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The 4H Animal Auction at the 2021 Hopkinton Fair, where 2 goats, 7 pigs, 4 lambs, and a steer were for sale, was a resounding success. Ten 4H club members had spent six months to over a year raising and tending the animals in the auction. Hours before the auction started, a judge evaluated each animal, and all bidders were given a program listing the 4H owner, the animal's breed, and weight. Successful bidders were given a choice to take the animal home or have it processed for meat. Local butcher Rick Lemay was on hand to transport the animals to Lemay and Sons Beef in Goffstown for p…

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The pandemic threw me off my stride, and while Marianne has staffed the Miles Smith Farm booth selling our meat, I was only recently free to visit the Concord Farmers Market. If you haven't been, it's not too late. The market takes over Capital Street from 8:30 to noon every Saturday through…

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The only thing better than life on Miles Smith Farm is taking a road trip once in a while — even if it means towing a trailer full of cattle behind the pickup. Planning to show six of our Scottish Highlanders at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair, husband Bruce, friend Diane, and I boar…

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Farming is hard work, but it can be exciting and picturesque — especially for kids. Family farms are fewer these days, but plenty of grownups still cherish memories of sunny, sweaty summers amid crops and livestock. On a recent visit to my chiropractor in Concord, office manager Joyce Supry …

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It is a lucky child who grows up on a farm with cows to milk and a loft filled with hay for games of hide and seek. Just as fortunate is the child who spends the summers on a cattle or sheep farm run by grandparents, an uncle, or maybe a great aunt. That child might witness the miracle of a …

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Arcadia Publishing had been publishing books of old photos derived from local and regional history for a long time, and this area is no exception. A new one has just been published called “The 4000 Footers of New Hampshire’s White Mountains,” by Mike Dickerman.

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Like many girls, I wanted a pony when I was growing up. That was a long time ago — in the 50s when the Sears catalog was the Internet marketplace of the day. When the 400-page catalog arrived, I would search for the page advertising a $200 pinto pony that, if ordered, would be shipped to my …

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Have you ever come home from a rough day at work or school to be greeted by your dog, tail wagging, bouncing with joy to see you? Maybe your cat or hamster is your companion. No matter their breed, age, or size, pets make us feel better.

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MEREDITH — The Meredith Conservation Commission will be holding the fourth of its summer series of guided walks on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. to noon at the Hamlin Conservation Area on Chemung Road. This walk will be led by Dr. Rick Van de Poll who has studied the forests of Meredith and su…

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Flora, my 8-month-old rescue pup, knows when there's a stranger outside the house. When a new person walks by the house, she'll bark. If it's someone she knows, she's quiet. I have no idea how she knows, but she does. But I do know how she knows which toys are hers and which are mine; why sh…

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Flora, my mixed-breed rescue dog, looks more and more like a mini-Golden Retriever every day. I doubt there is such a breed, but if there is, she's one. The day she arrived, straight off a plane from the U.S. Virgin Islands, her training started. Some think a young puppy can't or shouldn't b…

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It's that particular time of year when each cow steps a bit smarter, and the bull gets a twinkle in his eye; it's breeding time at the farm. With good planning and a proven bull, calves should arrive in nine months. Good planning requires that I pasture a bull – this year, it's Ferdinand — w…

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BRISTOL — Join the Newfound Lake Region Association’s Watershed Stewards for the Turtle Trek, a guided paddle on Newfound Lake that focuses on the turtle species we can find in New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 15. Paddlers will meet at the picnic area of Grey Rocks Conservation Area at 9 a.m. …

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For the past week, my cattle have been eating hay even though it's summer. They'd eaten up the grass at a borrowed pasture in nearby Canterbury, so it was a good time to bring them back to the home farm in Loudon for grooming. Most adult Scottish Highlanders shed their shaggy coats in summer…

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While working in my community garden plot at the Bluff Farm (Vermont Land Trust) in Newport, Vermont, I glanced over at Reuben. He was lying peacefully, stretched out across the laps of two counselors with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp. They were stroking him gently and several of the …

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For the last four weeks, three students have been taking the Farm Training 101 course I teach here at Miles Smith Farm. The course is for adults craving work with cows and who want to get their hands (and boots) dirty on a working farm.

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