New Hampshire Merrimack Valley
Catarina and Luke Mahoney met at a farm near St. Petersburg, Russia in the fall of 1999 and lived there for five years. This 240-acre diversified, biodynamic farm was set up to provide a healthy living and working environment for handicapped individuals. At the farm they were exposed to many different aspects of agriculture and sustainable living.
As with many modern farmers, Tim and Amy Bassett would like to be working their land full time and with total devotion; after all, farming is in their blood. Tim is a fourth generation farmer, growing up on their family dairy farm, now run by his brother in Woodstock, Vermont. Amy’s grandfather, was a dairy farmer as well in Landaff, New Hampshire. But time and conditions impose the same challenges on farmers as they do on all families, and children of the earth cannot always carry on the traditions which they have been raised in and love as in the old days.
In the mid-1800s Miles Smith, a mason and farmer, cleared his land, built a house, raised a family, erected time-honored stone walls and pastured pigs, goats and dairy cattle. Today as an enduring reminder of that redoubtable heritage Miles Smith is buried in a cemetery on the land where he toiled. And while it may seem a tad fanciful, Carole Soule and Bruce Dawson, the current owners will, from time to time, visit the old owner’s grave for reflection and inspiration. In any event, Miles Smith still seems to wield considerable influence.
Ross feeds the fish a vegetarian diet of organic grain. The water flows from the fish tanks into a
biological filter filled with small plastic balls with spiked protrusions where the ammonia in the
waste produced by the fish is converted by beneficial bacteria first into nitrites then nitrates
which is what the plants thrive on.
In the small town of Contoocook, New Hampshire, sits family-run, community-loved Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farm. Bohanan Farm has been a thriving farm since the turn of the 20th century. Established by Lester Bohanan, it has been in his family for generations, with his great-granddaughter Heather and her husband, Jamie Robinson, its current owners.
This simple to prepare casserole can be made the day before. If refrigerated, bring to room temperature before baking. Left overs heat up well and are great for breakfast or lunch. Serve with a vibrant green vegetable for the addition of color.