Meryl and Lane Nevins sponsored an Earth Day event at Prospect Farm in Lisbon last week. The farm uses natural methods to raise livestock and promote the local food system. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
April 30, 2014LISBON— With a love of the land and desire to advance local agriculture, Meryl and Lane Nevins are operating Prospect Farm, 398 Plains Road, in Lisbon. The couple is raising a variety of livestock, and will begin offering a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) meat program in June.
The CSA will provide members monthly shares of pork, beef, chicken, and specialty meats raised at Prospect Farm. Members will also have access to bread and several other local food options through the CSA.
Meryl noted that the CSA is "for people who want to buy locally and responsibly." CSA members can sign up for six or 12 months. Membership brings 15 pounds of different meats for each monthly pick up. The specialty meats included in the CSA are goat, duck, Cornish hen, and rabbit.
Regarding their work on the farm, Meryl said, "It has become kind of a calling for us." She added that Prospect Farm wants to help meet the "need for grass-fed beef and other meats."
The couple originally began a farm in Vermont. They were both raised in New Hampshire, and thought a return to the state would be a great move. With the infrastructure available at Prospect Farm, Meryl and Lane decided in October that the spot was perfect for their dream.
Animals at the farm are raised on the pasture, with their life spent outside. This provides the chance for a mixture of forage and exercise for the animals. Electric fencing outlines the pastures.
Intense grazing and regular pasture rotations are key to the effort. As Meryl said, "The happiness and the health of our animals is Number One."
Natural grasses are "what these animals were meant to eat," Meryl continued. Additional parts of the animals' diet are whey and spent brewer's grain from Schilling Beer Company. Meryl said whey "is wonderful for pigs, especially."
Many consumers taste the difference when meat is raised naturally, with no antibiotics, hormones, or additives. As the Prospect Farm brochure declares, the farm provides "good food raised the way it should be."
During an Earth Day tour of the farm, people had a chance to see the animals. Scottish Highland cattle were part of the day. Meryl said the climate of New Hampshire is close to what Highlands find in Scotland.
Prospect Farm uses the Internet to find many of its animals. A 10-month old Highland bull, a recent addition, came from Maine, for example.
The Nevins are hosting a Farm Tour and Open House on Sunday, May 4th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The afternoon is being dubbed a "Meat and Greet," and participants will have a chance to sample products that will be available in the Meat CSA.
For additional information, go to www.prospectfarvtnh.com. Contact the farm at Meryl@prospectfarmvtnh.com or 568-2441.