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Bartlett Farm Dairy, Concord, NH

Bartlett Farm Dairy in Concord is a family farm, through and through. Scott and Craig’s great-grandfather bought the land in 1924 and built a second story on on the house to accommodate his seven children. Today, Scott and his father, Alan, manage the farming, while brother Craig focuses on marketing their milk to local outlets. Scott always knew he would continue the family legacy, leaving only for a brief time to earn a degree in animal science before returning to the farm. The Bartletts were able to begin selling and marketing their own milk in 2011 when Craig rejoined the family business.

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Ledge Top Farm, Wilton, NH
September 30, 2014

Ledge Top Farm, Wilton, NH

With the help of a co-worker and some pigs with appetites, a garden was rooted out and cleared into three acres of fertile land. Tom Mitchell, a Milford (NH) High School biology teacher, began the creation of Ledge Top Farm. Tom recalls, “When I started planting rhubarb back in 1975, I hit ledge within six inches. It seemed all digging projects hit ledge, so being at the top of a hill, the name came together.” Tucked away in the woods of Wilton, New Hampshire, Tom found his unexpected calling. Ledge Top Farm operates under an organic version of the Golden Rule because Tom “wouldn’t want to eat food that has chemicals,” and, therefore, refuses to sell such crops to his community.

Riverview Farm, Plainfield, NH
September 19, 2014
Riverview Farm, Plainfield, NH

Sitting on the Franklins’ porch in late spring, it was obvious where Riverview Farm’s name comes from, but that wasn’t always so.  When Nancy and Paul Franklin bought the property and moved there from Meriden …

Spring Hill Farm, Sanbornton, NH
September 16, 2014
Spring Hill Farm, Sanbornton, NH

“Health, Heritage, Harmony” – words written boldly on the sign for Spring Hill Farm, an 85 acre farm in the small town of Sanbornton, New Hampshire…When asked to elaborate, Eric said, “For ‘health,’ the Hippocrates quote, ‘let food be thy medicine’ sums it up.” For “heritage,” he’s talking about his passion for preserving the land, the animal breeds he’s raising, and their 1800s house. As for “harmony,” a visitor can see such concord in the use of livestock, compost, and minerals to restore the soil in order to grow the most nutritious and robust fruits and vegetables.

Falling Tree Farm, Meriden, NH
August 15, 2014
Falling Tree Farm, Meriden, NH

If you asked Sarah Governo 20 years ago if her future held owning a farm and living in rural Meriden a town within Plainfield, New Hampshire, she would have given you a puzzled look with a likely “no.” Born and raised in London, she has learned a lot about farming and community while beginning a small sheep and egg farm. She likes to call herself an “accidental egg and sheep farmer.” Due to her husband Mark’s job transfer and a desire to raise their family in a strong local community, the couple moved to Meriden to raise their two children, Jake and Lars.

Meadowstone Farm, Bethlehem NH
July 22, 2014
Meadowstone Farm, Bethlehem NH

If one were to find themselves on Brook Road in Bethlehem New Hampshire, it would be wise to make a stop at Meadowstone Farm! A tin horse drawn hay rake mounted upright is the landmark to look for. The rake guards a bridge over quaint meandering stream trickling underneath. Since they purchased the land 14 years ago, farm owners Tim and Jess have been creating an environment of agriculture, education, and community.

Otokahe Farm, Jefferson, NH
June 12, 2014
Otokahe Farm, Jefferson, NH

Between the rolling hills and mountains of Jefferson, NH along Rt. 2 lies Otokahe Farm. Otokahe is Native American for “new beginning”, and the farm is just that. Born from a desire to improve upon traditional methods of animal raising, Kristina and Bert von Dohrmann strive to raise happy, healthy Belted Galloway cows.

Dimond Hill Farm, Concord, NH
May 13, 2014
Dimond Hill Farm, Concord, NH

From its inception in 1827 until the mid-1950s, Dimond Hill was a living example of the storybook version of a New England family farm. For five generations the family milked a herd of Ayrshire cows, raised pigs and chickens for consumption, kept draft and riding horses, harvested hay and silage, and raised a variety of vegetables. In the mid-1950s, dairy production took center stage as the family moved into selling milk and cream, delivering them in farm-labeled glass bottles to local area homes. Dairy production transitioned into growing vegetables and fruits in the late 1960s and early 1970s.