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Susan Cutting, Cutting Farm, West Springfield, NH

By Helen Brody (February 22, 2009)

scuttingchickensThe self sufficiency that goes with farming is the legacy that both sides of Susan Cutting’s family handed down to their daughter. “Our aim is to feed ourselves, at least as far as we can take it,” she says. And that noble Yankee trait is exactly what Susan and her husband Keith, hope for their children and grandchildren.Retired from the postal service, farming is now a full-time job for Susan as she tends the garden, cans and freezes her produce, and sells her goods at farmers’ markets.

During the slower times of the year, Susan renders and strains all the extra beeswax from Keith’s bees and his “Cutting Farm Wildflower Honey.” In her basement workshop, she makes candles into shapes and colors “to attract the eye of customers at farmers’ markets, but it is the natural beeswax candles that are always the biggest sellers.”

scuttingfarmdisplayIn the early summer she and Keith plant a one acre vegetable garden and, as Keith has a full-time job outside the home, as the season progresses, Susan can be found in the garden everyday weeding to provide the best produce for the farmers’ markets. “I used to go to four markets but now have settled on only two – Lebanon and Wilmot. Four markets was just too many and provide good and flavorful produce.” she says. “Otherwise we would have to hire someone and we prefer to continue as a small family run farm.” Her vision is for their grandchildren to pitch in as they get older. Ten year old Tristin already eyes those weeds with a “I’ll get you look.”

But the vegetable garden is only part of Susan’s work on the farm. During the summer, knowing that folks come from miles around to pick up one of her pies or raspberry or blueberry cakes, “I decided not to get into a big line of baked goods so I decided to specialize and make only things that use our own freshly picked fruits.” Then there are the 25 to 30 black and white speckled Bard Rock chickens from which she gets meat and eggs. As for their USDA slaughtered beef and pork, that fare sells quickly and must be picked up at the farm only by special order.

So what does all this self sufficiency reap? Well, a plentiful larder for a starter and as Susan muses, “very few trips to the grocery store.”

Susan Cutting
Cutting Farm
266 Sanborn Hill Rd.
West Springfield, NH
mailing address:
PO Box 605, Grantham, NH 03766

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