In the early days, berries were pushed up onto a conveyor.
Working on the Conveyor
At the top of the conveyor, trash was supposed to separate from the berries.
Restoring the Bots
The 35 acre was in bad shape when it was purchased; all the lateral ditches needed cleaning.
The ditches were dug out little by little, but how to get that heavy mud off the bogs?
Flying off the mud
The mud was placed on mats
Flying off the mud 2
|Helicopters flew the muddy mats to the uplands.
Helicopter Gets Load of Sand
The 14 and 35 acre bogs were in need of a lot of sand; the river kept the ice open, so Tidmarsh resorted to flying sand on with helicopters.
Helicopter Dumps Sand on Bog
The goal was to evenly cover the bogs with an 1.25" of sand; it took two years to sand the 14 acre.
The 14 acre was half sanded when spring came.
Aerial Looking east from the 35
You get a sense of the relation of the bogs to Fresh Pond and the ocean.
Helicopter Sanding Year 2
Aerial of 14 acre showing the second year sand flown on by helicopter.
35 and 14 acre in May
The bogs are beginning to green up.
Harvesting Weeds in Beaver Dam Brook
In order to insure Beaver Dam Brook flows freely downstream of the bogs, we use a weed harvester; this practice raised concerns by persons living around Bartlett Pond, so we developed a weed catching grate which was placed at 3A.
Sand Buggies on Manoevers
If enough ice forms on a winter flood, buggies are used to distribute the sand across the bogs.
Sand Buggy being Filled
Bogs are sanded every 3 years; many yards of sand are sieved each year before it gets to cold, in order to have enough sand ready to apply when the ice forms.
Coffee breaks allow the crew to warm up and share fishing stories.
|Clare's View|Clare is ready to help push the berries.
Ricky with Alice and Carol
Ricky, Alice and Carol find a comfortable seat on a flatbed.
From canal on East side of 14
Winter Flood on 35 acre
Late afternoon light
Audrey with Corey
at Harvest Party
14 acre greening
April is a hopeful month
The 35 has been picked
It will be a long harvest
after the harvest
The Harvest Party
Our friends and their children don waders.
On a single run, these trucks hauls 40,000 pounds of berries to Ocean Spray.
Ralph Levels Berries
Ralph distributes berries so they wont fall out of the truck.
These turkeys have just left the garden.
|Signs of spring.
Bloom on T1
These tiny white flowers make the bog look like it has a case of dandruff.
Caroline Walks the Bogs
The bees are ensconced on the mound between the 14 acre and 35 acre.
The bees are rented for 3 weeks; they are trucked in and leave at dusk or dawn.
Sprinklers working on the 32 acre
Most likely, the sprinklers are be flushing out a chemical application.
Without the boards holding back water, this might turn out to be a vernal pool.
A Tidmarsh Landmark
Farm vehicles await next use.
DJ and Ralph pick the 32 acre
These pickers were designed and built by x.
Ralph on 32 acre
As the discs spin, the pickers shake the berries off the vine.
|The ice edge breaks crisply along the channel on the 32 acre
32 acre Greening
In later May the vine has begun to green.
Flip enjoys the early morning light.
I am reminded that restoration design will need to consider these channels.
Beaver Dam Brook
North of the nursery.
Ralph and Rooster on Pickers
The picking machines gently shake the berries from the vine
Pablo helps out
Pablo, a university student from Spain, joined the crew for a month.
Keith Pulls Boom
During water harvest, cranberries are contained by a floating boom; the tightness of the boom controls the density of the berries as they are pushed to the pump.
Ralph and Evan on the detrasher
As the berries come up to the detrasher, they encounter a fine high-presssure spray which separates the berries from the trash.
Bog edge in October
Young herons and ducks hang out on the 26 acre during harvest.
Canoeing down Beaver Dam Brook
Will we be able to canoe through the restored wetlands?