"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; she considers the farm her “empty nest therapy”. If you watch the animals romp around the pastures you will see they
are happy and well cared for. Her nest is anything but empty now.
The farm got off to a start as a 4-H project for the Thiboreau's three children, Stacie, Brianne and Jared. The children raised rabbits, cows, chickens, goats, sheep and alpacas. They sold milk, eggs, rabbit meat, goat cheese ...
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.
Farming in the North Country alone is a major accomplishment with such a short natural growing season, but the real accomplishment is how successful Ski Hearth Farm has been in its short one-year period since Davis Mangold purchased the 600-acre property in August of 2013. Today, the organic farm is managed by David White, with the help ...
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 rural road adorned with other small country homes and farms. Daniela took up a position in employee wellness at Lawrence General Hospital, and Patrick began work on 77 acres of ...
“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. And for owners Eric and Julie Sawyer, those words are not idle ones.
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.
But as with farms the world over, a farmer cannot make a living on vision alone. The biggest challenge for the couple is turning a profit by providing a continuous supply and variety of crops to keep his customers coming all ...
On a sparkling fall day on the property of the prestigious and affluent St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, Vegetable Ranch owner Larry Pletcher kneels in freshly tilled soil planting spinach. In the next field over, the school is preparing an artificial turf lacrosse and soccer field for opening day. Lifestyle contrasts for sure. But fortunately for Larry, who needed the land to grow his certified organic vegetables, the school agreed to lease the neighboring field to him for what is now universally deemed a good cause.
Larry also owns land across from his 1700s farmhouse in Warner, NH where in 1910 he built a storage facility and farmstand. “We were selling every bit of what we grew during the growing season,” Larry recalls, “but were never able to grow and store enough crops to supply customers through the winter.” From what he calls his “factory outlet for certified organic vegetables,” ...
“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
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