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How Do Women Farmers Contribute to New Hampshire Agriculture?
Saturday, January 23, 2016: Noon – 1pm (During the NH Farm & Forest Expo)
Together author Helen Brody and Photographer Leslie Tuttle visited over 100 farms to discover …
The New Hampshire Women in Agriculture Conference will return to the Farm & Forest Expo on January 22, 2016 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Manchester, NH. …
Heather Gallagher lives in a barn. That is, she and husband, Gwyn, proprietors of Many Summers Farm in Cornish, New Hampshire, occupy the converted upper floors of the farm’s gray-shingled barn. Talk about a short commute.
Expect a warm welcome when you drive into the Haynes family Crazy H farmstead in Claremont, NH. There’s an enthusiastic greeting committee composed of Stella the pot-bellied pig and her wiggly brood, two happy Labrador retrievers, Zuzu, the Dachshund, and assorted terriers. In the surrounding barns and fields, many more delightful characters wait to make your acquaintance, but none more delightful than the young lady farmer of the Crazy H.
Sheila Fabrizio grew up happily immersed in the agricultural life. Her father worked for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, both parents ran the family’s Windy Ridge Orchard outside their career jobs, and all five Fabrizio kids were involved in 4-H. But it was her journey to a far-away country that made her realize she wanted to come home to the orchard life.
“I certainly didn’t go off to college thinking I would have a career in agriculture,” says Sheila. “Probably the seed was planted when I was a kid, but it was really when I was in the Peace Corps in Senegal that I realized this is where I wanted to be.”
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.