Farm Profiles February 2020

Victory Aquaponics, Londonderry, NH

Victory Aquaponics, Londonderry, NH

Victory Aquaponics is able to sell fresh lettuce, kale, swiss chard and more throughout the entire year to local farm markets using their climate-controlled greenhouse. 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.

Address: 17 Brewster Rd,
Londonderry, NH 03038
Phone: +1 781-974-0908


Robie Farm, Piermont, NH

Robie Farm, Piermont, NH

One of the staples at Robie Farm is their raw milk. This milk has three very important purposes. It is used for their cheeses, which are made on site, and it is also sold and used to feed calves. As of 2016, they have about 20 dairy cows that are milked daily. Lee milks the cows two days a week, while Mark milks them the rest of the week. Each of their cows has a name, and they keep track of lineage by naming each calf using the first letter of the mother’s name. Buy fresh milk, eggs, specialty meats and cheese direct from the farm.

Address: 25 Route 10, 
Piermont, NH 03779
Phone: +1 603-272-4872

Riley’s Farm, Epping, NH

Riley’s Farm, Epping, NH

Riley’s Farm is a “no judgment zone,” as the goal is to create and build positive relationships with horses and riders of all levels. Linsay personifies that philosophy as she offers a quick hello to each of her horses who eagerly watch and nicker to her upon her approach, their actions demonstrating the respect and trust each has for the other. So whether you are contemplating sitting in a saddle for the first time ever or want to take the next step to advance your horsemanship skills, be sure to check out what Riley’s Farm can offer you!

Address: 74 Hedding Road (Rte 87),
Epping, NH, 03042
Phone: +1 603-793-9919

Pinewoods Yankee Farm, Lee, NH

Pinewoods Yankee Farm, Lee, NH

Tina and her husband, Erick, established the farm about 30 years ago, with the name originating from a dog kennel that Erick’s father once owned. Little did they know that the purchase of a herd of Angus cattle from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) would provide the foundation for Pinewoods Yankee Farm, now selling flowers year-round along with grass fed beef, hay, and compost at the farm by order and appointment.

Address: 93 North River Road,
Lee, New Hampshire 03861
Phone: +1 603-659-8106


Back 40 Acre Farm, Chester, NH

Back 40 Acre Farm, Chester, NH

Fresh, natural, and local are only a few of many words to describe the quality of the food products available at Back 40 Acre Farm. Bill Ahie is the “chief cook and bottle washer” and proud of it. His attention to detail is paramount, and he sees to the daily order of tasks that call on him from all around the farm. He is on the go 24/7 with many projects on the “to do” list. This former Army Veteran from the Vietnam era and canine police officer for many years continues to be on a mission. The farm is his mission, and nothing is overlooked.

Address: 75 Fremont Road,
Chester, New Hampshire 03036
Phone: +1 603 300-6956


Barker’s Farm, Stratham, NH

Barker’s Farm, Stratham, NH

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. Refer to the farm’s harvest schedule for seasonal product availability.

Address: 216 Portsmouth Ave,
Stratham, NH 03885
Phone: +1 603 778-1039

Greenhill Collective Farm, Sutton, NH

Greenhill Collective Farm, Sutton, NH

Greenhill Collective Farm, located in Sutton, New Hampshire, is a small, off the grid, certified organic farm owned and operated by Ben Dobrowski and his family. The “Collective” part of the farm name is related to the vision of eventually renting out small portions of the farm to people that want to farm but don’t have the land to. They specialize in the production of organic vegetables sold to the community at local farmers markets and through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.

Address: 475 Birch Hill Rd
Sutton, NH 03278
Phone: +1 603 540-1156

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Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery, Meriden Village, NH

Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery, Meriden Village, NH

Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery got its start in the 1970s when Jim, Bill, and Rob Taylor were youngsters working on their family’s dairy farm. For fun, they tapped some maple trees in the neighborhood, borrowed an old canning pot from their mother, built an arch of concrete blocks and went into the syrup business. Syrup, cheese and more local farm products for sale.

Address: 166 Main St,
Meriden, NH 03770
Phone: +1 (603) 469-3182

DeMeritt Hill Farm, Lee, NH

DeMeritt Hill Farm - Lee, NH

Diversification is a key word in the vocabulary of the Wilson family, and diversify they have! Pick-your-own blueberries, apples, pumpkins, and occasionally peaches are available in season. Sweet breads, many featuring the farm’s own fruit, are baked right on the farm in a commercial kitchen. No matter the season, homemade apple cider donuts are always a favorite with the crowds. Demeritt Hill Farm hosts multiple events throughout the year including a haunted Halloween hayride.

Address: 20 Orchard Way
Lee, New Hampshire 03861
Phone: +1 (603) 868-2111


Lull Farm, Hollis & Milford, NH

Lull Farm Milford New Hampshire

Lull Farm isn’t exactly a rural, Sunday afternoon drive destination. Seven days a week, visitors pass a shopping center and several fields before parking in the car-dotted lot off of Route 130 in Hollis. They emerge beneath some massive willow trees before entering a bustling, bursting-at-the-seams food market.
Before even getting in the door, shoppers weave between boxes of 70 different heirloom tomato varieties. Inside, rows of produce lead to the bakery, cheese counter, cut flower display and shelves of local value-added products – all the fruits of “Farmer Dave” Orde’s labor.

Address: 615 Rte 13 N/S
Milford NH 03055
Phone: +1 (603) 673-3119


Brookford Farm, Canterbury, NH

Brookford Farm, Canterbury NH

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.

Address: 250 West Rd.
Canterbury, NH
Phone: +1 (603) 742-4084


Gould Hill Farm, Contoocook, NH

Gould Hill Farm, Contoocook, NH

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.

Address: 656 Gould Hill Road
Contoocook, NH 03229
Phone: +1 (603) 746-3811


Miles Smith Farm, Loudon, NH

Miles Smith Farm, Loudon, NH

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.

Address: 56 Whitehouse Road
Loudon, NH 03307
Phone: +1 (603) 783 5159


Stuart Farm, Stratham, NH

Stuart Farm, Stratham, NH

For nearly six decades, the Stuart Farm, with its rolling hills and dairy cows, has been a landmark in Stratham, New Hampshire. Located near the Great Bay Estuary, Stuart Farm is one of the first farms to be conserved by the state of New Hampshire.

Address: 73 College Rd
Stratham, New Hampshire 03885
Phone: +1 (603) 772-3059


Devriendt Farm, Goffstown, NH

Devriendt Farm, Goffstown, NH

Lea, with soil under her fingernails and hands stained pink from strawberries, said, “Farming is a seven-day-a-week job for everyone in the family.” They start their greenhouses the last week in January, growing annuals, potted perennials, vegetables, and herbs. The farmstand, nursery, and ice cream stand are open from the end of April through the end of October.

Address: 178 S. Mast St.
Goffstown, NH 03045
Phone: +1 (603) 497-2793

Learn About Organic Agriculture

Learn the basics of organic agriculture from soil preparation, fertilization and plant maintenance. We overview the methods most common in organic farming.

Organic agriculture is the practice of growing crops using only organic ingredients, from the fertilizer that provides nutrients to plants to the foliar spray used to prevent pests. USDA organic regulations restrict the use of conventional farming practices such as using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

Organically-grown food is considered premium and is often sold at  higher prices than non-organic food. The popularity of organically-grown vegetables, fruits and buds may continue to grow in the consumer market.

From afar, it’s easy to look at organic gardening with skepticism, as not all methods shared in books, databases and online line-up with each other, making organic agriculture seem disorganized.

However, within the scope of organic growing a few key practices are usually followed:

  • Soil testing, to analyze the nutrient profile of the soil used to grow plants in.
  • Soil preparation, by mixing soil mediums, tillage of the ground, or mulching and permaculture techniques.
  • The addition of organic matter into the soil, such as compost.
  • The application of animal manure, for providing plants with nitrogen and other nutrients.
  • Usage of mineral and bone powders as a source of nutrients.
  • Mulching with leaf litter, grass clippings or hay.
  • Crop inspection, removal of infected plants by hand or with natural alternatives to chemical pesticides/fungicides.

Soil Testing

Soil Testing

The soil in your garden or farm can be sent to a co-op for a small fee to analyze the nutrient content. This will help you better understand the right amendments to use when crop planning. There are various co-op extensions throughout the country that provide soil tests, where you can send in a sample of your own, like the UNH Cooperative Extension.

Soil Preparation

Tractor Tilling

Compacted soil makes it hard for developing roots to push through and expand, which in-turn leads to less available resources for the plant to use. Optimizing the consistency of the soil plays a major role in promoting fast and healthy roots. Soil is aerated by farmers usually by tilling, with some farmers and gardeners doing more niche techniques such as permaculture and layering of soil with compost.

The microbiology of soil can only survive in a small range deeper or shallower from it’s natural habitat in the soil. This means that disturbance of soil ends up destroying some natural microbial life contained. In best practice, tilling and excessive disturbance of the soil layers are to be avoided if possible, although the trade-off of compacted soil may be worse which leaves the farmer with an ultimatum.

Introducing Organic Matter into the Soil


Compost is simply rotted organic matter. Adding compost to soil is good for soil structure, as the air contained helps to aerate the root zone around crops. Compost is also beneficial to the microbiology that lives within soils. As the compost decomposes, natural bacteria and fungi work to process the excess nutrients, while providing additional perks to plants such as mycorrhizal fungi, a natural fungus that helps plants absorb the mineral phosphorus and other nutrients in a sort of symbiotic relationship with the plant.

Organic matter such as compost, grass clipping and leaf litter can be incorporated into the soil. However consider withholding non-decomposed “woody” material such as wood chips, as a significant amount of nitrogen is needed which may be stolen from the plant.

The Application of Manure

chicken manure 3-2-2

Manure is used for crops as a natural form of nitrogen and other major, minor and micro-nutrients. Chicken manure is the most commonly used animal manure in agriculture that farmers buy or produce. Rated around a 3-2-2 NPK, chicken manure is a suitable growth fertilizer for a wide range of crops. Other animal manures used include pig manure, goat manure, cow manure and more.

Vermiculture or the use of worm castings in soil has shown to be very popular among organic gardeners and farmers. The nutrient profile of worm castings is made by what ingredients were used to feed the worms.

Usage of Mineral and Bone Powders


Mineral, rock and bone powders are used to alter the chemical composition of the soil, organically. Here are a few examples:

  • Dolomite lime is a common soil amendment used to naturally raise the pH of soil. A soil test will determine whether lime application is necessary for your area.
  • Bone meal is a high source of calcium, magnesium nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other vital nutrients for plant growth.
  • Greensand, mined from glauconitic sandstone deposits in shallow sedimentary basins on the ocean floor, is a rich source of glauconite, high in iron, potassium and magnesium. (Thanks Erick)



Mulch is used to cover the bare topsoil around a plant’s root-zone. A mulch helps to preserve water, as the sun’s rays make the plant perspire and lose moisture. Typically only a mulch of 1-5 inches is recommended, as thicker mulches may harbor pests and take away from the available nitrogen surrounding the plant. A thin-material mulch is preferred, such as high-nitrogen grass clippings.

Crop Inspection

crop inspection

Organically-grown crops are usually more prone to pest attack and disease than crops grown using chemical pesticides. This means manual inspection of plants should be done more frequently, to try and minimize the spread of such injuries.

Natural pesticide and fungicide options include a strong and spicy oils, chili pepper, peppermint, soap, and also “alive” microbial agents.