Two Girls Farm

By Sarah Antel, Two Girls Farm

Two Girls Farm is an organically-run, diversified homestead located on fifty-four acres of fields and woods in rural southwest New Hampshire.  We engage in traditional New England agricultural activities, including animal husbandry, woodworking, maple sugaring, baking, vegetable-raising, and forestry.  We run an apprenticeship program which provides an opportunity for an individual or couple to gain a diverse range of experience and skills.

Our hens are pasture raised in the hills of Acworth, NH.  They have constant access to fresh food, water, and the outdoors where they eat grass, insects, and weeds from the garden.

Local Eggs

Photo courtesy of Katrina Hall, She's In the Kitchen

By Laura Keir, Monadnock Localvore Project

The first time I heard the young rooster’s “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” I had no idea what the strange noise was. It was one of the first attempts made by the rooster at this iconic sound, plus it was early in the day and I was not fully awake. But as the weeks have passed by there have been many more attempts (at all hours) with great improvement. The rooster lives among a dozen hens in my backyard. Since they arrived in the mail a few months ago they have grown at an amazing rate- they are definitely not cute, fuzzy chicks anymore. And in short time they will start laying eggs.

Local eggs seem to be in abundance in the Monadnock Region, whether raised in backyards or at area farms. This month’s newsletter features the labor and fruits that go along with growing laying hens:

Backyard Chickens: CA residents laud the benefits of hens
By Carolyn Snyder, Published July 27, 2011 in Los Altos Town Crier

Shari Emling of Los Altos Hills, CA has something to cackle about. So do Nancy and Mike Schneider and Roberta Barns, all living in Los Altos. They’re among the growing number of people who keep chickens in their backyards. And they are quick to point out the benefits – namely food, fertilizer and pest control – that have contributed to this trend. Just consider the fact that the website www.backyardchickens.com gets 6 million hits a month and 4,000 new posts on its online forum each day.

Egg Producers and Humane Society Urging Federal Standard on Hen Cages
By William Neuman, Published July 7, 2011 on NewYorkTimes.com

Two groups that are usually squawking at each other – egg farmers and animal welfare advocates – announced an unusual agreement on Thursday to work together to seek a federal law that would require larger cages and other improved conditions for the nation’s 280 million laying hens.

Fresh Eggs So Local, They’re at Your House
By Florence Fabricant, Published June 7, 2011 on NewYorkTimes.com

Imagine fresh eggs from your own backyard. Jason Stroud, an antiques restorer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, knows that pleasure well. And he has started sharing it, helping urban homesteaders set up backyard coops with the appropriate kinds of chickens. He has been so busy since he started building and selling the coops a couple of months ago that he is phasing out his antiques business.

How Fresh Are Your Eggs?
Katrina Hall of She’s in the Kitchen explains how to tell if your eggs are too old, using a bowl of cold water. Find out how by reading on!

What’s your interest?

Do you raise chickens? Have some good egg recipes for when the hens just won’t stop laying? Do you have a favorite source for local eggs? Please share your thoughts via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Farm of the Month: Hettie Belle Farm

By Jennifer Core, Hettie Belle Farm

Hettie Belle Farm is a local, pasture-based family farm raising 100% grass-fed and organically raised meats and poultry for Monadnock families through a meat CSA!

Located in the heart of the village of Warwick, MA on the New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts border we are raising beef cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens and ducks on pasture.  Hettie Belle Farm is a true village farm comprised of pasture-land owned and leased, as well as many generous arrangements with neighbors who see animals as a welcomed alternative to mowing high quality food stuff.

Central to our family and farm is the land we steward. Our cows and sheep are 100% grass-fed. They have as much of mama’s milk as they want, are moved through our pastures daily May to November and fed local hay throughout the winter. Our pigs are pastured in a large hedgerow where they root day and night. Our chickens, ducks and turkeys spend their entire lives on grass. The animals themselves play a central role in the continual improvement of soil fertility and the overall productivity of the farm as well as adding to the quaint New England scenery we all value.

With a deep commitment to purity of product, we only feed certified organic grain to our pigs and poultry and all of our animals are 100% antibiotic and hormone free. As parents of young children, who have been raising livestock for years, we are incredibly conscious of the food we build our bodies with. Our commitment to local, organic, 100% grass-fed is uncompromising because we believe that good meat actively contributes to a landscape, local economy and community that we want to leave for our children.

Join us and become one of our member families! Shares are comprised of a total of 60+ pounds of meat and poultry distributed over 5 monthly pick-ups (November – March) of roughly 12+ pounds each. Shares are distributed monthly at Hannah Grimes Marketplace.

In total, members can expect to receive:

15 pounds 100% grass-fed beef
20 pounds organically fed pork
10 pounds 100% grass-fed lamb
10-12 pounds organically fed chicken (equal to 2 whole roasting chickens)
6-9 pounds organically fed duck (1 whole duck)

Holiday turkeys available by order.

Lots more details at www.hettiebellefarm.com!

Hettie Belle Farm
28 Winchester Road
Warwick, MA 01378
(978) 544-6241
jennifer@hettiebellefarm.com