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Open Farm Day
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Open Farm Day

May 18, 2019
9am - 2 pm

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Join us for our third annual OPEN FARM DAY!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018 9-2pm

Mark Your Calendar for Alvirne Farm's 3rd Annual Open Farm Day, Saturday, May 19, from 9am to 2pm. Come explore all our Farm has to offer!

Join us on Open Farm Day to tour the dairy and see how milk produced by our farm goes into the making of Cabot Cheese. After visiting the dairy, take a walk through the barns and meet our horse, donkeys and young cows. Our FFA and Veterinary Science volunteer students will guide your visit to see the animals in our Agri-Kennel. Forest and Wildlife Management students will be demonstrating their skills and equipment. Be sure to stop and see the chicken coop on display that was created and built by Building Trades students.

The day will also feature local farms and agricultural businesses inside our own Big Red barn such as: Smith Farm produce and flowers; Steve Normanton grass-fed beef; Homestead Acres Farm pork; Over the Garden Gate Farm goats; Oasis Spring Farm hydroponic greens; Noel's Christmas Tree Farm; Fiddlehead magazine; Cluckandbaa Farm sheep and wool; Tree of Life Farm fiber arts and NH Agriculture in the Classroom. Youngsters of 4H poultry and sheep clubs will show off their animal projects. Alvirne's Culinary Arts students will offer delicious samples using Cabot Cheeses and milk from our own dairy. Your little ones will be thrilled to play in the hay, color, and try their hand at milking a pretend cow with guidance from our Careers in Education students.

Lavoie's Sugar Shack will be demonstrating maple sugaring outside the big red barn and over in our greenhouse, Retail Floral students will help you plant sunflower seeds in a pot to take home. Experience magnificent draft horses and watch a live police dog demonstration given by the Hudson Police department. There will even be a beekeeper with an observation hive.

Hope to see you there!

"Palmer" born November 2, 2016

Alvirne Farm's newest calf was born November 2, 2016. In honor of Webb Palmer, she has been given the name “Palmer.” At just a week old, Calf Club members have already started working with her. She's been introduced to a halter and lead and has made her debut around the farm. Check back for updates on her journey.

September 2016

Alvirne Farm would like to shout out a grateful thank you to Charlie McQuesten, of Litchfield's McQuesten farm, for donating his cornfield to our farm for silage. This year's drought has wreaked havoc with all the farmers in New Hampshire, as a result, McQuesten's 2-acre corn field suffered from the dry weather and severe scavenging of the crop from wild birds. Normally, the corn is plowed under and added to the soil, however, Mr. McQuesten kindly offered up the crop for silage to help feed our dairy cows here at the farm.

Our farm manager, Emery Nadeau, grows all the feed needed for our cows, both corn and hay. In an average year there is more than enough hay for our bovines plus additional which is sold to local horse farms. Because of the drought conditions this year, the hay and silage produced are way down.

Silage is the entire corn plant that is chopped at harvest and fermented in large bunkers. Normally, the bunkers here on the farm are chock full--not so this year. Dairy farms across the state are suffering huge losses, New Hampshire has lost more than 9 dairy farms this year alone. We appreciate our fellow farmers and neighbors who have come to our aid during this terrible drought.

The cows at our dairy will benefit greatly, through the generosity of the McQuesten family and local businessmen, Teddy Sui of Senter Farms, Shawn Jasper, Kevin Slattery and Peter Nash who allow the hay produced on their land to be used by Alvirne's farm.

Our sincere thanks.

Alvirne Open Farm Day

Alvirne Open Farm Day was held on Saturday, May 7. The day was cool and rainy, but the weather did not keep our dedicated volunteer students and staff from doing a wonderful job. The students worked hard to ready the farm, set up tables and animal enclosures, make posters, guide people, and give talks and demonstrations throughout the day.

The red barn featured local farms such as Smith Farm, Cluck and Baa Farm, Steve Normanton Beef, Homestead Acres, Blissful Farm and Harmon Hill Farm. Culinary Arts students were on hand to give out samples of Cabot cheese. Students from Marketing classes offered Alvirne items for sale and Careers in Education teachers helped our young visitors stamp a wooden “cookie” made by the Forest and Wildlife Management students. Alvirne's FFA students were available with their display and to help guide visitors around the farm. Some Hillsborough County 4Her's offered up their chickens for pats and praises, while other 4Hers demonstrated spinning sheep wool and Angora rabbit fur.

The Blooming Bronco's Greenhouse was open for business, with many plants for sale even after their week long annual plant sale. Horticulture students helped children plant carrots and basil to take home. Just around the corner, Veterinary Science students showed off their animals in the Agri-Kennel.

The dairy barn offered visitors the chance to meet our milking Holstein cows and see the milking equipment. Just a few steps down the hill and the young heifers were eager to greet visitors in the lower barn. Equine students were happy to show off the farm's newest edition, a beautiful golden Haflinger horse named Angel. Also in the lineup were Alvirne's miniature donkey herd.

Just beyond the horses, Dave and Cindy Heisler were busy plowing the community garden with their draft horses and giving sled rides to young and old alike. A few steps further down the dirt road and the Forest and Wildlife Management students were showing off their skills and demonstrating equipment.

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Shade Structure Offers Cooling Care for Cows

Spring 2016
Alvirne Farm's new shade structure will provide cool shade during the heat of the summer and a dry place to hang out during inclement weather in all seasons. The cows at Alvirne frollick outside in the fresh air as part of their daily routine. Happy cows are healthy cows and every effort is made to insure that Alvirne cows are comfortable and happy. The cows needed no special invitation as they began using the shade immediately after the project was completed. In fact, in the photo below, the cows started hanging out under the structure even before the nice soft bed of sand had been spread. Stop by and see the ladies enjoying their new space.

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