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New Hampshire Farm & Food Systems

Several years ago former Nobles teacher and dean Erika Guy designed this one-week trip to New Hampshire to help students learn about sustainable agriculture, food production, and small scale farming in the Keene area of New Hampshire. The group works at Stonewall Organic Farm and Walpole Valley Farm, helping out with chores (crops and animals), and learning about organic and sustainable practices and the importance of local farms. During the afternoons we visit several businesses and hear about the crafts of bread-making, mushroom farming, and making cheese. At each site there is a service element, whether it be stacking wood, clearing fields, harvesting, planting, collecting eggs, or any number of similar jobs. We venture into Vermont to visit a Co-op grocery and a farm-based school. Some potential new activities for next summer include touring an apiary, visiting a draft horse farm, or taking a cooking class specifically created for our group.

Our home base is in a converted barn on an apple orchard. Every morning and evening, the students prepare our breakfast and dinner, from menus and recipes that they have designed, with an eye toward using locally sourced produce and proteins. This trip highlights the best of New England rural living, introduces students to a host of interesting people doing good work and pursuing their passion, and educates them on where their food comes from while giving them a few skills around the kitchen.

**This trip will not run during the 2017-18 school year. 

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New Hampshire Farm & Food Systems