/she should start to set up the washing table or fill the buckets with water for washing vegetables.
After a day’s work in the garden, we put tools away in good condition. We wash mud from hoes, rakes, roto-tillers, seeders, trowels and lawnmowers. We store seeds in tight containers to protect them from rodents. We cover picking rows with agri-fabric to keep out pests.
At the height of the season we go to two or three markets per week. When the sellers return from the market, they must unpack the van, wash containers and set all the equipment to ready for the next market.