Welcome

A New Year! A New Farm! It took a while, almost two years, but we found a new place to live, love and farm.  We are tucked in the northwest corner of Concord, NH on the northwest slope of Carter Hill.  The view of the Kearsarge Mountain range is beautiful and the sunsets have been spectacular.  The best part is that the soils are prefect for growing fruit: deep, well drained sandy loam with a gentle northwesterly slope.  We start building our new farm in the spring of 2020!  By the fall of 2020 we should have our first crop of tasty, healthy, certified organic, chemical-free apples.  Peaches and other fruiting trees and plants will follow.   

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About Us

Biology and Nature Rule

The growing areas at Living Earth Farm are surrounded by trees and forest.  This acts as a cleansing buffer and provides habitat for predatory birds, bugs and animals (our friends and allies).  Because of our size, we have to plan well and be efficient at everything we do.  We employ the latest university, non-profit and government research to improve our farming methods and strategies.  We are constantly working to improve the health and biological power of our soil.  All of this helps to minimize disease and pest pressures.  We haven’t had the need to use any kind of pesticide, herbicide or fungicide (even organic ones) since we started growing way back in 2007.  That’s right, no “cides” at all.

Nutrient Dense Fruit

Four things affect the nutrient quality of a fruit; Soil quality, variety selection, growing methods, and environmental stress.  First, we constantly test our soils for mineral levels to make sure our plants and trees are getting the appropriate nutrient levels.  We apply lots of organic matter (via cover crops and compost) so that our soils are spongey, biologically active and receptive to strong root growth.  Second, we look for fruit varieties (lots of heirloom type) that have robust flavor and color.  This is usually an indicator of high levels flavonoids and phytochemicals (these secondary metabolites also act as plant defense mechanisms).  Third, organic growing methods better match the physiological dynamics of plant growth.  Raising fruit on our farm is a function of biology not just chemistry.  Finally, we stress our plants a little bit.  We want some wind, some insect predation, and slightly droughty conditions at times.  Stresses like this make for stronger stems and branches, turn plant defense mechanisms on, and force root systems to reach deeper into the soil.  All of these actions lead to hardy, healthy plants that provide great flavor and high nutritional value.

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