Julie's Happy Hens is the poultry operation at the Trow Heritage Farm.
We are pasture-raised free-range eggs and meat.
Julie's Happy Hens
Julie's Happy Hens is the largest pasture-raised table egg producer in the state. It is a terrible award to be bestowed on such a small operation, but it probably best defines how dire the agricultural situation has become in New Hampshire. Never the less, we are approximately 3500 birds producing free-range, possibly fertile, eggs in the lee of the Monadnocks.
We focus on sustainable agriculture using natural and humane practices. Our philosophical approach has as its keystone the well being of the land and our animals. We welcome visitors and are always proud to show off our farm. In fact, we encourage people to visit and participate in the animal's lives, as that is the best way to understand the basis for your food and the responsibilities you have as a consumer, as well as the responsibilities we have as your farmer.
We raise a dozen types of chickens, picked for their ability to thrive in the extremes of our New England weather, lay lots of eggs, socialize with customers, and look lovely year round. We also keep five breeds of heritage turkeys and several breeds of ducks chosen for their eggs and their meat as well as their ability to raise strapping young offspring. To protect the flocks from predators, we use roosters and squadrons of guinea fowl, all coordinated by half a dozen brilliant peafowl and one Chinook (Russell).
In addition to chicken, duck, and guinea eggs, we sell roasters and soup chickens as well as turkeys and ducks for meat. We milk a small flock of EF sheep and sell milk and dairy products (Julie makes the best Tomme this side of France) as well as beef from our flock of free range Highland Coos.
Trow Heritage Farm
The Farm is on the site of the original Trow homstead, one of the settling families of Mont Vernon, NH. When we assumed stewardship of the property, it had not been farmed for at least 50 years, though cows and horses often spent a season or two grazing the property. Given that the woods had been rather too heavily logged and the pastures not grazed heavily enough, we have been spending time rejuvenating the property. We have fences up now and a great group of foragers munching along the pastures. The woods will need to regenerate themselves, but we have been doing some underbrush removal. There is still an abundance of wildlife and a thriving beaver population on Hartshorn brook. The old walking trails are still there, but need some work - come visit!