Temple Wilton Community Farm has been in operation as a Biodynamic CSA for over thirty years and provides diverse and practical learning opportunities in Biodynamic dairy/livestock, vegetable production, and cheese making. The intimate connection we have to our local community is at the center of who we are and what we do.
Along with our year-round dairy, we grow large quantities of storage vegetables so that farm members can have access to what they need throughout the year.
Members contribute as much as they can to meet the farm budget and the milk and produce is set out for people to take what they need.
In 2016, we set up our CSA as a member-owned cooperative.
We create an environment that allows our animals to fulfill their instinctual nature: we keep our dairy calves nursing on their mothers for their first months and in never confining our pigs or sheep.
Size of farm: 150 acres, including 70 acres of hay and pasture, as well as up to 6 acres of vegetables for about 110 CSA member households. We also hay and graze an additional 60 acres of leased land.
Skills that can be learned: See Temple-Wilton Community Farms skills checklists.
Diversity of produce and livestock: We grow over forty varieties of vegetables, with a focus on storage crops, including Belgian endive. Along with our a year-round raw milk dairy we make farmstead cheeses. We also raise pastured pigs (from farrow to finish), grass-fed Katahdin hair sheep, and pasture-raised layer hens and meat chickens, which we process on farm during the growing season.
From mid-April to the end of October, we need:
three apprentices for the vegetables,
two apprentices for the livestock,
one apprentice for 50/50 cheese making and livestock.
We can also offer a full year or longer apprenticeship in various combinations of vegetables, livestock and cheese making. An example of this would be to start from April to October with vegetables or livestock, followed by a winter with livestock and cheese making. A second season would allow a single person to cover all three areas of the farm or one in greater depth.
Housing: Apprentices have their own individual rooms in either the house or trailer, while sharing a bath, living space and kitchen. Housing includes utilities (propane, wood and electricity) and hi-speed WiFi.
Compensation: There is a monthly stipend of $500 per month and worker's compensation coverage during the apprenticeship period. Apprentices have access to all the farm products produced on the farm (vegetables, dairy products, eggs, and meat) to prepare their meals, as well as one loaf of bread per week from our farm store.
Our farm is part of a vibrant community that includes two neighboring Waldorf schools (High Mowing and Pine Hill), an experiential learning center, as well as the greater Monadnock region of southern NH, which is home to many outdoor and cultural activities and is only 1.5 hours away from Boston.
Mentor Farmer: Anthony Graham (vegetables) and Andrew Kennedy (animals and dairy)
Address: 195 Isaac Frye Hwy, Wilton NH
Phone: (603) 654-5751