Baled Hay and On-Farm Compost


Hay

We grow all our own hay for the flock here in Tamworth and usually have enough extra to sell when available. All our fields are managed to meet strict organic standards, and we never apply any herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. Soil samples are taken from each field annually and analyzed for nutrient and mineral needs. We generally apply our own compost as the primary amendment and further apply wood ash, pelletized or bulk calcium lime, and other minerals as needed to maintain balanced and healthy soil. Our hayfields are planted with a complementary blend of grasses and legumes to maximize nutrition and minimize insect and weed problems. Most of the fields contain alfalfa, clover, orchard grass, ryegrass, and other perennial grasses that are well suited to our New Hampshire climate.


Compost

Horse, sheep, cow, turkey and chicken manure is collected from local farms and blended with hay, straw, wood shavings and other used bedding material into 100' long windrows. We turn the windrows regularly to aerate the compost with a tractor-driven compost turner. This composting process is much faster than static pile composting and yields a lighter, richer, more consistent product. We love our farm-made compost for enriching the soil in our gardens and hayfields. For a fascinating in-depth read on both the scientific, as well as psychological benefits of composted soil, check out this article from The Atlantic Monthly.


Sheep

Hay is for sale either right off the wagon or at the storage barn. All hay is baled in small squares weighing approximately 40 to 45 lbs.

We offer our compost for sale by pick up only. Please contact us for availability and pricing.