Anarchy on the farm

The owner of Anarchy Farms is on the lookout for green thumbprints. About $150 worth of Scott Snider's for-sale plants went missing last week as he was setting up for his son's wedding ceremony.

The owner of Anarchy Farms is on the lookout for green thumbprints.

About $150 worth of Scott Snider’s for-sale plants went missing last week as he was setting up for his son’s wedding ceremony.

That’s quite a significant amount for the farm, said Snider, especially because he’s on a disabled pension and can’t compensate to make up for the lost plants.

The plant pirates took three big terracotta urns – two with bright red tidal wave petunias and one hard-to-grow exotic plant. They also snagged a few heads of dark red and purple lettuce.

“They took a nice matched set and a centerpiece and something to eat on the side, I guess – but all in the reds in colours, so I thought they must like reds,” said Snider with a laugh.

“They took three of the best plants, so they must have had good taste. They didn’t just come grab whatever.”

He hopes the missing plants went with a “panic shopper who will come back to pay.”

In case it’s not, Snider has called upon the people at the community centre to spread the word. The Marsh Lake community hasn’t had much theft in years.

“So we’d kind of like to keep it that way,” he said. “We don’t have tight security out here and just assume people would respect our place.”

The “unsettling” event, which came as a surprise, may have been sparked by the farm’s name.

Some people don’t like the rebellious connotation, said Snider.

But maybe the name was an incentive, encouraging the shrub swipers to break the rules.

That’s not the message Snider was trying to convey, though, when he named his nursery.

“Anarchy really means without imposed order so, being an environmentalist and a green person and very Earth-conscious, for me it means without trying to do industrial kind of stuff or activities or forcing nature in the land that I’m trying to grow on.

“I’m trying to be positive about it. We’re longtime Yukon people and we like to think that we respect our neighbours.”

Snider is offering a reward for the safe return of the missing planters.

“I’ll let someone pick out a nice plant of their choice.”

Contact Larissa Robyn Johnston at larissaj@yukon-news.com