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Live Free and Farm: Food and Independence in the Granite State

By John Carroll, Professor of Environmental Conservation, UNH (September 13, 2014)



Dear Fellow Granite Stater,


Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law SB-141 – Granite State Farm to Plate (RSA 425:2a), declaring it to be the policy of the State of New Hampshire to encourage and support local food and farming, and the processing of the product of local food and farming, wherever it occurs throughout New Hampshire.  We are at the beginning of a new era in New Hampshire agriculture.  In honor of this event, please accept as a gift the new book, LIVE FREE AND FARM: FOOD AND INDEPENDENCE IN THE GRANITE STATE. Written by UNH Professor John Carroll in service to the people of New Hampshire, and colorfully illustrated by New Hampshire artist Linda Isaacson, LIVE FREE AND FARM, which you may download at your convenience at no charge, paints a picture of New Hampshire as it has been and as it can be: a more self-sufficient and independent state fed more by its own farmers, gardeners and fishers, and thus a healthier state – physically, economically and politically.


As the title says, may you LIVE FREE AND FARM, and, for the sake of our well-being and security as Granite Staters, may you join me in supporting and encouraging those who do!

-John Carroll and Linda Isaacson





“Prof. Carroll offers plenty of evidence to convince me that New Hampshire has the necessary tools to move toward far-greater food self-sufficiency, perhaps most important being a fairly affluent population and a fine university with the research and teaching capacity to undergird the science and business sides of farming. It has neighboring states that have already tested many strategies to expand local food production and there is also compelling evidence of consumer interest in the form of an explosion in numbers of farmers’ markets.”

                                                         -Steve Taylor, New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Markets, 1980-2005


Click here to download the book!



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