Located on a highly travelled road, seeing roughly 16,000 cars a day, Emery Farm is both a local and tourist destination. David HIlls and Catherine McLaughlin Hills, the tenth generation on the farm, have had a long standing (30+ years), positive relationship with the current farmer. The on-farm farmstand, which was started in 1983, has grown into a thriving business that sees over 45,000 customers per year. Holly Philbrick has owned and operated the Market & Cafe for the last five years, and has developed a strong local following. Holly looks forward to collaborating closely with farmers to bring as much local food into the Market & Cafe as possible.
Vision: Emery Farm aspires to be a living example of regenerative agriculture that is seen as the go-to location for fresh food and community enrichment.
Mission: The Farm is a welcoming space that honors the heritage and stewardship of the land, and is committed to the preservation of agriculture to serve the community.
In the next five years Emery Farm will be known as the community's welcoming neighborhood farm.
- Goal: Create a warm, friendly, community experience where everyone can connect with local agriculture.
- Goal: Build a hub to provide marketing opportunities for local farmers and crafts people.
Next Generation Farmers
- Goal: Explore the possibility of collaborating with UNH and others to become an educational farm for new and beginning farmers.
- Goal: Implement organic production practices that advance regenerative agriculture.
- Goal: Diversify crop varieties and quantities, and production practices including succession planting and season extension.
Organizational Structure & Communication
Emery Farm has adopted a collaborative governance model, which relies on clear understanding of individual roles and responsibilities, and how each person and part of the Farm organization are connected. This model of governance helps to build trust and a sense of community, and improve communication across the entire farm operation. To facilitate effective governance, all lessees and lessors are expected to participate in twice-monthly meetings.
About the Seacoast New Hampshire
- 10 miles to historic downtown Portsmouth
- 4 miles from downtown Durham
- 5 miles from downtown Dover
- 13 miles to local beaches
- Nextdoor to the Great Bay
- Local walking/hiking trails
- 60-90 miles to NH’s White Mountains
- Numerous craft breweries locally
- Highly regarded local public school system
Experience and Skills
Emery Farm is looking for farmers:
- With 5 years minimum experience with any one of the following:
- Row crop production
- Livestock production
- Poultry production
- Fruit tree production
- Experience with blueberries is a bonus, with the expectation of taking over blueberry production in 3-5 years
- experience with regenerative farming practices;
- excellent communication, interpersonal, and listening skills;
- highly collaborative team players who demonstrate a positive attitude and sense of humor; and
- creative, holistic thinkers capable of working together to problem-solve and advance the vision, mission, and goals of Emery Farm.
Those interested in farming at Emery Farm should submit a cover letter and two-page business proposal to Jennifer Wilhelm at [email protected] by October 15, 2021. Please contact Jennifer with any questions.