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Home » Carroll County (Sandwich/Wolfeboro Region), Farm Profiles, Wolfeboro

The Olde Ways at Mustard Seed Farm, Wolfeboro, NH

By Helen Brody

Mustard Seed propertyCharles and Dina Farrell are part of a movement giving re-birth to family farming in the most traditional sense. They are building a self-sustaining farm that produces everything necessary to provide for their family of four children and for their farmstand customers.

Their farm name reflects this renaissance of the rural farm family. According to Dina, “the words ’The Olde Ways’ represents the nourishing traditions of our forefathers and the mustard seed embodies the belief offered up in Matthew 17:22 that ‘if you have faith as small as a mustard seed… nothing is impossible.’ ”

In 2008, the couple purchased the circa 1800 house and 86 acres in the historic district of Wolfeboro. Located half-way up Haines Hill, the farm sets back from a dirt road on farmland that they are reclaiming with the assistance of a hired helper while Charles works off the farm. The house, a classic cape, features a central chimney, two fireplaces and a Glenwood cookstove that Dina uses for cooking and heat from October through May. Numerous additions have been made over the years by previous owners to make the building into what Dina calls “the classic big house, little house, back house, barn.” Their farmstore, an old smokehouse with a farmer’s porch added, is located beyond the barn  and is open year around.

The family lives by organic standards themselves and is currently seeking government USDA organic certification for the many products they sell. In 2012 Dina helped to move the state legislature to change  some requirements of the  New Hampshire Homestead License with respect to small farms. They are now exempt for up to $10,000 in gross sales of “non-hazardous foods” sold from the farmhouse, farmstand, or at a farmers’ market.  The change in the law allows the sale of a limited amount of raw milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter without having to acquire a license. Some baked goods are also included. “This law exemption  is a big step for very small farms who want to sell what they already produce for their own families and be able to cover the expense of owning a farm,” says Dina.

Mustard Seed farm continues to make the main thrust of the farm their beef and dairy products. But, as with most small local farms, they are very diversified and sell the pork, chicken, rabbit, heirloom vegetables, herbs and herb products that they produce themselves. They sell fresh baked bread from Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery in Wonalancet, NH. There are even a few antiques for sale.

With a goal of extending New Hampshire’s painfully short growing season, their one nod to the modern era is a new high tunnel that lies beyond their 80 foot barn. Their hope is that it will give them a better shot at restoring their houses and bring their hill top property to healthy profitability.

As a well-integrated subsistence farm, chickens roam freely, while the pigs root and cows graze. All add nutrients to the soil to give flavor and vitamins to their vegetables and fruits. This perfect cycle, though productive for centuries, is currently having a revival among small farmers. The farm is open to the public “With many animals for children to enjoy, we love showing people around,” says Dina, “and if people come at the right time, they might even be able to milk a cow.”

The Olde Ways at Mustard Seed Farm                                                                                                       Mustard Seed Farm
Charles & Dina Farrell
288 Haines Hill Road
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
603-569-4529
http://theoldewaysatmustardseedfarm.blogspot.com

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Published on: January 5, 2013 Last modified on: May 11, 2016


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