farm en The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Strawberry season is in full swing in New Hampshire.</span></p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">J&amp;F Farms in Derry</a>, there are buckets filled to the brim with the red, ripe fruit out for customers to buy.</p><p>But the farm also gives them the chance to go out into the field and pick their own.</p><p>In this audio postcard, NHPR’s Michael Brindley travels to J&amp;F to talk with families and with farm manager Melissa Dolloff about just how many strawberries they sell a day.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Michael Brindley 50851 at The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking The State Of Farming In N.H. <p>New Hampshire’s farm legacy extends to the very beginning of our state’s history, when farmers from over-crowded areas in southern New England started to move north in search of more open land. While the soil in New Hampshire was not as fertile as they’d hoped, farmers did take root in the state and are still here. And while the country overall has seen a trend toward fewer, bigger farms, new data from show the reverse in New Hampshire and New England: over the past five years, the state’s number of farms has grown 5%, for a total 30% increase over the past decade. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 44573 at The State Of Farming In N.H. The World Runs on Grass <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grass doesn't get a lot of appreciation aside from lawns and hayfields, but grasses play an essential role in ecosystem health. When soil is disturbed by hurricane, fire or logging, grasses take quick advantage of. Dormant seeds awaiting the right conditions sprout and up come the grasses.</span></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:10:00 +0000 Chris Martin, Francie Von Mertens & Andrew Parrella 39073 at The World Runs on Grass Strafford Rivers Conservancy Protects Country's Oldest Farm <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 9px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Tuttle Farm in Dover is the oldest family farm in the United States. When Bill Tuttle and his family, the 11th generation to farm this land, decided to conserve it, they turned to the Strafford Rivers Conservancy.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:39:58 +0000 Deborah Schachter, Lois Shea & Lois Shea 37998 at Strafford Rivers Conservancy Protects Country's Oldest Farm The Farmer's Time Machine <p></p><p>Fresh vegetables aren’t the only thing local farmers put on display…at least not in Thornton, New Hampshire, where each summer,&nbsp;Russ Gilman hosts an antique tractor show at his family farm. While old farm machines might not be a big draw for the masses, Word of Mouth correspondent Sean Hurley goes to the show each year. Because an old tractor, as Sean explains it, can be a sort of time machine…</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 26069 at The Farmer's Time Machine