WELCOME TO VILLAGE ROOTS
Village Roots is a small, diversified farm on the Orchard Hill Community in East Alstead, NH that uses a holistic approach to food production. We use intensive integration of plant, animal and fungal systems to produce high quality food, while striving always to build fertility.
A permaculture design approach has allowed us to work with, rather than against the land that we steward. It is our goal to use and share this approach as a means by which to rekindle the rich legacy of food production in our region. By building diverse and interdependent farm ecosystems, with humans as keystone species, we can heal land, build soil, sequester carbon and secure our local food network.
As producers, we specialize in pasture-raised meats, extended season vegetables, herbs and fruits. We are experimenting with more perennials, and hope to offer more pick-your-own fruit in the future as well as nuts and nursery trees.
In addition, Village Roots grows, designs and implements systems that include renewing fertility, perennial food production and natural building as fundamental components needed to establish regenerative human habitat.
News and Updates
If you are looking for farm food this summer, and want to support a family owned and operated farm consider supporting Village Roots.
Ellen and Marty have been farming at Orchard Hill for 12 years and continue to emphasize soil regeneration, renewable energy, community food security and growing nutrient dense foods. Check out some of our options below.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to email a CSA order form to you, or if you want more information. Or, you can download the order form below to place an order.
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Permaculture Design Course 2017
We are well into the 2017 Permaculture Design & Certification course. This year we have explored a few new sites in the region that are putting permaculture principles into action, including Gap Mountain Permaculture, Unity Mountain Herbs, Badger Balm, Mole Hill Theater and Colby Sawyer College. Instructors from around the Northeast have joined us in our quest to find and design sane, sustainable and regenerative systems.
(poster artwork thanks to Jennifer Close)
Devin Smith from Witness Oaks Polyculture prepares
the group for a grafting workshop at Village Roots.
The homestead at Gap Mountain Permaculture.
Check out those kiwis!
Students share group designs for feedback.
David Wichland demonstrating how to inoculate hugel beds with mycelium - with Irene LeMessurier.
Starting new hugel beds at Village Roots.
Doug Clayton from Gap Mountain Permaculture shares
with us his original design for the site.
A site visit to Jonah Ruh Roberts' homestead in Unity, NH offers the course a glimpse into growing medicinal herbs, planting guilds,
zone design, climate batteries and much more.
Leon Malan's site design at his woodland homestead in Andover, NH.