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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.

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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.

Work Song Farm, Hopkinton, NH
April 26, 2014
Work Song Farm, Hopkinton, NH

With two-month old daughter Magdalena sleeping in her arms, Abby explained that she and her husband Dan had spent eight years working to make Work Song Farm a reality. Abby grew up in Tilton, New Hampshire in a family that loves gardening and birding. She considered a career in education, but working outdoors proved to be more satisfying. Dan studied writing in college, but later realized that farming was what he really wanted to do.