Chris and Danielle LaValley worked on Blake Farms in Pembroke as teenagers. In 2006, they purchased the property and it was then that reality struck; there is a difference between working on a farm and owning a farm. Where to begin? Chris took on the responsibility of learning the science and methodology of farming so he could manage the fields. Danielle, began as cashier. As demand for their fresh products increased, she became the bookkeeper and manager for their retail farmstands in Hooksett and Manchester. Today the LaValleys farm in Hooksett and Allenstown, in addition to their original farmland in Pembroke.
The couple have two children, a girl, Anabelle, and a boy, Blake, named after the original farm’s previous owner. They also have four rescue dogs that romp around the fields, fending off deer, groundhogs, and other pests. Young visitors often ask for the dogs, who are often around the Hooksett ...
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. The farm is situated on the coincidentally-titled Josiah Bartlett Road, named after the NH signatory of the Declaration of Independence but who has no known relationship to the Bartlett Farm Dairy family.
A troop of cows graze across the street from the farm with its ring of buildings set ...
Greenhill Collective Farm, located in Sutton, New Hampshire, is a small, off the grid, certified organic farm owned and operated by Ben Dobrowski and his family. The “Collective” part of the farm name is related to the vision of eventually renting out small portions of the farm to people that want to farm but don’t have the land to. They specialize in the production of organic vegetables sold to the community at local farmers markets and through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
Ben studied permaculture at the University of Vermont in order to build the farm on land his family owned. He loves being able to provide organic vegetables for the town of Sutton, as well as neighboring towns, and enjoys being able to wake up every morning with a different job to do; nothing is the same two days in a row. Owning and operating a farm is ...
While Stonewall Farm, as a nonprofit 120 acre educational center has existed for 20 years, its agricultural roots as a working farm reach back over 250 years to 1759. Successive families managed the fields, pastures, and woodlots through the Chase family, who owned and ran Stonewall Farm during most of the 20th century. They steadily grew a dairy presence which delivered fresh milk throughout Keene and nearby towns. In 1994, the Chase family transferred ownership to Michael Kidder who in turn partnered with other Keene community members to formally charter and secure all of the Stonewall Farm property under the current nonprofit organization.
The farm operates a 30 head certified organic dairy and a 3-acre year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) garden that includes a three green houses, a farm store and a sugar house. There are two animal paddocks which hold alpacas, Dorset sheep, Nigerian dwarf goats, and two breeds of ...
Tucked away in Laconia, New Hampshire is a 17-acre property owned by Karen and Tom Barker. One-tenth of an acre is now occupied by Minglewood Farm- a highly productive “nano farm” appropriately named after the Grateful Dead song “New Minglewood Blues” due to the diversity of hard and soft wood forests surrounding the property. Though the farm itself may be small in size, the techniques and care put into each garden largely influence the sustainability and health of the surrounding forests and ecosystems.
Upon purchasing the property in 1984, it was hard to envision the area of overgrown brush and worn down structures would someday become home to lush beds of herbs, fruitful vegetable harvests, talkative chickens, and blossoming flower gardens. After removing the old structures, Karen and Tom got to work researching and implementing various permaculture techniques to make the small farm produce the highest yield. Books, seminars, and trial-and-error ...
“When it comes to agriculture in NH, we are like an underdeveloped country.” So says Dorn Cox who is currently making a concerted effort to push farming squarely into the 21st century by building what he refers to as a “biological system” for his farm; it is a most singular system and very much a family enterprise. By successfully integrating the disciplines of plant biology and environmental engineering, Dorn is working to tighten the carbon cycle while also reducing production costs, and limiting off farm purchases which will make the farm more self sufficient.
Bob Bower and Jennifer Ohler own and maintain Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner, New Hampshire with the help of their children, Sam, and Abby. The farm’s name originates from its location in a gore – a thin triangular piece of land – between two towns. The family bought the farm in 1981.
The farm occupies 477 acres of land on one side of Kearsarge Mountain. Seven acres are used to grow certified organic produce, 20 acres are in pasture, and 450 acres are woodland. Kearsarge Gore earned organic certification in 1988 and was one of the first certified organic farms in the area
The wonderful Muster Field Farm is a farm that has a lot of historical value in the tiny town of Sutton, New Hampshire. The farm was founded as the Harvey Homestead in 1772 by Matthew Harvey. The original house that was built had burnt down in 1787. The current house that is on the property was built shortly after, but has expanded since it was built. The new house was used as a tavern for the locals to drink at, the first post office and first library in Sutton, and a home for the descendants of the Harveys. In total, eight generations of Harvey descendants lived on the farm and added to it.
Greenhill Collective, located in Sutton, New Hampshire, is a small, off the grid, certified organic farm owned and operated by Ben Dubrowski and his family. The “Collective” part of the farm name is related to the vision of eventually renting out small portions of the farm to people that want to farm but don’t have the land to. They specialize in the
Canterbury Aleworks is a small brewery established in 2012. Located in Canterbury, New Hampshire, the brewery is run by Steve Allman, with help from his family.
In 1985 Steve Allman bought 72 acres of land and in 1987 built a small cabin that he would call home. He named his farm “Hidden Wonders” because of its hidden location and reputation as “the seven wonders of Canterbury” and began producing vegetables and meat for his family in 1996
Over 400 acres of land has been family owned and operated by the Aherns since 1897, and is now home to Glove Hollow Christmas Tree Farm on Route 3 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The name “Glove Hollow” comes from the name of a brook where in the 1900s a fine leather glove making facility was located. The foundation of the Draper Maynard manufacturing facility can still be seen on the farm.
With 80,000 Christmas trees aligned in rows, it is hard to imagine that the land was originally home to a dairy farm until Omer Ahern planted his first Balsams in 1957. The land located by the Pemigewasset River provides a fertile plot for tree farming. Today, Omer’s son Mike a fourth generation owner, with his shearing crew of eight tend
“It’s all about the animals.” That’s what Julie Thiboreau will tell you if you pay her a visit at Country Critters Farm in Winchester. The 53 acre farmstead purchased and restored by Julie and her husband, Mike, in 2001, is home to three cows (TC, Princess and Weird), 2 calves (Jasmine and Liberty), a Shetland ram (Owassos ) and two ewes (Lillith and Franchesca), a few rabbits, a Great Pyrenees dog (Rose) and two barn cats. Julie loves the animals;
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