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Evandale Farm, Pittsfield, NH

  Evandale Farm, located at 424 Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, is a great example of what a permaculture farm truly stands for. Owners Ray Connor and her husband, Peter Dow, along with interns who live on the farm, do all the necessary things to be successful. They believe in growing food humanely, using organic practices, and employing the principles of permaculture. Their major objectives are to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, provide for their needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are sustainable in the long term. At Evandale Farm, use of inherent qualities of plants and animals, combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures, produce a life-supporting system. One of the ...

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Kearsage Gore Farm, Warner, NH

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. With a USDA grant, Bob and Jennifer were able to build two greenhouses. They use one greenhouse to grow ...

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Muster Field Farm, North Sutton, NH

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. In 1941 a man named Bob Bristol bought ...

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Greenhill Collective Farm, Sutton, NH

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, ...

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Canterbury Aleworks, Canterbury, NH

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. His woodworking business, Canterbury Woodworks produced Shaker woodenware that was sold world wide until 2001, when Hidden Wonders began to produce farm food for sale. It wasn’t until 2011 that he began to focus more on the brewery and less on other farm produce. As ...

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Glove Hollow Christmas Tree Farm, Plymouth, NH

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 ...

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Doris Porter, 1950’s Farm Wife
December 21, 2014

Doris Porter, 1950’s Farm Wife

This article is first in a series on women in agriculture, whether on a farm, at a desk, or both. It is in celebration of the Department of Agriculture, Markets, & Food Centenary year, 2013-2014

When Doris married Clifton Porter in 1946, the couple’s dream was to own their own farm. After renting Gile Farm, for about a year, the couple bought the farm, renamed it Cottage Hill Farm, and lived “in the hills behind Lebanon’s Riverside Restaurant where everything was uphill” for 35 years.

Muster Field Farm, North Sutton, NH
December 13, 2014
Muster Field Farm, North Sutton, NH

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.

Country Critters Farm, Winchester, NH
November 28, 2014
Country Critters Farm, Winchester, NH

“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;

Krebs Farm, Sanbornton, N.H.
November 18, 2014
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 Kristen, Ralph, and his children Elizabeth, Ben and Sophie

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 …

Field to Fork Farm, Chester, NH
October 3, 2014
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).