We are ecstatic to be entering our 6th year in business! We've become known for our high-quality, organic and great tasting food. It is our goal to produce healthy, nourishing food for our community while improving soil health and being part of a healthy ecosystem on the farm. Our farming practices keep ground water clean, sequester carbon, respect livestock and improve the health of the humans who consume the final product.
For thousands of years, since the beginning of "agriculture", the fate of a group of people has been tied to health of the soil, crops and animals they depend on. If that's true, we're in trouble! Farm soils across the country have been depleted from hundreds of years of poor farming practices. After World War 2, especially, with a ample supply of factories to build trucks, tractors and implements (previously used to build tanks, guns and bombs), fertilizer (using the same nitrogen found in gun powder) and pesticides (using the same chemicals used to kill enemy soldiers) American Agriculture entered the "Green Revolution". Now a farmer could produce more food on fewer acres with less labor than before!
Only within the last 10 years has science been able to see the true damage our post WW2 farming practices has done on our soils and ecosystems. A single handful of healthy soil has more organisms in it than there are people on planet earth today! These little wonders work to create healthy air, water and plants for the surrounding ecosystem. We now know that these organisms form complicated partnerships with the plants, via their roots, as well as creating a vast underground network of communication between themselves and the plants they partner with.
Making sure these little critters live and thrive is relatively simple: till or plow the soil as little as possible, don't use chemical fertilizers or pesticides and make sure they have an adequate supply of food (carbon and minerals), air and water. In the long run, it's the only hope for our AgriCulture. Thanks to a dedicated group of scientists, farmers and politicians, slow change is taking place. Our fragile reliance on cheap chemical inputs from Russia (and others) and being able to sell our excess grain to China (and others) has been laid bare in recent years, all while watching our domestic food system struggle significantly with what should be relatively minor disruptions in the "supply chain".
As if all of this isn't worrisome enough, our post WW2 farming practices have correlated with some worrisome trends in human health in this country. It is our opinion that the most meaningful, long term, widely beneficial change we can make for the benefit of human health is to focus on 2 simple goals: to increase the amount of carbon in the soil (which will fortunately also decrease CO2 in the air) and to "re-mineralize" our soils so that the food we eat is rich in the 90+ minerals our bodies require to stay healthy and strong.
The majority of our nutrient dense products go to our "CSA" (Community Supported Agriculture) members. These folks pre-pay for a "share" of fresh food during the season. We offer Veggie, Flower Bouquet, Whole Chicken and Ground Beef CSA shares picked up right here in the old "milk room" on the farm. We also offer chicken and beef pickup at Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood, NH. We also have a small flock of 100% grass-fed sheep, raise thanksgiving turkeys each year and in 2023 we are adding pork and firewood to the farm's offerings.
We are currently taking signups for our 2022 CSAs, our options include:
13 Week Standard Veggie Share - $460
13 Week Small Veggie Share -$310
13 Week Small Fresh Chicken Share (1 Fresh ~4.25lb Chicken EVERY OTHER week) - $220
13 Week Large Fresh Chicken Share (1 Fresh ~5lb Chicken EVERY OTHER week) -$260
10 Week Flower Share (1 Beautiful Bouquet every week) -$215
10 Week Half Flower Share (1 Beautiful Bouquet EVERY OTHER week) -$125
13 Week Ground Beef Share (1lb of frozen ground beef per week)- $155
***All CSA shares start the week of July 3r, Flower Shares end the week of September 4th, Chicken and Veggie Shares both end the week of September 25th.***
***We accept SNAP/EBT (Food Stamp) benefits***
This means if you would like to sign up for a vegetable CSA using your snap benefits, you basically only pay 1/4of the full cost of the share and the Federal government AND a local food grant each match it! If you or someone you know is interested, please don't hesitate to reach out, we are able to process now for anyone who would like to sign up today!
In addition to our variety of CSA options, we will be offering a farm store credit option for those who cannot quite commit to a weekly share but would still like to support the farm by providing us with funds early on in the season to help us purchase seeds, chicken grain etc. Customers have the option to purchase, $100, $200 and $300 farm store credits where they can visit the farm store and shop at their leisure. Your commitment to our farm rewards you with a return on your investment! If you purchase the $100 credit, you receive 5% back (so you have a total $105 to spend); if you purchase a $200 credit, you receive 7.5% back (total of $215 to spend) and if you invest in the $300 option, you receive 10% back (total of $330 to spend).
If you believe you still have a farm store credit from a previous season please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we'd be glad to tell you your balance!
If you have any questions about our products, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us! We look forward to meeting you.
Kristen & Jimi
63 Meetinghouse Hill Rd., Farmington, New Hampshire