About Us

Sanborn Meadow Farm - Kathy and Scott Doherty

In the summer of 2015, we bought a run down but beautiful farm in Canterbury, NH with the dream of turning it into our self-sufficient homestead and working farm. Our goal is to provide our family with real, honestly grown food and share this bounty with our neighbors in Canterbury and the surrounding area. We plan to grow vegetables, fruits, and raise pastured poultry, eggs, and eventually other meat animals as we figure out what fits best on our farm. Farm shares, vegetable starts, honey and maple products are also in our future plans. Our offerings will change as our farm grows but our desire to grow real food will remain steadfast.

"Local" That Is Really Local

We want be an active part of our adopted home town of Canterbury, NH and plan to sell our products here. We won't be expanding to service the Seacoast or Boston markets – that is not our intended business model. We want to remain small and local, meeting the food needs of our community and supporting other local businesses whenever possible. Since we are located about a mile from the Canterbury Community Farmer's Market, our products won't have to travel far to be in our customers' hands in the freshest condition possible.

Our Growing Philosophy

One of the first questions we are asked when people find out about our farm is "Are you certified organic?" No, we are not, nor do we intend to be.

It is our opinion that the USDA's organic label has lost much of its meaning due to large corporate interests that have infiltrated and watered down the national program and that the program no longer supports real organic small farmers. You can find more information on this subject in our Links tab.

Sanborn Meadow Farm - Suzie

Our intent is to build a healthy, biologically diverse soil in which to grow our vegetables, using sustainable and regenerative practices, so that the soil feeds the plants and negates the need for chemical pest control or synthetic fertilizers. Should there be a need for pest control, we will use only products approved for use on organic produce. We purchase our seeds from regionally local suppliers (in 2018 Johnny's Selected Seeds and High Mowing Organic Seeds), using organic or open-pollinated varieties when possible and never using GMO's.

Our poultry is raised without antibiotics, on pasture, where they can run around in the sunshine, spread their wings, and eat bugs and plants. They are fed organic feed from Green Mountain Feeds. Meat birds are processed on the farm using humane methods.

Our goal is to be open and honest about our practices so that our customers can feel confident in the quality products they are buying from us. Come see us at the market, taste our products, ask questions, visit the farm on our future tour days. We want to build a trust that comes from seeing and tasting, not from a label.