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Prospect Farm's Earth Day about local growth

Union Leader Correspondent

April 22. 2014 9:14PM

Scottish Highland Cattle Scottish Highland cattle at Prospect Farm in Lisbon which held an Earth Day tour on Tuesday. John Koziol 

Goats at Prospect Farm Goats at Prospect Farm in Lisbon which held an Earth Day tour on Tuesday. John Koziol

LISBON — In a preview of what they hope will be the successful start of community-supported agriculture for New Hampshire carnivores, the owners of Prospect Farm offered a few folks the chance to "meet your meat" on Earth Day.

Meryl and Lane Nevins, who hail from Hopkinton and Warner, respectively, grew up around farms and animals. After two years of operating a farm in Vermont, they came back home to New Hampshire in 2013 and set up at Prospect Farm off Plains Road.

The husband and wife raise pigs, chickens, cattle, goats, ducks, rabbits and turkeys, all of which live comfortably until they eventually become offerings in what, come June 1, is believed to be the first Community Supported Agriculture meat market in the Granite State.

CSA members can buy a share of meat and/or bread that they can pick up monthly at the farm.

While recognizing that it sounds cliché, Lane Nevins agreed that Tuesday's tour of his and his wife's farm by members of the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust and the media was a valuable opportunity to "meet your meat" for them in so far that it's a good thing to know where what you eat comes from.

The public is invited to visit Prospect Farm, he said, adding that it's important because in modern society, "there's a lot of separation of people with their food."Rebecca Brown, who is the ACT's executive director and a state representative from Sugar Hill, said the conservation trust in 2011 launched its "Keep Growing" initiative in the North Country as well as in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

The goals of the initiative include protecting and enhancing farm lands; expanding market opportunities for agricultural businesses; and increasing access to healthy, affordable local food with an eye toward food security and self-sufficiency.

She said the North Country has "a huge amount of fallow land up here," as well as farms, like Prospect Farm before the Nevins arrived there last year, that are looking for creative ways to put them back into service.

The North Country grows a lot of quality grasses, Brown said, noting that grass-fed beef, like that raised at the farm, is in great demand in many parts of the country.

"More and more people are looking for local food," said Brown, adding that it makes sense in a lot of ways.

Lane Nevins said Prospect farm can do well and do good, too, by doing right by their animals which translates into a great product for customers.

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