Founded in the 1940s by Dot Kenyon, we are the third and fourth generation farming on this same land.
Dot started raising chickens, pigs, and sheep. She also grew record numbers of potatoes.
Gone are the chickens and sheep and massive fields of potatoes. In their place we raise Hereford pigs, the occasional cow, and honey bees. We also grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and some of the best hay in NH.
As the first Registered Hereford breeders in NH, we pride ourselves on happy, healthy, and very spoiled pigs.
After decades of farming and raising pigs, we started looking at replacements for our aging boar.
I found the Hereford breed and was immediately struck by their fantastic appearance. As I researched I learned that they are actually a true heritage breed as defined by the authority on it: The Livestock Conservancy. They're also incredibly adaptable to both pasture and barn life and they have a very even temperament. And if that wasn't enough, they tend to have large litters and great pork quality.
And no one in our area had them.
So in 2019 we brought our first registered Hereford back to New Hampshire. Tank became our herd boar and has given us fabulous piglets as well as being the sweetest pig. In 2020 we had the opportunity to add 3 registered Hereford gilts to our herd and jumped at the opportunity.
Unfortunately, in January 2021 Tank passed away. Han Solo arrived from Wisconsin and has quickly become the big man on campus. He's got a growl that we're convinced would make a bear question its intentions but overall he's just a really, really big baby.
We are planning to continue the Hereford line and expand our operation. The piglets are striking in appearance and have the same easy going temperament as their parents. This is incredibly important on a farm like ours where we pride ourselves on the socialization and easy handling of our animals.
Sweetness with a stinger
Our adventures in beekeeping started in 2017. We are still learning every single day. It is an incredibly complex and dynamic enterprise but it is pretty darn cool to see all the work the bees do inside the hives!
Honey bees have a 3 mile range and ours forage in hay fields, gardens, wildflowers, and, of course, the onions.
Most years we are able to get at least one harvest of honey - either in the mid summer or the fall.
In the winter we leave the bees at least one box of honey, add in some hard candy, wrap the hives, and say goodnight until the spring.
Then we start all over again!