From the Farmer
Tuesday was a big day here at the farm! The crew arrived extra early and got everything picked for the day before 10:00 AM and off they went to Six Flags. It was a highly anticipated day and it totally met expectations. They had a blast!
So many people are responsible for the makings of Tangerini’s Farm and its success. They work so hard every day for us and clearly are enjoying themselves and each other.
It all starts in the fields with our farm crew. Many of them worked alongside us from the beginning, opening up packages of seeds. They seeded down every single flat, transplanted the plants when they were ready, and then cared for them in the fields. They have weeded, picked, washed and prepared the produce for your CSA shares and the farm stand and it’s been quite an undertaking.
Some of them have been with me for 4 or 5 years now, with a range of experiences. Some are pursuing careers in agriculture and others are experiencing agriculture for the first time. I marvel at their efficiency as they bring crate after crate of fruits and vegetables in from the fields, cool them down, wash them and stack everything into the coolers.
So to our fabulous farm crew: Thanks for all you do here and I know you’ll remember this experience for many years to come.
Steve Chiarzio is our production and field crew manager and has been with us for three seasons now. He’s responsible for all that is happening out in the fields from crop planning and scheduling, soil health and management, irrigation and fertigation, to scouting for pests and diseases, and overseeing the harvest. Steve’s hard work and attention to detail has allowed us to take the farm to a new level. It isn’t often that you get an employee that treats your business like it was his own but, that’s what we got with Steve.
Steve grew up in the small farming town of Hollis, NH. He was surrounded by farming from an early age. In 1997, at the age of 14, he set off for his first job at Lull Farm in Hollis. Over the course of his 11 year employment, he moved up the ranks from farm hand to farm manager. There he learned, on over 200 acres, how to grow, maintain and harvest a vast variety of vegetable and fruit crops. During that time, he graduated from high school and attended Franklin Pierce University where he completed degree in Criminal Justice degree.
In 2010 Steve accepted a position at Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA as their farm manager. While there, his knowledge and passion for farming grew, and he learned more about IPM, organic production and sustainable growing practices. He also met and worked alongside his future wife Linda.
Steve and Linda’s desire to pursue an agricultural career, together, really came into bloom at Ward’s Berry Farm. In 2015, a few months after the birth of their son Logan, they bought a house and moved close to Millis to start sharing their love of food and farming at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm.
Thanks Steve for all you do and for being a great inspiration to your wonderful farm crew!