Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

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Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by SemiOrganicConvert » May 5th, 2020, 10:24 am

Just got off the phone with Carl. No Bay State Fert now and maybe not even when things get back to normal. The direct to user program may be being killed off.

It started out as a measure to protect their workers from getting exposed to the public as they come in for pick ups. And that I can certainly see. But it appears that the powers have perhaps capitalized on this situation to end the program. Carl is very disappointed with this turn of events.

Please join me in a letter campaign to Fred Laskey, Executive Director of the MWRA. It may be the only way to get this option of such an inexpensive and potent source of fertilizer restored.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by northeastlawn » May 5th, 2020, 12:23 pm

Thats disappointing, I had a feeling when that article appeared in the Globe last year that BSF days were numbered.

Luckly I probably have enough bags for the year, but I will be stuck getting name brand milorganite from this point on.

Post the info, and Ill be glad to write a letter in support.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by TimmyG » May 5th, 2020, 9:52 pm

I don't think the subject matter from that article months ago has anything to do with what SemiOrganicConvert has shared, which is that the "direct to user program may be being killed off". That doesn't mean whatsoever that BSF's days are numbered, only that direct consumer sales may end. It may mean that they'll ramp up retail sails if they don't have sufficient municipality demand and whatnot. Or, not likely, but I'll cross my fingers, maybe they'll resume delivery. Please, oh, please make it so.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by northeastlawn » May 5th, 2020, 11:23 pm

I hope your right, Im fine with buying from a retailer if I had to.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by paulr » May 7th, 2020, 3:44 pm

:shock:
:blackeye:
:banghead:

I can write a letter/email if you think it'd help.
I'm only a ~40 bag a year guy though.


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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by SemiOrganicConvert » May 9th, 2020, 11:01 am

northeastlawn wrote:
May 5th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Post the info, and Ill be glad to write a letter in support.
MAILING ADDRESS
Fred Laskey Executive Director MWRA
Charlestown Navy Yard
100 First Ave, Building 39
Boston, MA 02129
TimmyG wrote:
May 5th, 2020, 9:52 pm
It may mean that they'll ramp up retail sales
This was something that Carl mentioned as a possibility.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by CPascal » May 24th, 2020, 9:04 am

The BayState website says fertilizer is available for scheduled pickup (no walk ins). There also appears to be a online payment portal so you don’t have to pay via check. Has anyone successfully purchased any recently?

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by Billyd13 » May 25th, 2020, 10:05 pm

Yes 22 bags on Friday. Call to make appointment to pickup.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by joethebanker » May 29th, 2020, 12:36 pm

Bay State website now says sorry, sold out. Check back in mid June. Didn't take long to clean out whatever inventory they had. I was planning on picking up 25 bags, guess I'll keep watching the website for when the buying window opens up again.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by ken-n-nancy » May 29th, 2020, 1:38 pm

Thanks for sharing the news! I just looked at the web site this morning to consider going to get my annual supply, but saw that they were sold out until June. Hopefully they will continue with the "direct to user program" as I think the program is a win-win for both MWRA and the users of Bay State Fertilizer.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by northeastlawn » May 29th, 2020, 3:50 pm

Same thing happened last year, they will be restocked before you know it.i have all I need fir this year, I’ll buy next years supply at some point in June.

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Re: Bad news regarding Bay State Fertilizer

Post by joethebanker » June 2nd, 2020, 5:54 pm

Website announced limited supply yesterday afternoon (6/1). Emailed Carl and he replied this morning (6/2) to come today as they only had 8 pallets available. Picked up 25 bags at 10:30 am and they only had 2 1/2 pallets left after my half pallet. By the time I got back to Methuen at 11:30, website said "sold out" again. New supply expected next week. Stuff is like pellets of gold. Anyone ever talk to Carl about sales to individuals and whether we are simply excess stock after municipal and commercial customers or they just have the ability to make small quantities and it just goes fast?

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