FArM IN THE NEWS

Building a Better Food System, Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Join Danielle Robidoux of Equal Exchange, Frank Hunter of Hillside Springs Farm, and Dan Ridgway of Brattleboro Co-op for a panel discussion on building a better food system. We will discuss the impact of consolidation on the food we eat and how you as an individual are an integral part of building an alternative. Learn how you can join the community and organizing work to make a positive impact.

We’ll also enjoy freshly pressed apple cider, meet the draft horses, and crank homemade coffee ice cream, made with Equal Exchange coffee, and topped with Equal Exchange chocolate, if you like! (We will also have homemade vegan coconut ice cream on hand.)

Read more at https://equalexchange.coop/

Cooking Up History, Saturday, March 30, 2019

Stonewall Farm and the Monadnock Food Co-op are partnering with the Heritage Commission of Keene to host Cooking Up History: The foods and products that have shaped Keene’s heritage. This event will be a celebration of the historic foods and agricultural products that have contributed to Keene’s history and culture. 

Speakers:

– 10:00 am: Linda Stavely, Foods, Places, Faces of New Hampshire Culinary History
– 10:45 am: Julie Davison, Stonewall Farm, Regenerative Farming
– 11:30 am: Jennifer Doyle, Stonewall Farm, Heirloom Seeds
– 12:15 pm: Suzie O’Dwyer, Lone Wolf Cheese, Cheese Making
– 1:00 pm: Kim Peavey, Hillside Springs Farm, Organic and Sustainable Farming

 Exhibitors:

– Heritage Commission Historic Foods and maple products sampling
– Monadnock Food Co-op – Manning Hill Farm in Winchester
– Autumn Rose Acres Alpaca & Flower Farm – Stonewall Fields Alpaca Farm
– Monadnock Beekeepers - Hillside Springs Farm in Westmoreland

Read more at https://monadnockfood.coop/event/cooking-up-history/

Executive Council candidate talks school funding, taxes at Westmoreland farm Sunday, August 5, 2018

WESTMORELAND — Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky spoke to an intimate crowd of about a dozen people at Hillside Springs Farm Sunday during a re-election fundraiser organized by a group of local Democrats.

As attendees enjoyed iced tea, hummus and chips and salsa in the sweltering afternoon sun, Volinsky, a Concord Democrat, stood atop a pair of stumps outside of the farm’s barn to make his remarks.

“I’m literally going to be giving a stump speech,” he said as he hefted the block of wood into place.

Read more at www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/executive-council-candidate-talks-school-funding-taxes-at-westmoreland-farm/article_bcdebe19-84f4-52cd-b5ad-226739b78d7e.html

DIRT Series brings author David Montgomery to the Monadnock region, September 30, 2017

KEENE, N.H. – The Natural and Cultural History of Soil is a series of educational events on the theme of soil as the foundation of a healthy food system – and society. Supported in part by funding from a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project grant and a partnership with Professor Mark C. Long of Keene State College, this series of events culminates with two talks by author David Montgomery in early November.

By bringing together the farming community and the general public, this collaborative venture will further an urgent project at the heart of the environmental humanities: the connection of people, ideas, and the land. Research and writings by Dr. David Montgomery will provide reference and context relating each event to the next while audience members consider the relationship between agricultural management and the broader domain of human life.

  • Oct. 3 – Film screening of Dirt! The Movie at 6 p.m. at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H.

  • Oct. 19 – Panel and Roundtable Discussion of David Montgomery books: “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” “The Hidden Half of Nature,” and “Growing a Revolution” at 6 p.m. at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H.

    Panel included farmers Frank Hunter and Kim Peavey of Hillside Springs Farm in Westmoreland.

    Read more at https://vermontjournal.com/news/dirt-series-brings-author-david-montgomery-monadnock-region

Hillside Springs Farm in Westmoreland, NH to be Honored as the 2017 Cooperator of the Year


 Each year the Cheshire County Conservation District honors an individual, business, or organization with the "Cooperator of the Year" award. This is done to celebrate the efforts the recipient has undertaken to steward the natural resources on their land in cooperation with the Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

This year we are happy to announce Hillside Springs Farm of Westmoreland, NH as our 2017 Cooperator of the Year!  Congratulations Hillside Springs!
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Hillside Springs Farm includes three acres of gardens, over twenty acres of pastures and hayfields, as well as an orchard, 8,000 square feet of greenhouses, and a sustainably managed woodlot including a small sugar bush. Since 2002 Kim Peavey and Frank Hunter, along with their daughter Gwen, have been the farmers, owners, and stewards of Hillside Springs. They have a strong commitment to both the land and the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Their CSA supports 90 households in the region; providing over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers to these customers is their primary focus, but their produce is also available at the Farmers' Market of Keene. "By horse and by hand," is the way Frank and Kim describe how they farm. Their operation is wholly horse-powered, and they value the partnership they have with their horses in managing the farm chores. This low impact method helps preserve and protect the resources on their farm while reducing air emissions for all. Biodynamic and organic farming practices are followed at Hillside Springs and they are dedicated to improving the health and fertility of their soil to nurture their farm's future as well as produce the healthiest food possible for the community.

Read more at http://www.cheshireconservation.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/2017%20Cooperator%20-%20Hillside%20Springs%20Farm.pdf

Biodynamic farm named Cooperator of the Year., fall 2017

The Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro, VT  -  Posted Friday, November 3, 2017

Read more at  http://www.reformer.com/stories/biodynamic-farm-named-cooperator-of-the-year,523680
 

An Autumn Visit to Hillside Springs Farm, Fall 2017

The Valley Green Journal, December 2017-December 2018, Volume 58

Read more at Valley Green Journal 12.08.17 email .pdf