New Hampshire Organic and Sustainable Farm Weekend

8/29/2013

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH), in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, and Carroll County Farm Weekend, is organizing a first-of-its-kind event: an Organic and Sustainable Farm Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8.

The theme of the event is "Get to know the hands that feed you!" Participants can take a whirlwind tour of 26 sustainable and organic farms throughout New Hampshire or simply select from a few local farms to visit in each region during the weekend of September 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participating farms will open their doors to the public and will offer tastings of produce, grass-fed sausage, jams and jellies, homemade mustard, and herbal teas. Visitors can participate in farm tours and various scheduled activities such as fishing, wellness workshops, farm equipment demonstrations and live animal showings. The event is free and open to the public; each farm will have its own unique activities and will offer a range of goods for sale, from PYO berries, fresh herbs and veggies available at farmstands, country cheeses and jams for sale, free-range eggs, pumpkin picking and more.

"This event comes just as we are heading into the harvest season," said Janet Wilkinson, NOFA-NH executive director. "It's a great way to show support for local, organic and sustainable farmers and to see firsthand all the work they do to provide for New Hampshire's food system. We invite you to bring the family, take in the rural scenery, and get to know the hands that feed you."

Participating Farms and Activities:
Red Manse Farm (Certified Organic): Short (1/4 mile) walking tour, featuring a look at vegetables, tree fruit, maple syrup, and mushroom operations. Our Place Farm will also be on hand with a few of their animals, as their animals are pastured there. www.redmansefarm.com

Bee Fields Farm: Take a guided tour in the medicinal herb garden. The farmstand will be open, selling herbal products made with herbs from the farm. www.beefieldsfarm.com

Evandale Farm (Certified Organic): Self-guided tours; farmer Ray will be on hand answering questions and talking about being an organic farmer in New Hampshire. www.evandalefarm.com

Tracie's Community Farm: Self-guided tours, on-site farmstand with vegetables, cut flowers and in-season fruit including garlic, Walpole Creamery ice cream, Orchard Hill Breadworks bread, Smith Country Cheese, Bella Galla Farm eggs, maple syrup, honey, jam. www.traciesfarm.com

Butternut Farm: Open for business; PYO peaches and apples. Please ask for Giff, owner of Butternut Farm, if you have any questions; he is happy to chat about Butternut's farming practices. www.butternutfarm.com

Sumner Brook Fish Farm: Come feed the fish, take a tour of the fish farm and go fishing; free fishing pole rentals. www.sumnerbrookfishfarm.com

Langford Homestead Herbs: Guided tours of the herbal farm; farmstand will be open. https://www.facebook.com/LangfordHomesteadHerbs

Mayfair Farm: Self-guided tours and sausage tasting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.mayfairfarmnh.com

Minglewood Farm: Guided tours of a "nano-farm" property, new food forest development and permaculture efforts--great destination for homesteaders and gardeners; veggies available for sale. www.minglewoodfarm.co.nf

New Earth Organic Farm (Certified Organic): Guided tours and organic produce tasting. www.newearthorganicfarm.com

Russell's Blueberries (Certified Organic): Guided tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Garlic and daylilies for sale. www.russellcertifiedorganic.com

His Grace Farm: PYO pumpkin patch and farmstand. www.morrisfamilybusiness.com

Clover Leaf Farm: Farm tour and open farmstand. www.cloverleaffarmnh.com

Earle Family Farm: Farm tour and open farmstand. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Earle-Family-Farm/433561676736171

White Gates Farm: Educational presentations on "Lowering Cholesterol Naturally" at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Herbal tea tastings throughout the day. Open discussion and Q&A on herbal healing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Composting workshop, open farmstand, sausage tasting, tours and animal visits. www.whitegates-farm.com

Vegetable Ranch (Certified Organic): Farm Tours and open farmstand. www.vegetableranch.com

Wotton Farm: Free samples of produce, farm tours and a farmstand with lots of yummy things for sale. Laying hens, broilers, turkeys, pigs and cows. www.wottonfarm.webs.com

Miles Smith Farm: Farm tours and open farmstand. Live cattle. Ride "Rotunda," a saddled-up giant hay bale. www.milessmithfarm.com

Pork Hill Farm (Certified Organic): Farm tours and open farmstand. www.porkhillfarm.com

NH Mushroom Company (Certified Organic): **Sunday, September 8, only; Offering tours focusing on cultivation process and species grown. Discuss wild foraging for edibles, with emphasis on beginner identification. www.nhmushrooms.com

Sidewalk Farms: Intensive urban gardening/farming workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Farm tours. Produce for sale. www.sidewalkfarms.com

New Hampshire Farm Museum: Tour the New Hampshire Farm Museum farm, Visit the museum and see exhibits on historical agriculture and equipment. Museum admission half off for NOFA members.
www.farmmuseum.org

SpringHill Farm: Farm tour, veggies and small fruit, produce tasting. www.springhillfarmnh.com

Warner River Organics (Certified Organic): Self-guided tours of the mushroom laying yard and high tunnels. https://www.facebook.com/WarnerRiverOrganics?ref=br_tf

Cheshire Garden: Garden tours. Jam and mustard tasting. Herbal teas. www.cheshiregarden.com

Apple Haven Farm (Certified Organic): Saturday open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday goat milking demo at 9 a.m. with goat milk samples. www.applehavenfarm.com

For more information, visit http://nofanh.org/farmweekend/ and download a Farm Weekend Tour Guide. Volunteers are needed to staff each farm; to participate and lend a hand, please contact Jen Skibba, jen@nofanh.org.

Relevant Links
Farm Weekend: http://nofanh.org/farmweekend/
Farm Weekend Map: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=631759#
Volunteering: http://nofanh.org/support-us/volunteering/
Please Donate: https://nofanh.org/support-us/donate/
For more information, please contact the NOFA-NH office at 603-224-5022 or info@nofanh.org. Visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/NOFA-NH/318824153124 or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NOFA_NH.