The Business of Farming

Two of Nelson’s own locally-owned farm businesses were recently chosen for a selective farm business course sponsored by the Cheshire County Conservation District, the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Both Partners’ Gardens and Headwaters Homestead of Nelson participated in seven rigorous weeks of in-person class time with other farmers in the region, and additional homework, learning to build and upkeep a business case, manage finances, and market themselves. Both of the Nelson businesses delivered a six-minute business pitch to a live audience of community members on February 23. 

At the completion of the class, each farm received a stipend of $2,000 to fund previously approved items that will help them leverage their new skills, sharpen their business strategy, and carry out their plans. One of the best parts for both farms was the great networking and camaraderie among the other farms. 

Headwaters Homestead is a small, diversified family farm on a hilltop in Nelson. Owned and operated by Rachel and Daniel Patterson and their young children, Headwaters Homestead uses regenerative farming practices to grow nutrient dense food that is good for people and the planet. Headwaters Homestead specializes in flavor-driven, heirloom cool-season crops as well as pastured-raised lambs and poultry. Conscious consumers can have access to local, healthy food, year round.

Instagram: headwaters_homesteadnh
Website coming soon!

Partners’ Gardens is a minimal-till market-garden-style farm organically growing high-quality produce and fresh cut flowers for those who want to know their farmers. Owners Jenna and Tyler Rich strive to foster a community where local food on every menu is expected rather than an exception. You can find them every Wednesday starting in May at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market, and soon you can shop their online store through their website!

Instagram and Facebook: @partnersgardens
Website: / online store coming soon


Other Workshop Participants

Tyler and Jenna Rich, Rachel Patterson, Andal Sundaramurthy of Nalla Farm, Amanda and Davis Wadleigh of Kimball Fruit Farm, Sara Powell of Hannah Grimes, Doug Clayton of Fassett Farm Nursery, Andy Pressman of NCAT, Jack Riley of Tracie’s Community Farm

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