New Hampshire Farm Women
Brookfield Farm is as rich in history as it is in sustaining a rich and fulfilling agricultural way of life for the Gowdy family. “At the end of the day, when all the cows, sheep, the cat, and the dog are here, and everyone is okay, and nothing needs attention— that is my greatest pleasure,” says Holly. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”
Approximately 35 – 40 of the 80 acres that belong to Barker’s Farm is under production with a variety of produce and flowers. The fields are surrounded by wooded areas that also connect to conservation land and town parks such as Stratham Hill Park. Edie’s passion for the area and cultivation of healthy produce is evident in her tone as she describes how the land is cared for.
While it was Sel’s name on the potato bags, much of the driving force behind the farm came from his wife, Paulie, who ran a good portion of the farm show, mostly from behind the scenes. And it was their daughter Joan who managed the farm for a decade after Sel’s death, before selling it in 2002 and retiring to her gardens at the family home on a hill above Ski Hearth Farm.
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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. …