Meet Our Members

NOFA-NH's knowledgeable and passionate members make our organization great. That's why NOFA-NH offers our members eligibility to be featured in the 'Meet Our Members' column in our e-news.  Each month, we make our community a little closer by introducing you to someone new. Please contact us if you'd like to be featured.

 

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Meet Our Members Archive: 2022 • 2021 • 2020 • 2019 • 2018

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Meet Our Members! September 2022

Names: Denise Rico

Business: Terra Organics NH

Meet Denise Rico, owner of certified organic family farm Terra Organics NH, located on the banks of the Blackwater River in Contoocook, NH.

Where are you from?

Denise: I am a native Californian but grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC

 

Do you come from farmers or are you a first-generation farmer?

Denise: I come from a long line of folks who loved to garden and grow food for themselves and their neighbors.

 

How long have you been farming? Why did you become a farmer and what keeps you farming?

Denise: I have been farming for market for 14 years, but still consider myself a beginner. My background is in horticulture and landscape design, and I own a small landscape company. I started growing food in 2008 when the economy crashed and landscape jobs dried up. I continue to grow food because providing people with fresh, healthy produce is rewarding.

 

What do you produce on your farm?

Denise: We grow and sell certified organic vegetables. Our hot, sandy, river-bottom soil is especially suited to growing melons.

How long have you been a member of NOFA-NH? Why did you become a member?

Denise: I have been a member of NOFA-NH for many years and I also work for the organization as their Bulk Order and Finance Coordinator. I first became a member to get the member-pricing on bulk order items (shameless plug).

Why is organic farming important to you?

Denise: Healthy, organic soil produces nutrient dense produce that does not contain pesticide residues.

What do you see in the future for small, family farms?

Denise: I would love to see more folks shopping from local farms and farmers’ markets. Gathering the foods that sustain us from our fellow farmers and makers provides a connection to our environment that has been mostly lost over the years.

How can farmers contribute toward environmental change and climate mitigation?

Denise: Local food has a much smaller carbon footprint than the food found in the supermarket. I think folks will begin to realize this as trucked products become more and more expensive due to shipping costs.

 

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about becoming an organic farmer?

Denise: My advice for anyone thinking of becoming a farmer would be to go and work a few seasons for a successful organic farm. Read books. Plan. Make sure there is a market for your produce

How does NOFA-NH membership benefit you?

Denise: I am always energized by NOFA-NH events, especially the Winter Conference for the networking opportunities and inspiring presenters.

What are you harvesting now that people can purchase from you?

Denise: It’s melon season – we still have several varieties of Contoocook-grown watermelons for sale, including our famous yellow Baby Dolls. You can purchase our melons and other produce at the Henniker Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Henniker’s Community Center Park.

2022

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January 2022

Seth Bent & Sarah Herr

Mink Meadow Farm

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April 2022

Andrew Morin

ReGenerative Roots Association

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August 2022

Kate & Ben Dobrowski

Greenhill Farm NH

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February 2022

Ayn Whytemare

Found Well Farm

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May 2022

Phil & Becky Brand

Brandmoore Farm

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March 2022

Stephanie Kelliher

Uphill Farm

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June 2022

Joanne Cottam

Fowl Manor Farm

2021

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January 2021

Margaret Whitham, Rebecca Hennessey

Backyard Garlic

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April 2021

Rachel and Liz Freierman

Highwater Farm

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August 2021

Zach Nordlund and Tristan Lovecky

Waxing Moon Farm

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November 2021

Steve & Dawn Forde

Hop N Hen Farm

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February 2021

Sue Greene

Slopeside Farm

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May 2021

Steve Haendler

Mildred's Drumlin Farm

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September 2021

Sönke Dornblut

Juniper Cottage Bakeshop

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December 2021

Kevin and Jen French

Full Moon Farm

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March 2021

Emma Dooley

Temple Wilton Community Farm

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June 2021

Hari Adhikari & Prem Khatiwada

Fresh Start Farms

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October 2021

Sarah Gilliatt

Main Street Cheese

2020

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January 2020

Ray Conner and Hugh Herr

Mermaid Hill Vineyard

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May 2020

Patti Powers

Cheshire Garden

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August 2020

Tom Mitchell

Ledge Top Farm

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December 2020

Ron Laurence

Blueberry Bay Farm

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February 2020

Patty Laughlin

Lorax Landscaping, LLC

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June 2020

Larry Pletcher

Vegetable Ranch

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September 2020

Paul & Deb Doscher

Windcrest Farm

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March 2020

John E. Carroll

Dept of Natural Resources and Environment (COLSA), UNH

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July 2020

Jess and Dan Boynton, Suellen Skinner

Serendipity Farm

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November 2020

K. Kyle Saltonstall

Saltonstall Farm

2019

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January 2019

Dave Trumble

Good Earth Farm

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May 2019

Jennifer Wilhelm

Fat Peach Farm

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September 2019

Natalie Reid

Gap Mountain Goats

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December 2019

Dan Lagueux

Hip Peas Farm

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February 2019

Gene Jonas

Hungry Bear Farm

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June 2019

Ted Lebow

Kitchen Table Consultants

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October 2019

Teresa Downey

Terra Basics

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April 2019

Mike Madden

Scooter's Farm of Woodmont

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August 2019

Maggie and Ben O'Brien

Three Sisters Farm

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November 2019

Mark Wilson and Mari Princiotta

Marimark Farms

2018

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March 2018

Mary MacNicol

Whole Health Chiropractic

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June 2018

Paul & Joan Richardson

Grand View Farm

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October 2018

Julie Davenson

Stonewall Farm

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April 2018

Tracie Loock

Tracie's Community Farm

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July 2018

Clai Lasher-Sommers & Grace Glasson

New Dawn Farm

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November 2018

Ryan Foster

Home Grown Edible Landscaping & Nursery

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May 2018

Britt Phillips

Complete Land Organics

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August 2018

Irene LeMessurier

Temple Mountain Permaculture

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December 2018

Joanne Ducas

Mountain Heartbeet