Meet Our Members

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

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June 2021

NH Farmer Spotlight! Introducing Hari & Prem

Names: Hari Adhikari and Prem Khatiwada

Business: Fresh Start Farms

Hari Adhikari and her husband, Prem Khatiwada, emigrated to the United States to seek a better life for their family. There were seemingly few opportunities for them and their two children in their home country of Nepal, and they were able to get green cards through the Diversity Visa Lottery.

Hari and Prem worked in the city in Nepal, where music brought them together: they both play classical Nepali and Indian music.

After arriving in the U.S., they lived in Boston for a short time and then moved to New Hampshire so they could grow their own food.

 

“I loved to visit my grandparents in the country when I was young,” Hari recalls. “My Grandpa was a farmer and my Grandma loved to cook with all kinds of vegetables. When we moved here, I wanted to plant Nepali vegetables like barelaa and lufa and medicinal vegetables.”

“This is our seventh year farming in the U.S. and our third season on this farm,” she continues. “Fifteen farmers share about four acres here on St. Paul’s School property. We all use organic methods.”

“Prem and I grow barelaa, lufa, bottle gourd, onion, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and squash. We also grow spices and singing nettle. We sell at the Concord farmers’ market and the Fresh Start Farms CSA.”

 

Hari’s passion for farming and healthy foods is contagious.

“I love being in touch with the earth and the environment,” she exclaims. “I don’t wear gloves because I like to feel the soil on my hands. Watching the plants grow and then picking the vegetables makes me so happy.  Every winter, I count the days until spring.“

 

“I like growing vegetables that are both nutritious and medicinal like amaranth, purslane and lamb’s quarters. And I love sharing my knowledge about herbs and vegetables with my customers.”

“Prem likes to do the heavy work – the tilling and soil preparation.  I enjoy caring for our garden. The work keeps me healthy and happy. I don’t have to go to the gym. I stay healthy by getting out and growing our own food.”

 

Organic farming is very important to Hari and Prem. They don’t make a lot of money farming, but it supplements their income from healthcare and human services work.

 

“I’m a vegetarian and a vegetable lover,” she says with pride. “Fresh organic vegetables make you healthy, and they’re very important for our environment. People should start growing their own food or buying from small farmers.”

 

“Our other passion is music. Prem plays tabla and I sing. We perform in Hindu temples and wedding ceremonies, and we talk about Indian classical music in schools.”

 

“If we don’t do our part, we don’t do well.”

—Interview and Article by Karl Johnson, Board President

2021

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January 2021

Margaret Witham

Backyard Garlic

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April 2021

Rachel & Liz Freierman

Highwater 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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March 2021

Emma Dooley

Temple-Wilton Community Farm & The Cornucopia Project

2020

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January 2020

Ray Conner and Hugh Herr

Mermaid Hill Vineyard

May 2020

Patti Powers

Cheshire Garden

August 2020

Tom Mitchell

Ledge Top Farm

December 2020

Ron Laurence

Blueberry Bay Farm

February 2020

Patty Laughlin

Lorax Landscaping, LLC

June 2020

Larry Pletcher

Vegetable Ranch

September 2020

Paul & Deb Doscher

Windcrest Farm

March 2020

John E. Carroll

Dept of Natural Resources and Environment (COLSA), UNH

July 2020

Jess and Dan Boynton, Suellen Skinner

Serendipity Farm

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