About

Our Mission

New Dawn Farm imagines a world in which all people have equal access to local, mindfully cultivated food.

New Dawn Farm  is a small vegetable, herb, and flower farm dedicated to providing the local community with fresh produce.   We are also committed to growing vegetables for our local food pantry as we recognize the reality of rural poverty.  We encourage visitors to find a sense of place on our farm through the love we share as we work.  New Dawn Farm is owned and managed by women, who welcome all who are interested in learning about innovative, sustainable and low till, farming practices.

Growing for the local community.
Our farming practices are dedicated to producing mindfully grown produce that is available to the whole community.

About the Farm

New Dawn Farm is a diversified vegetable, flower, and herb farm in Westmoreland, New Hampshire.  We provide fresh, nutrient dense food to our neighbors, using sustainable, regenerative practices and efficient systems.  We are committed to bringing food access, and farm education to our community.  

We run a small CSA, and sell our vegetables on Monadnock Menus, as well as at various farmers markets, through our Farm Stand, and directly to restaurants and caterers in the area.  

New Dawn Farm is owned and operated by Clai Lasher-Sommers, and is managed by women farmers.  The farm also employs a staff Dietitian, to help us educate our community about nutrition.  We take on several graduate student interns every season, and spend time and energy teaching young people about farming and food production.  We are tucked into a beautiful valley of farms along Partridge Brook on Spofford Road, just about halfway between Spofford Village and Westmoreland’s South Village.

Meet our friendly staff:

Clai

Clai Lasher-Sommers has been gardening, farming, and working with farmers forever. She loves looking at the fields and the flowers in the early morning with her coffee.

Clai

Co-Farmer & Owner
Hannah

Hannah Wise is a Registered Dietitian and a recent graduate of the Keene State Dietetic Internship Program. Originally from Ohio, Hannah is loving learning about the world of sustainable agriculture practices from other passionate women farmers.

Hannah

Co-Farmer & Registered Dietitian

Join our team! We are seeking a co-farmer for the 2018 season. Email info@newdawnarmnh.com for a job description and more details.

Farming Practices and Land Stewardship

We follow strict standards to ensure the safety of our members, our workers, and our produce. We are careful to replace all the nutrients we take from the soil and then some. While we are not certified organic, in many cases our practices go beyond what organic growers must do. However this season we are entering the process to become officially certified. We do not use sprays or synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. We also operate with a “Low Till” system, in order to maintain our soil health.  We have received a Pollinator grant, with which we grow hundreds of flowering plants to provide habitat and forage for our precious pollinator insects.

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Seeds

130

Varieties of Vegetables

7000

Lbs of Produce Donated

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Vegetables

Decorative and Edible Flowers

Herbs

New Dawn Farm grows over 130 different varieties of vegetables throughout the growing season, from Arugula to Zucchini.  We consistently expand our production earlier into the spring, and later into the winter, through various grants for season extension and high-tunnel growing through the USDA, to bring as many weeks of fresh food as we can to the table.

New Dawn Farm grows flower for your table, and for your salad.  This is the first year we are offering a “Flower Share,” which is a bi-weekly delivery or pickup of a fresh bouquet.  Members of our CSA also have the benefit of picking their own flowers should they choose the on-farm pickup location.  We also grow many kinds of edible flowers, which serve as an incredible garnish on any salad, soup, or dessert.

We grow a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs which we sell fresh, dried, or as teas.  Our herb production is continually expanding.

Vegetables

New Dawn Farm grows over 130 different varieties of vegetables throughout the growing season, from Arugula to Zucchini.  We consistently expand our production earlier into the spring, and later into the winter, through various grants for season extension and high-tunnel growing through the USDA, to bring as many weeks of fresh food as we can to the table.

Decorative and Edible Flowers

New Dawn Farm grows flower for your table, and for your salad.  This is the first year we are offering a “Flower Share,” which is a bi-weekly delivery or pickup of a fresh bouquet.  Members of our CSA also have the benefit of picking their own flowers should they choose the on-farm pickup location.  We also grow many kinds of edible flowers, which serve as an incredible garnish on any salad, soup, or dessert.

Herbs

We grow a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs which we sell fresh, dried, or as teas.  Our herb production is continually expanding.

A Caring Community

Joan’s Pantry

The Pantry Program

New Dawn Farm grows specifically for Joan’s Pantry in Chesterfield, NH, which is just 5 minutes away from the farm.  We provide first-quality produce to the patrons of the pantry, as well as low-cost recipes using the weekly ingredients available on their shelves.  We also donate seconds to the Community Kitchen in Keene, where the vegetables are prepared into freshly cooked meals.  Little Seed also collaborates with the Community Garden run by Antioch University students which grows for the KCK. Please consider donating to the pantry to help provide nutritious produce to a local family.

New Dawn Farm Education:

Agriculture

We are dedicated to providing access to farm education to our community through workshops, internships, and shared online educational resources. We have taught the intricacies of farming to children, teens, undergraduate students, graduate students, neighbors, and even retirees and survivors of trauma. We strive to make learning about food accessible to all abilities and experiences.

Nutrition

Through our partnership with the Keene State College Dietetic Internship, as well as our incredible staff Registered Dietitian Hannah Wise, we bring nutrition education to our CSA members, interns, pantry patrons, farm stand customers, and community members.

Agricultural
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Nutritional
Education

Your donations can help New Dawn Farm feed local families and educate young farmers.