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Hayride on the Farm at Brookford, June 25

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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This year, Brookford Farm in Rollinsford, NH, is offering monthly hayrides that give participants a chance to tour  the farm — they’re free, with space available on a first come, first served basis. Check their Calendar of Events for future dates:

 

Hayride on the Farm

Brookford Farm, 70 Sligo Rd, Rollinsford, NH

Saturday, June 25th at 3:30 p.m.

Free; first come, first served

 

During spring, summer, and fall, Brookford Farm offers monthly hayrides and farm tours which are great for people of all ages. On a Brookford Farm tour, you can expect to see up-close views of the cows, pigs, and chickens in the pastures, as well as our vegetable gardens, grain fields, and pastures. At certain times of year, it’s likely that you’ll even get to see newborn calves, piglets, or chicks. More than just sightseeing trips, Brookford Farm tours are led by knowledgeable guides who are farmers themselves, and who are able to explain the interconnected mysteries which are the sum total of a farm as diverse as ours.

 

We start at the Farm Store with a brief orientation to the farm, and then tour the pastures, grain fields, greenhouse, and gardens, stopping along the way to explain the inter-connected life cycles of the animals, field crops, and vegetables of Brookford Farm. We return to the farm store around 4:30 or 5. Space is limited to the first 30 participants — first come, first served. Rain or shine.

 

Hayrides, like farming, happen in all types of weather, so be sure to bring clothing for your group which will make everyone comfortable. These tours are totally free and no reservations are required. Look for upcoming farm tours on our events calendar.

 

For more information: www.brookfordfarm.com

NOFA-NH Field Day: Hidden Wonders Farm, June 21

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

71136_318824153124_2919310_n.jpgNOFA-NH is holding a series of Field Days this summer. With a focus on raising and processing poultry, the first Field Day takes place at Hidden Wonders Farm in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 21st, from 2 to 4 p.m.:

 

NOFA-NH Field Day: Hidden Wonders Farm

305 Baptist Road, Canterbury, NH

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2–4 p.m.

 

The NOFA Summer Field Days are on-site educational opportunities for organic farmers and gardeners. We have a number of exciting opportunities this summer.

 

Join us on Tuesday June 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 for a visit to Hidden Wonders Farm in Canterbury, NH. The emphasis of this visit will be on raising and processing poultry. See the flyer for directions and details.

 

The cost of the Field Day events is $20 for NOFA members, $25 for non-members, $5 for beginning farmers. Nobody will be turned away for inability to meet the fee.

 

Contact Leon Malan at 526-3632 or e-mail lmalan@colby-sawyer.edu.

 

For flyer: nofa-nh-field-day.pdf

 

For more information: www.nofanh.org

Goss Farm Field Tour, June 25

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Here’s your opportunity to find out more about what’s going on at Goss Farm in Rye, during a field tour on Saturday, June 25th, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon:

 

Goss Farm Field Tour

Goss Farm, Harbor Rd, Rye, NH

Saturday, June 25, 2011

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Free and open to the public

 

Come learn about how to participate in this remarkable conservation opportunity! Learn about the history of the farm, initial conservation efforts, eradication of invasive plants, and the importance of shoreland buffer protection. Please wear appropriate clothing for a field tour including long sleeves, gloves, and boots.

 

Presenters: Tracy Degnan, Rockingham County Conservation District; Fred Borman, UNH Cooperative Extension; Jill Farrell, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership.

 

Sponsored by: Rye Conservation Commission, Rockingham County Conservation District, and Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP).

 

Contact: Tracy Degnan, Rockingham County Conservation District, rccdted@comcast.net or 603-679-2790

 

For flyer: http://extension.unh.edu/Counties/Rockingham/Docs/GossFarm.pdf

 

For more information: http://extension.unh.edu/events/index.cfm?e=app.event&event_id=23821

Pasture Walk at New Roots Farm, June 22

Friday, June 17th, 2011

newroots.jpgThe Granite State Graziers continue their series of educational pasture walks at New Roots Farm in Newmarket on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public — come and learn how the Cantaras have integrated pasturing into their diversified farm:

 

Pasture Walk: New Roots Farm

Granite State Graziers

New Roots Farm, 31 Doe Farm Lane, Newmarket, NH

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 4:30–6 p.m.

 

Join us at New Roots Farm for a pasture walk that’s sure to have something for everyone.

 

Jeff and Renee Cantara raise poultry, lambs, hogs and beef cattle along with vegetables on 70 acres in Newmarket. What began as a certified organic vegetable operation 10 years ago has gradually evolved into a livestock-centric system focusing on both MIG and mob-grazing practices to improve pasture health and livestock performance. The Cantaras also utilize livestock as a nutrient transfer mechanism in their vegetable operation. The farm’s model is one of producing high quality food and direct marketing to end consumers through Farmers’ Markets, their own and other CSA programs, and occasional restaurant sales. Come learn about both the successes and bumps-in-the-road that the Cantara’s have encountered over the years along with their plans for future endeavors. Specific practices that will be discussed include multispecies MIG and mob grazing, utilizing pastured poultry to revitalize hayfields, growing and grazing forage for hogs, on-farm poultry processing, simple and effective livestock shelters and more.

 

The pasture walk will be held June 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. New Roots Farm is located at 31 Doe Farm Lane in Newmarket, NH. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Granite State Graziers is a collaborative effort of the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and North Country Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information about this pasture walk, contact Jeff Cantara at New Roots Farm, 603-292-5902, or farmers@newrootsfarm.com.

 

For more information: www.grazenh.com

Summer Twilight Meetings in New Hampshire

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

See what’s going on at other farms, and learn and interact with other growers by attending a Twilight Meeting, sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension:

 

THIS THURSDAY, June 16. High Tunnel Twilight Meeting, Ledgewood Farm, Moultonborough NH. 3-5pm: High Tunnel Construction, 5-7pm: Vegetable & Fruit Production, IPM and Disease Management in tunnels.

http://extension.unh.edu/events/files/93295515-A4BA-DB0D-3646282DC22F527C.pdf

 

June 22. Tools for Tunnels. Moriah Valley Farm, Tassey Family, Sherburne NH. For info, contact Steve Turaj at steven.turaj@unh.edu or 603-788-4961.

 

June 29. Backpack and Airblast Calibration Demonstration. Edgewater Farm, Plainfield NH. For info, contact Seth Wilner at seth.wilner@unh.edu or 603-863-9200.

 

July 12. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Moulton Farm, Meredith NH. For info, contact Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh.edu or 603-527-5475.

 

July 13. New Hampshire Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting. Poverty Lane Orchards & Farnum Hill Ciders, Lebanon NH. 5:30-7:30pm. Hosted by Stephen Wood & family. For info, contact George Hamilton at george.hamilton@unh.edu or 603-641-6060.

 

July 13. Tools for Tunnels. David & Andrea Craxton’s Roots & Fruits, Dalton NH. For info, contact Steve Turaj at steven.turaj@unh.edu or 603-788-4961.

 

July 14. Winter Growing Workshop. North Haverhill, NH. For info, contact Heather Bryant at heather.bryant@unh.edu or 603-787-6944.

 

July 18. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. J&F Farms, Derry NH. For info, contact Nada Haddad at nada.haddad@unh.edu or 603-679-5616.

 

July 20. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Meadowstone Farm, Bethlehem NH. For info, contact Heather Bryant at heather.bryant@unh.edu or 603-787-6944.

 

Aug 2. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Dimond Hill Farm, Concord NH. For info, contact Amy Ouellette at amy.ouellette@unh.edu or 603-796-2151.

YCFN Twilight Meeting at Anderson Farm, June 14

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The next Twilight Meeting of the York County Farmers’ Network will take place at Anderson Farm in Dayton, ME, on Tuesday, June 14th. The focus of the evening will be a tour of this diversified commercial vegetable operation.

 

YCFN Twilight Meeting, Potluck Supper and Tour

Anderson Farm, 77 Buda Rd., Dayton, ME

Ed LeBlanc, host

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

5:30 p.m. potluck supper; 6:30 p.m. tour

 

Join the network for a potluck meal and tour of the farm’s vegetable operations. Please bring folding chairs, dishes and silverware for your own use.

 

Anderson Farm is located a short distance north of Route 5 in Dayton, about 25 minutes from Alfred.

 

Contact: Becky Gowdy, 207-324-2814 or 1-800-287-1535, or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu.

 

For more information: www.ycfn.org

Pasture Walk: Bonnie Brae Farms, June 8

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

71136_163302340375711_5344882_n.jpgThe Granite State Graziers, a statewide network for grass-based farming, is sponsoring a Pasture Walk at Bonnie Brae Farms in Plymouth, NH, on Wednesday, June 8th, at 4:30 p.m. These series of Pasture Walks focus on fundamental grazing skills, and new and innovative practices, and are free and open to the public:

 

Pasture Walk: Bonnie Brae Farms

Granite State Graziers

Bonnie Brae Farms, Plymouth, NH

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

4:30–6 p.m., rain or shine

 

Spend an afternoon in Plymouth at Bonnie Brae Farms exploring how grazing figures into the way Henry Ahern raises red deer. The walk will be held Wednesday, June 8 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

 

Bonnie Brae Farms has been producing locally grown, farm-raised venison since 1994. The farm is owned and operated by Henry, who represents the third generation to farm the land. His first deer arrived in early 1994, and they have proven to be a perfect fit.

 

Fawns pose special challenges in the rotational grazing system used at Bonnie Brae Farms. Henry will also discuss some challenges that those of us with more standard-issue animals might face: pasture flooding and thistle. He’ll also show us a gravel pit that he’s reclaiming for grazing.

 

Bonnie Brae Farms meat products have no antibiotics, steroids, or added hormones. The animals eat grass and hay, as well as some grain, which is useful as a management tool. Roasts, steaks, burger, sausage and more are available at the farm, at the Concord Farmers Market, or by mail order. The farm offers breeding stock and their own velvet antler nutritional supplements. They are open year round.

 

Directions to Bonnie Brae Farms: Interstate 93 (Northbound and Southbound): Take a left at Exit 24 (Ashland) onto Route 3 N. Drive two miles. Deer farm is at red brick house and a barn on the right hand side of the road. Ph: 603-536-3880, fax: 603-536-2649; or email: admin@bonniebraefarms.com. Visit their web site: www.bonniebraefarms.com.

 

The pasture walk is free and open to the public. Donations to the Granite State Graziers will be gladly accepted at the event.

 

Granite State Graziers is a collaborative effort of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and UNH Cooperative Extension.  For more information, contact GSG coordinator Bill Fosher (news@grazenh.com) or 399-9975

 

For more information: www.grazenh.com.

Early Harbingers of the Season: Riverside Farm, Blueberry Bay Farm

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

One by one, local farms and farm stands are also beginning to open for the season. Riverside Farm in North Berwick sends word that they are now open for business, and Blueberry Farm in Stratham will be open spring weekends beginning Saturday, May 7th.

 

From Riverside Farm:

 

We are currently opened daily from 9–12 and 1–4, weekdays only, to celebrate Spring’s arrival! Shelf goods and greenhouse produce, including:

 

Riverside Salad Mix

Beet Greens

Kale

Scallions

Pac Choi

Radishes

Baby Lettuce

 

Plenty of fall dug potatoes and Gregg’s Great Eggs, plus a great selection of hanging baskets and cold tolerant bedding plants are also available at the Farm Stand. April 21st is our official opening when everything will be available. We still have a few CSA shares available. Check out our website for details: www.riversidefarmstand.com for details.

 

From Blueberry Bay:

 

We hope you had a great winter season, and didn’t let the snow dampen your enthusiasm!

 

We are again expecting a productive season in 2011, and are happy to announce that we will be opening on Saturday May 7 for pick-your-own lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, asparagus and chives (we’ll also be selling strawberry plants and pansies). We will be open again the next day, Sunday May 8, and all weekends (Saturdays & Sundays only) therafter until Saturday July 2 when we will start blueberry picking, and, of course, many other berriews, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs, on a 7-day per week schedule. Our weekend hours in May & June will be 9:00AM to 4:00PM.  And as always, all of our crops are grown naturally; that is, no synthetic chemicals are ever used, and we never spray a crop once the edible portion is formed. Remember also, that by picking from a living plant, you get the freshest possible produce, for maximum nutrition and taste.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the farm this spring!

 

For more information: www.blueberrybayfarm.com.

 

Check the Seacoast Eat Local calendar for full listings of events and local farmers’ markets!

Jenness Farm’s Annual Spring Open House Weekend, April 16 & 17

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Jenness Farm 

Annual Spring Open House & Open Farm Weekend

April 16 & 17, 2011

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day!

 

38.jpgJoin us at Jenness Farm for our Annual Spring Open House and Open Farm Weekend — help us welcome the new 2011 babies! Just hatched chicks will be here to see…if you can get past the dog, Rhun. It’s his job to herd those chicks and he takes his work very seriously! He’ll also have his frisbee ready for anyone who would like to throw it for him.

 

There are many things so see including the new 2011 baby goats, chicks, sheep, new piglets, guinea hens, chickens and more. We have some new vendors joining us this year with a great variety of things to sample and purchase. 

 

Face painting will be available and samples of goat milk, goat milk fudge, jams and jellies, gourmet cupcakes and more to try and buy. Cider donuts will be available for purchase and that alone is worth the trip!!!

 

The event is free and we will have restroom facilities available.

 

Don’t miss this as we only open the farm twice a year for tours. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it out on the lawn. Be prepared to share some with the turkeys and chickens roaming around the farm.

 

Jenness Farm, 77 Garland Rd, Nottingham, NH. For more information: www.jennessfarm.com.

CSA shares available at Riverside Farmstand & Greenhouse

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Interested in joining a CSA this year.?  Here’s a recent announcement from the farmers at Riverside Farmstand in North Berwick:

Riverside Farm Stand & Greenhouse has CSA shares available for the 2011 season!   Our CSA covers not only fresh fruit and vegetables but includes items from our greenhouses (bedding and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, etc) and commercial kitchen (fresh bread, chicken pot pies, jams, relishes, etc).   We also include items that we source locally like milk, honey, and eggs.   Our CSA program is unique in that we offer full choice and do not prepack a box for you.  If you are interested, please check our website, www.riversidefarmstand.com for details.

Come talk to the farmers in person this Saturday at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter!