Beech Hill Farm & Ice Cream Barn, Contoocook, NH
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For eighteen years Beech Hill Ice Cream Barn has been a magnet for both area residents and tourists who want to purchase NH made goods, plants and unique garden decorations, farm-raised meats, and ice cream. Nine generations of the Kimball family have worked the land at Beech Hill Farm which was originally granted to Aaron Kimball by the King of England in 1771. On Memorial Day 2015, as they sat on a glider shaded by a 200 year old shag bark hickory in front of the 1800 farmhouse, Donna and Bob Kimball spoke of their five decades of life at Beech Hill.

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Sheila Fabrizio, Windy Ridge Orchard, North Haverhill, NH
Posted June 25, 2015
Sheila Fabrizio, Windy Ridge Orchard, North Haverhill, NH

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.”

Doris Porter, 1950’s Farm Wife
Posted 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.

Hazzard Acres, Springfield, NH
Posted April 7, 2013
Hazzard Acres, Springfield, NH

“I like living in the woods” says Donna Abair. “No one bothers me,” And, besides, my son has given me a calling here.”  Son Raymond, when he was age seven, found the size of the …

Evandale Farm, Pittsfield, NH
Posted December 9, 2012
Evandale Farm, Pittsfield, NH

Evandale Farm’s Ray Conner and Peter Dow are part of the growing small-scale, regenerative farming movement in New Hampshire and New England; part of a growing sect of first generation farmers who are rediscovering the challenges and rewards of running a small farm and business.

While Ray focuses on the production of organically-raised meats and produce, Pete is focused on generating on-farm energy in order to create closed-loop systems on their farm.

Kris Mossey, McLeod Bros. Orchards, Milford, NH
Posted September 24, 2012
Kris Mossey, McLeod Bros. Orchards, Milford, NH

When Donald W. McLeod died in 1991, he left his seven acre apple orchard to his wife, Valerie, and two daughters, Kris and Becky. Valerie takes care of the books and works beside Kris everyday as together they share in the belief that they share in the stewardship of their family’s land. The in-laws and Becky work full-time off the farm, and although they still perform many vital farm tasks, it is on Kris and her mother’s shoulders that the majority of the hands-on farm work and management fall. And with the growth of the farm, Kris’s commitment to promoting the state’s agricultural activities has grown as well.

Heidi Bundy, Tomapo Farm, Lebanon, NH
Posted June 16, 2012
Heidi Bundy, Tomapo Farm, Lebanon, NH

At the top of Storrs Hill from the family farm’s side porch Heidi Bundy looks out over the property that has been in the Storrs – Townsend families since 1769. Below, at the bottom of …