Genuine Faux Farm







"Why, ain't that work?"

"Well, maybe it is, and maybe it ain't. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain


We're really not sure if we should let you do this work. Honest, we really think we should do it ourselves.

Well, ok, if you REALLY want to do some of this work.

Come to a Tom Sawyer Day!

Tom Sawyer Schedule for 2016
April 30 : Work for Your Dinner June 5: TSD prior to Spring Faux Fun Festival 12-4
Aug 27: TSD prior to GFF Summer Fest 1-4 May ??: Work for Your Dinner
Sept ??: Work for Your Dinner Sep, Oct ?? - Don't Sing, Dig for Your Supper
  *****For details about each, scroll down!*****

Save the hollyhocks from weeds! block of Tom Sawyer 'stamps' from BEP souvenir sheet putting plastic on high tunnel


Work for Your Dinner Events

Work for your dinner events often occur when we feel we could use it on the farm. Essentially, interested persons come out to the farm and work for a few hours on a task with us that requires a few more hands. Once complete, Tammy will have a prepared meal for all participants. College students take note! Here is a chance to get a great home cooked meal and get away from campus. Contact us if you have interest.

June 5 Tom Sawyer Day:

Prior to our early season festival, we will have time where volunteers can join us in some farming tasks. Some of the tasks may be to help us set up for the festival. Other tasks are very dependent on what needs doing and the interests of those who are volunteering. If you wish to join us, let us know so we can prepare for you.

August 27 Tom Sawyer Day:

Same as above - except this is for our big Summer Festival and Heirloom Tomato Tasting Event. We can often use several hands just to set up for this event.


Sep/Oct - Don't Sing! Dig for your Supper:

When it is time to bring in potatoes, carrots and other root crops we might like a few extra hands. Otherwise, these events are just like any other Work for Food event.


Itsy the spider can only do so much work. Come help her make our farm a better place.

Oh. And watch out for her web over there, will ya?


What is a Tom Sawyer Day?

Tom Sawyer Days are scheduled events at the farm where we invite interested persons to come work on the farm for part of a day.

Why Attend?

We know from our own experience that it is, for some reason, relaxing to work for someone else for a short while. Why? Well, you don't have to make decisions, you know it will end...and you get to try something different from what you are used to doing!

Many Farm Share CSA members who have attended a Tom Sawyer Day have found a new appreciation for the food they receive through the CSA or purchase at market. Others have commented that they feel like they are more integrated into the CSA community. We have also received the comment that share holders find it to be a positive part of investing further in the farm and its principles.

Other persons who are not involved in the Farm Share program are invited to join us as well. If you want to get some idea of how a small, diverse farm that provides local food works, here is a good chance to get a feeling for where food comes from.

Signing Up:

Once the day is announced, we ask persons who intend to participate to RSVP their intentions to us. It is important that we know WHO and HOW MANY are coming so we can provide appropriate tasks and tools to all participants. Please remember, putting together any event requires planning and effort. Surprises can make the entire event less enjoyable for everyone involved.

Showing Up:

You may show up at any point during the Tom Sawyer Day schedule. If the schedule calls for work from 3pm to 6 pm, you can arrive at 5pm and be just as welcome as those who arrive at 3pm. Just let us know what you are planning.

Please wear appropriate clothing. Bring gloves. Bring a water bottle. Use sunscreen!

And remember, these are workdays, they are not festivals, even though the atmosphere may be festive at times. If an event does say food is provided, then you should not assume that it is. On the other hand, if you feel that would be a good thing, you can work with us to make it happen.

Rest after work at a Tom Sawyer Day   weeding the melons


Tasks will vary depending on who shows up and the time of year. Weeding is frequently a necessary task, but we have done some of each of the following at TSD's:

  • weeding
  • painting
  • spreading mulch
  • set up tomato cages
  • tearing down tomato cages
  • cleaning up old vegetation
  • small building projects
  • setting up food for volunteers
  • cleaning up brush or woodpiles
  • moving trays of plants
  • transplanting

We try to find something that everyone can do, including children with a parent's supervision.

Painting the Granary


4/26/16 updated

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background photo copyright by L.E.Bartel

other photos by GFF