Inspiration, mentors, traveling companions

From the wisdom of oxen: We're stronger when we pull together.  Here are some of the people who keep me strong.

Who do you turn to? Please add us to your list. Call, email, come for a visit. We can talk cows until --well -- until the cows come home. And then it's time for chores.

 

 
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Wendell Berry

What it means to belong to a place on earth, living as a "settled husbander of a cherished home place." Most recently (2017), The Art of Loading Brush--New Agrarian Writings.

 
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David Kline

Thoughts about the community of all living things, from a fellow delegate to the (1996) Second Luddite Congress in Barnesville, OH. See also Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal (1985/2001).

 
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Tom Wessels

Deciphering and interpreting the ecological history of our region. Reading the Forested Landscape--A Natural History of New England (1997).

 
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Sanborn Mills Farm

A traditional NH farm and nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and preserving folklife and agricultural knowledge so that the best of the past can help shape our future.   Loudon, NH: workshops with Tim Huppe, master ox teamster. SanbornMills.org

 
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Deborah Dugan

Artist, fellow explorer, and creator of the watercolor portrait© of the Honey Hill American Milking Devon.

 
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Monadnock Buy Local   

A network of businesses, organizations and citizens building a more local, green and fair economy in the Monadnock Region. MonadnockLocal.org

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David R. Montgomery

Conserving and encouraging the microbes that transform dirt into soil.

 
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Ray Clark

Cattleman, Devon expert and keeper of the AMD flame. Active member of the American Milking Devon Cattle Association. Milking Devons.org

 
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Monadnock Conservancy

A land trust for southwestern NH: "Together, protecting forever the land we love." monadnockconservancy.org

 
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Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition

Building a sustainable local food system in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. mfcommunitycoalition.org

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Mike Johnson

Making it all look easy, with ingenuity, generosity, good humor, bottomless experience and constant encouragement.  Ridgehill Farm, Swanzey, NH.

 
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Rick Lewis

Contractor, Realtor, cycling instructor, woodworker, inventor, hoof trimmer, teamster. . . Rick is as versatile as a Devon. And as much fun. Above, artist Tim Campbell's rendition© of Rick and Ike.

 
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Jeanne Maguire Thieme

Artist, champion of community, and creator of Break Time© (banner, above), along with many other renditions of Swanzey cattle. jmthiemefinearts.com.

 
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Animal Welfare Approved

AWA audits, certifies and supports independent family farmers raising their animals according to the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. animalwelfareapproved.us