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Windswept Maples hosts NH Farm Bureau Legislative Breakfast

Each year the NH Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee organizes a breakfast event for NH policy makers and young leaders in agriculture. This event encourages communication and discussion on key topics the state is facing with regard to agriculture. On Wednesday May 16, we were proud to host this annual event. The morning began with a breakfast featuring many locally produced goods (and our own maple syrup of course). Introductions and remarks from the Young Farmers Committee were followed by good discussion on a variety of topics including how farmers work with landowners, tax policy regarding agriculture barn structures, maple syrup labeling changes being proposed by the FDA, and a host of other topics. Special recognition was given to the...

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Winter Preparations for this Year's Sugaring Season

Each year when the Christmas parties fade behind us and a new calendar year arrives, our attention at the farm focuses in on two primary things: the arrival of baby lambs and a new sugaring season. This year has been no different and as we enter the final days of February a lot has transpired in the first two months of 2018.  Almost all of our expecting mother sheep have given birth to this year’s baby lambs, many of which are now multiple weeks old. These lambs spend their days exploring the barnyard and testing their running and jumping skills in small herds of youthful exuberance. A select few of this group will get to meet all of the farm’s...

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Jeff wins the NH Young Farmer Award, and other fall news from the Farm

Autumn at Windswept Maples is often a time for thankless jobs like cleaning and storing equipment, doing maintenance on buildings, and getting barns ready for the animals returning from pasture. These jobs aren’t flashy but they’re critical tasks for ensuring our equipment and structures stay in good working order and function as needed in the coming year. Doing these types of jobs now enables us to maximize our time on other more visible things that make the farm go the rest of the year. Amidst these thankless jobs this fall, Jeff took home a highly visible recognition of all the hard work that goes into running a diversified family farm. At the recent NH Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Jeff received NH’s Young Farmer Achievement...

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Summer 2017: Honey Bees, Summer Harvest, and Award-Winning Maple Syrup

Summer is in full swing at the farm and we’re starting to reap the benefits of this year’s steady mix of sunshine and natural irrigation (rain). While it’s been tough to string together long stretches of dry weather to harvest hay, the bale totals have been strong this year. Folks who have driven by the farm have seen the white stack of wrapped round bales grow significantly and we’ve been delivering square bales all over the local area. Even when we’re not mowing, drying, or baling hay in the summer there is lots happening at the farm. Here’s a quick update on a few other notable summer items: For the third year in a row there are honey bees at...

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