Indigo Farm grew out of North Road Firewood which was a land clearing company created by Steve Sinnet in the early 90’s. Steve had been an owner of South Mountain Company, one of the Island’s premier design and build companies. He had two employees, Mike and Alan Turnell. North Road Firewood provided landscape clearing and building services. One of their clients was Sanford Evans and Associates, an independent site planning and design firm.
Steve and Sanford’s easy working relationship and collective beliefs about landscape design and use became the impetus for the birth of a company whose owners would work closely together to creatively find solutions to the demands and problems of new landscape sites.
Steve’s college friend, Peter Robinson, a landscaper from NH, joined North Road Firewood in 1994. In 1996 Steve, Sanford, Alan, Michael, and Peter created Indigo Farm, Inc.
Indigo Farm was created on three principles:
•Shared values regarding the environmental preservation of each sites existing landforms and the use of organic methods of planting
•The understanding of Vineyard landforms
•The commitment to beautifully and creatively blend built landscapes with their existing natural sites
With Steve’s ties to South Mountain Company many of the projects Indigo Farm worked on were in collaboration with the company. This relationship continues today.
In 2000 Steve retired to pursue more worldly interests. Michael Turnell went on to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he received a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2001. He worked closely with Sanford on the Indigo designs until Sanford’s retirement to Maine in 2005. Alan Turnell left Indigo in 2006 to expand on the areas of landscaping that are of particular interest to him.
Indigo Farm continues to work today along the same principles it was founded on. Peter Robinson, owner and maintenance foreman oversees a crew that keeps all our designs in top shape. Mike Turnell, owner, designer, and builder oversees the crew responsible for the building of our designs. Our two crews work closely together, aiding each other when need be to execute and maintain our client’s dreams.