Pond Hill Farms

Overview

Pond Hill Farm is a popular stop along the “Tunnel of Trees”.  Families come to catch trout in their pond, eat at their café, taste their wines and beers and enjoy produce, especially the pumpkin extravaganza during the fall color season.

Challenge

Two years ago Pond Hill had a crisis.  The public was enjoying sorting through the thousands of pumpkins, but they had been placed right over the septic field.  When the field failed and raw waste surfaced it contaminated the pumpkins and the company had to issue a recall.  Talk about a PR disaster.

Solution

SludgeHammer quickly cured the leach field failure with the installation of their ABGs in the existing tanks, but the farm was expanding and needed a comprehensive fix.  We expanded treatment with extra tanks and more SludgeHammers, and the prize was the creation of a 3,000 sq.ft. drip irrigation field for the final effluent.

Results

This year the new drip field grew the finest crop of prize pumpkins, many 500-1,000 lbs.  The public can see directly how the nutrient rich waste went from a disaster to a triumph of eco-friendly sustainable agriculture.  The Pond Hill aerobic septic system was a success. When the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.  When the world gives you pumpkins, make pumpkin pie.