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Krebs Farm, Sanbornton, N.H.

“Please excuse my appearance, I’ve been slaughtering chickens all morning” Ralph Rathjen explains. His jeans are covered in dirt, dried blood, and a few stray chicken feathers. Ralph Rathjen, owner of KREBS Farm, walks around his property with his dog Holly, a black-lab mix who, a rescue dog, trails along behind him. “I always get phone calls asking if Mr. Krebs is around,” Ralph laughs, “but Mr. Krebs doesn’t exist. That’s not my name.” He explains that KREBS is actually the initials of all his family members: his wife Kris, Ralph, and his children Elizabeth, Ben and Sophie. After 20 years of living in Bermuda, working and raising their children, the Rathjens moved to New Hampshire in 2009 and purchased their ...

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Field to Fork Farm, Chester, NH

Field to Fork Farm is as much a literal description as it is a clever title, as farmer/owner Patrick Connelly firmly believes that products derived straight from pasture-raised, organically fed animals are the best available. This belief is primarily rooted in nutrition, as Connelly and his wife Daniela both have a background in the field of health. They met at Boston University while pursuing their Masters in Public Health and moved to South Africa after graduation to work for the treatment of HIV/AIDS (Patrick as a health economist and Daniela as a medical doctor). Connelly and his family relocated to Chester roughly nine years ago in order to focus on raising their family, choosing a beautiful plot of land on a twisting ...

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Minglewood Farm, Laconia, NH

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. ...

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Bear Knoll Farm, Canaan, NH

In 2003, wanting to blend their off-the-farm working lives and hobbies with a goal of food self sufficiency, Spencer and Sabrina Powers began  life together on a 3 ½ acre property in Canaan, New Hampshire. In 2010 they named the farm after watching a black bear visit their bird feeders.  They began by planting  a large vegetable garden, then came adding fruit trees and berry bushes. Raising a few chickens for eggs and meat seemed the next logical step to food self sufficiency.  “It rapidly became apparent,” says Sabrina “that our initial flock of 25 chickens produced too many eggs for the two of us.” Given the popularity of their eggs among their friends, they reached out to local businesses inquiring ...

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Ski Hearth Farm, Sugar Hill, NH
November 8, 2014

Ski Hearth Farm, Sugar Hill, NH

With a vast view of Franconia Ridge and Cannon Mountain across the widespread field, Ski Hearth Farm is picturesque and “sells itself”, according to farm manager David White. The historic farm house- one of the oldest structures found in the area- is a reminder of the long history of the farm property and its previous owners. Beginning with Selden Hannah’s famous potato farm in the 1940’s, to Olympic Skier Bode Miller, to present-day owner Davis Mangold, Ski Hearth has been an important resource in the agricultural and agri-tourism community of the North Country.

The Visionaries of Windhover Farm
October 30, 2014
The Visionaries of Windhover Farm

Martin Marklin and his wife Christine came to Contoocook in 1999 to manufacture unique and beautiful candles for churches, a specialized skill Martin developed over many years. Their flourishing business currently uses about 30,000 pounds …

Bartlett Farm Dairy, Concord, NH
October 5, 2014
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.

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.