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CALEB & AMY BAGGING ORGANIC MAINE CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. In this photo taken Friday morn


CALEB & AMY BAGGING ORGANIC MAINE CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. In this photo taken Friday morning, Caleb weighs out one-pound-sacks of Organic ‘Adirondack Blue’ Certified Seed Potatoes.

Meanwhile, Caleb’s sister, Amy, double-staples identifying Potato Postcards and Blue ‘Maine Certified Seed Tags’ onto each bag. Amy drove up Thursday night from Husson University in Bangor for Easter, and to help our family farm keep up on orders during peak shipping.

We use that Red, foot-pedal-operated Haines Mfg ‘Single Bagger’ positioned beyond Caleb for filling 2.5#, 5# and 20# sacks. Jim, working in the underground Potato storage is responsible for the 45# cartons put up for Market Growers, which tends to while final-grading all the loose Potatoes needed by the upstairs crew for bagging.

We have tried filling 1# sacks in various ways and have found the most efficient manner – this side of an expensive automatic Weigher/Bagger – is to place the opened sack on an electronic scale and Caveman-style use two-cupped-hands to scoop up and then trickle in the correct amount of seed tubers. Using the Haines Bagger, one almost always ovefills the 1# sack. Then it takes more time to remove the extra gate-crasher-seed-tubers than to do the job right the first time, literally by-hand.

At this time of year, once every week the crew stops everything and switches over to bagging up thousands of bags of the twenty varieties of our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes we grow. Then the balance of their week is spent custom-tubbing up Organic Seed orders and packing them into shipping cartons for the US Post Office and Fedex Ground to come around and pick up.

We rinse and repeat the process every week, until the ground is ready and we can plant our own crop of Organic Certified Seed Potatoes in mid-May. It was just back in mid-December when we poured the concrete floor for this brand new Packing Shed/Warehouse.

Caleb, Megan & Jim




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