Lees Wharf Oysters on Chronicle

skiff girl

July 13, 2012: the oysters require daily cleaning but sometimes Al and I just aren’t able to do it for minimal traveling during the upwelling season or other schedule conflicts.  So, I decided it was time to train someone as a “backup person” to cover.  Al’s cousin, Jennifer, has helped us in the past and proven to be very interested in the farm.  She is cheerful, fun to be around, and a hard worker.  What a great combination for the backup tasks.  Jennifer refers to herself as “skiff girl” because she owns an 16′ wooden skiff and keeps it at our dock at Lees Wharf.  We’re really fortunate to have her aboard!  By the way, Jennifer calls me “Oyster Mama”.  (posted by Cindy)

larger silo screen

July 9: the oyster babies have been in our upwellers for almost a month and, WOW, are they growing!  Just like you hear from other nursery farmers … “they explode like popcorn”.  That’s great news!  They’re really looking more and more like oysters now. 

So, it’s time to split them out into silos with the next larger screen on the bottom.  This should be the final time of splitting them out.   Although they’re larger now, you still need to be very easy with them because they can slip out and be lost forever by washing out into the river.     

While in the process of splitting we lucked out as our good friend, Jack, showed up and wanted to pitch in.  He’s always good for laughs, too!    Thanks, Jack!!   (posted by Cindy)

doing well

June 30: the little guys are doing very well.  Getting a bit crowded in the 6 silos so it’s time to move them into more.  Now, we have split them into 12 silos giving them more room to drink in the wonderfully rich Westport River.  (posted by Cindy)

new babies arrive!

June 15: Our ONE MILLION oyster seed arrives via Fedex from the Muscongus hatchery in Maine.  Hard to believe they’re all contained in these two little “socks”.

Dr. Dale Leavitt

Once we decided to go into the oyster farm business we attended an aquaculture class at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.  The course was taught by Dr. Dale Leavitt.  We learned a lot and, the best part … we gained Dale as a valuable  friend.  He has a wealth of knowledge and freely shares it with us.  Has invited us to see his upwellers on campus and visited our farm to give much needed advice.  We’re very fortunate to have him on our side!