'Get to know the hands that feed you' this weekend

CONCORD — 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 an Organic and Sustainable Farm Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The theme of the event is "Get to know the hands that feed you!" Participants can take a whirlwind tour of twenty-six sustainable and organic farms throughout New Hampshire or simply select from a few local farms to visit in in each region during the weekend.

"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 first-hand 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 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 farm stands, country cheeses and jams for sale, free-range eggs, pumpkin picking and more.

In Laconia, Minglewood Farm is offering guided tours of a "nano-farm" property, featuring a new food forest development and permaculture efforts. Additional farms taking part include Red Mange Farm in Loudon, White Gates Farm and the NH Mushroom Company in Tamworth, and Springhill Farm in Sanbornton.

Visit  www.minglewoodfarm.co.nf or www.nofanh.org for a complete list of participating farms and their locations.