About the Farm
Apponagansett Farm was founded in 2012 by Susan Murray and Tony Wood. We are renting land from three different farms in South Dartmouth. Our farm stand, CSA distribution, greenhouses and the CSA pick-your-own garden are located at Merrylegs farm on Elm St. We also manage a small flock of Soay sheep (a rare, heritage breed), 120 laying chickens, and two Oberhasli goats at Merrylegs Farm. Our main flock of sheep and their pasture are at Aires Farm on Smith Neck Rd., where we also grow vegetables on three acres. At Forbidden Fruit Farm on Rock O'Dundee Rd., we grow vegetables on another three acres and are taking care of a small orchard of asian pear trees.
We grow a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit using sustainable farming practices. We do NOT use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We use compost and cover crops to add nutrients and help build our soil health. Occassionaly, we use an organically certified fertilizer for crops that need an extra boost. We understand that healthy soils grow healthier plants that are better able to resist diseases and pests. For crops that are especially vulnerable to insect damage, we use physical barriers (e.g., kaolin clay and row covers). We use a combination of a small cultivating tractor, hoeing, and hand weeding, to deal with weed pressure instead of using herbicides.