Creamery Brook Farm in Brentwood to be Conserved!

June 19th, 2011

photo_lyford_farm4_reduced_size.jpgCongratulations to all involved in the conservation of Creamery Brook Farm in Brentwood, and for making it possible for a new generation to farm there!


Agreement Reached to Conserve Creamery Brook Farm in Brentwood


Landmark farm to be conserved, sold to local farmer!


The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire announced it has reached an agreement with the owners of the Creamery Brook Farm to ensure its agricultural fields are forever conserved. Under the terms of the agreement, the Land Trust, in partnership with the Town of Brentwood, will acquire a conservation easement on the property’s 55 acres of fields, wetlands, and forest.


 “This productive farm is a significant, scenic landscape in Brentwood,” explains Brian Hart, Executive Director of the Southeast Land Trust, a non-profit conservation organization based out of Exeter who negotiated the agreement with the family. “Under this agreement, the fields and forests will be conserved through a conservation easement and then the conserved land will be sold to a local farmer. It’s a win-win for the landowner, the community, the farmer, and lovers of local food.”


…Once the conservation easement is purchased by the Land Trust and Town, the now protected farm land and farm house would be sold by the Lyfords to farmers Kate and Jeff Donald. The Donalds currently operate Stout Oak Farm in Epping and have been active in the local food movement, volunteering and serving on the board of Seacoast Eat Local. This young farming couple is familiar with Brentwood, as Kate farmed for five years at Willow Pond Community Farm, a community-supported-agriculture (CSA) farm in the town.


 “This is truly an amazing opportunity to be able to purchase a farm here on the Seacoast where we can put down roots, continue to grow vegetables for the local community, and invest in the long-term success of local agriculture,” explained Kate, who also thanked Brentwood’s residents for their continued support of local farms. To read more… 


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

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


For flyer: nofa-nh-field-day.pdf


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Goss Farm Field Tour, June 25

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, or 603-679-2790


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Pasture Walk at New Roots Farm, June 22

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


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New Hampshire Dairy Day at Farm Museum, June 18

June 17th, 2011


The New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, NH is open for the 2011 season, The New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, NH is open for the 2011 season, with a calendar full of fun family events and weeklong summer camps for kids! Visit this weekend for New Hampshire Dairy Day, Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:


New Hampshire Dairy Day

New Hampshire Farm Museum

1305 White Mountain Hwy, Rte 125, Milton, NH

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Meet a cow and a dairy goat, enjoy a hayride around the farm, take a special barn tour focused on dairy farming, help churn cream into butter, learn about cheese making and enjoy free ice cream made right in NH. $7 adult, $4 child, members free.


For other family events, check their online calendar. Some upcoming ones include:


• Meet the Animals Day Camp, July 11 – 15

• Junior Farmers Training Camp, July 25 – 29

• Old Time Farm Days, August 20 & 21


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Summer Farm Camp at Rumsey Farm

June 15th, 2011

407.jpgRumsey Farm in York, ME offers various sessions of farm camp for the summer — kids can sign up for a week of full or half day sessions of on-the-farm activities and learning creative sustainability:


Farm Camp at Rumsey Farm

275 Cider Hill Rd, York, ME

Full day sessions $225, includes lunch

Half day sessions $125


Come spend some time on the farm!


We will focus on farming, homesteading and being self-sufficient in this camp. Children will experience daily farming chores, care of animals, and gardening. Lunch will be prepared by the children themselves using local, in season foods, many from our own farm. Each week will be filled with different activities and lots of fun and games. During our gardening, we will touch on soil preparation, planting, natural pest control and harvesting.


Throughout the week, while the children spend time with the different farm animals, they will investigate about life cycles, animal uses and predator protection. We will continually discuss our minimal impact on the land and a respect for our wonderful earth. Each week will include a field trip to visit local farms and homesteads. This year we will have a guest teacher with a focus on art history and sustainable art projects.


2011 Summer Session Dates

• Session 1: July 11-15, 4-7th graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 2: July 18-22, 1-3rd graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 3: July 25-29, kinder-1st graders, 8 – 11am

• Session 4: August 1-5, 4-7th graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 5: August 8-12, 1-3rd graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 6: August 15-19, kinder-1st graders, 8 – 11am


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UNH Open Dairy Barn, June 18

June 15th, 2011

08milk_01.jpgMeet the milking cows, try your hand at making butter, and sample free ice cream at UNH’s Annual Open Barn day on Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center:


UNH Annual Open Barn

Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public


UNH and Granite State Dairy Promotion host the annual free UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UNH’s Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.


Free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are highlights of the day’s activities. Visitors can try their hands at making butter and ice cream, enjoy games and prizes, and learn surprising facts about dairy nutrition and the dairy industry in New Hampshire. Even musical offerings will have a dairy focus, the organizers promise.


“We’re pleased to partner with Granite State Dairy Promotion to introduce visitors to one ‘source’ of the dairy products they enjoy every day,” says Jon Whitehouse, manager of the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.


According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, the New Hampshire dairy industry affects state and local economies with more than $141 million in total output, 3,717 jobs and more than $19 million in labor income. Dairy farming also helps support many businesses related to the production of milk such as feed stores, milking equipment suppliers and tractor dealerships. In 2010, New Hampshire had 130 active dairy farms, down from 182 in 2000. For more information, go to


The UNH Open Barn takes place rain or shine. For questions, contact Granite State Dairy Promotion at (603) 271-3696 or


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Summer Twilight Meetings in New Hampshire

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.


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


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


July 12. Vegetable & Berry Twilight Meeting. Moulton Farm, Meredith NH. For info, contact Kelly McAdam at 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 or 603-641-6060.


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


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


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


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


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

Strawberry Preserve Workshop, June 18

June 13th, 2011

Local strawberries are beginning to make their way into Seacoast farmers’ markets and farm stands. Early season varieties are particularly suited to preserving — take advantage of their arrival and learn basic canning skills while making strawberry jam at this upcoming workshop sponsored by New Eden Collaborative in Newbury, MA:


Strawberry Preserve Workshop

New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church

20 High Road – Route 1A, Newbury, MA 01951

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Join us in the kitchen for an introduction to food preservation with Strawberries!


There’s nothing that compares to the taste of ripe June strawberries, except your own strawberry preserves in January. Participants will learn how to save the flavor bounty of summer fruits using the simple hot water bath canning method. All will take home a jar of strawberry jam, the recipe, and a list of resources for further food preservation fun. Note: this workshop might run past noon.


Fee: $23 per person or $28 per couple taking home 1 jar of jam with online registration; $25 per single or $30 per couple the day of the event.


Workshop leader Charlotte Dion is a Permaculture designer, organic gardener, hen herder and suburban homesteader. She is a consultant to Transition Newburyport, the New Eden Community Gardens, and The Green Artists League. She teaches a variety of workshops on regenerative solutions around the North Shore and Boston. Charlotte is also the founder and organizer of the North Shore Permaculture organization.


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What if Your Garden was Subsidized?

June 13th, 2011

Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International, a Maine-based nonprofit involved in persuading the White House to plant a vegetable garden, created a graphic of what that garden would look like if planted according to farm subsidies. As Doiron writes, “In a nutshell, I was really inspired by the diversity and nutritiousness of the crops planted in the White House kitchen garden this spring and thought it would be eye-opening—not to mention jaw-dropping—to see what the White House garden would look like if it were planted to reflect the relative importance of the crops that our tax dollars are actually supporting.”

The graphic is based on information compiled from the Environmental Working Group’s farm subsidy database. Click on graphic to enlarge: