The Dirty Life Community Read

Libraries in the Woods (LITW), an entity made up of 27 local rural libraries, is hosting a Community Read of The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, throughout the months of April and May. Below is the collective list of programs, events, and workshops offered by the participating libraries. Cushman Library will be offering tours and visits at seven local farms that are either female owned and run or female-driven in tandem with spouses, other family members, friends, and/or employees. Our separate brochure will be available soon, but the information is below.

Tour Upinngil

April 22nd at 11:00am

411 Main Road, Gill

If the parking lot is full, park along the white fence between the road and garden. Carpool if you can!

Sorrel Hatch, along with her father Cliff, husband Isaac Bingham, and a team of wonderful farmers and bakers, makes Upinngil a part of the lives of so many local folks. They offer delicious raw milk and cheeses made from it, berries and veggies of all sorts, fresh eggs, baked goods made with the grains that they grow, and more, at their farm store and bakery. Join the tour of this multi-faceted farm!

Tour Coyote Hill Farm

April 26th at 1:00pm

250 Martindale Road, Bernardston

They have parking for 8-12 vehicles. Carpool if you can!

Gloria and Ervin Meluleni started Coyote Hill Farm after taking early retirement from their careers in Boston and moving to Bernardston. They grow an assortment of veggies, fruits, and flowers, including 25 types of apples. They are the facilitators of the Bernardston Farmers’ Market and also attend Northfield’s. They have a small CSA and accept Senior Coupons and SNAP/HIP benefits.                   

Tour Picadilly Farm

May 12th at 4:00pm

264 South Parrish Road, Winchester, NH

Picadilly Farm is a 71-acre family farm owned by Jenny and Bruce Wooster. They, along with a great crew of workers, the size of which morphs with the seasons, grow vegetables and some fruits for their CSA and local wholesale. Their produce is available at local Coops, including Green Fields Market & Upinngil’s Farm Store. Picadilly Farm is Real Organic Project certified as well as USDA certified organic.

Visit Couch Brook Farm

May 17th from 1:00-4:00pm

184 Couch Brook Road, Bernardston

Elaine Morley and her husband Peter Cevasco have a beautiful organic farm that feels like it’s on top of the world. For many gardeners, going to Couch Brook Farm to pick up veggie, herb, and flower plants marks the true beginning of the season when we get to stick our hands into dirt. Summer is a time for blueberries, and Elaine’s handcrafted pottery is available whenever they are open.                     

Visit Cat’s Croft

May 20th from 1:00-4:00pm

35 Cross Street, Bernardston

Parking is limited. Carpool if you can!

Cat’s Croft is a woman-owned, small organic farm that provides quality, sustainably grown specialty crops, including 50 varieties of garlic, five varieties of shallots, vegetables, soft fruits, stone fruits, flower and herb seedlings, and cut flowers. They also produce high quality, small-batch preserves. Find Cathryn Thomas and Jessica Byrnes at the Bernardston Farmers’ Market, Scarecrow in the Park, and Garlic & Arts Festival.

Visit Cheshire Garden

May 24th at 1:00-4:00pm

@ 277 Burt Hill Road, Winchester, NH

Parking is limited. Carpool if you can!

Cheshire Garden is a small organic farm producing farmstead preserves, mustards, and more from their harvest. They sell their products at their charming Tiny Farmstand, on their website, through mail-order, and at farmers’ markets and festivals. Visit the beautiful farm Patti Powers & her husband, Ralph Legrande, have been growing for more than 40 years.

Tour RootsStones&Bones

May 28th at 3:00pm

100 River Road, Gill

Parking is limited. Carpool if you can!

Hilary Graves & Alisa Houle are wildcrafters who create beautiful garlic braids, handcrafted broomcorn brooms, gourd birdhouses, herbal teas, salves, smudge bundles, lavender wands, and more from what they grow. Their mission is to reestablish traditional crafting as an art form, working closely with the earth in taking concepts from seed to final product. With their tutorials & videos, they hope to make earth artistry exciting & accessible to all.

Cushman Library would like to thank all of these amazing female farmers and their significant others for sharing their beautiful productive places with our patrons!