It is what the Italians refer to as “campanilisimo”, that sense of place, of belonging to something greater than ourselves that one feels on this farm. The earliest humans had a fundamental understanding of the power of the sun and the length of the day’s impact on what and where they grew. They looked to the heavens for inspiration and knowledge. When Orion appeared they knew winter was on its way. This understanding is the source of many of the traditions and celebrations that we still observe and honor today. As modern farmers we may have more tools in our toolbox than these ancestors but we pay as close attention to the rhythms and cycle of the earth, sun, moon, stars and planets as they did and seek to understand the subtle ways that the environment and wider cosmos influence the growth and development of all life on our farm. Our crop planning calendars take into account this awareness and understanding by providing detailed astronomical information and indications of optimal times for sowing, transplanting, cultivating and harvesting.
As a high functioning, working organic farm we are fortunate to be located within the most temperate zone of the climate common to southeastern New Hampshire. Nestled within the Merrimac River Valley we have abundant rainfall for our crops and generally milder winters. We are also the area to see the first frost later (on average between October 11-20) and the last frost earlier (May 11-20) than the rest of New Hampshire. This allows us to be very creative in extending our outdoor growing season. We have also been blessed with exceptional soil and, through our greenhouses, have the ability to grow all year long.