Skip’s Place is a woman owned vegetable farm presently located on 1.5 acres of private land in North Reading, Massachusetts.
Skip’s Place grows a variety of high quality, nutritious, fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers from the familiar to the interesting and unheard of. The farm presently serves a robust and expanding CSA program, a local farmer’s market, and a donation program as well as sells wholesale to other organizations. Skip's Place also continues to look for further avenues to share its beautiful veggies- so if you know of any, shoot Skip's Place a message!
But above all else, Skip’s Place keeps both eyes looking steadfastly towards sustainable, ecological and environmental benefit, as well as land and community stewardship.
Sarah Schipelliti is the Farmer/ Owner of Skip’s Place. She is by education a RN whose prior experience lies in both the community health and acute care settings. She presently works as RN in an acute care hospital in Boston.
She grew up with very strong role models in the ways of perseverance, work ethic, as well as reverence and respect for the world we live in. She has had a passion for growing and nurturing ever since she was a young girl helping her Dad in the family garden. As a kid she would play in her grandfather’s raspberry patch and her grandmother’s whimsical garden adorned with old world statues of beautiful Italian women. She was also witness to the strength, compassion, and empathy of her mother which inspired her to pursue Nursing. In all of these places, her reverence, interest, and love for the world and all things in it began.
She continued to garden, always telling herself that someday she would start a farm. Throughout college and nursing she met beautiful people that encouraged her to always question, to be inquisitive, to be creative, and to look at the world through holistic colored glasses. Sarah spent 2 years researching and taking hands on classes through NESFP and Green City Growers (both of which she highly recommends) before starting Skip’s Place. And now here she is years later- a Nurse Farmer- just playing in bigger gardens.
Just as Sarah was becoming increasingly tired with saying “someday” she stumbled across New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and all of a sudden ‘someday’ had come running up to the door out of breath and apologizing for being late.
Skip’s Place was started in 2019 with the help of many devoted and enthusiastic friends and family members, as well as the continued guidance and knowledge by the dedicated and compassionate employees at NESFP. The farm came on the scene with a successful CSA program, as well as several Gloucester farmer’s market appearances, and a wholesale relationship with the NESFP CSA. Skip’s place continues with a great CSA program and will hopefully be in another Farmers Market this year. Skip's place also has a donation program to do our part to help fight food insecurities in our local communities. Skip's Place has had a great but challenging first several years always with lots of room for learning and improvement.
Farmer Skip continues to be very excited for the improvements, successes, trials, tribulations, and learning opportunities year three will bring.
Dear Summer, Skip’s Place is coming for you!!