Last Fall, we began the restoration of the small body of water known affectionately as “Leech-ey Lake”. Read more about our multi-phase plan for removing sediment and reinvigorating the wetland ecosystem: Pond Restoration 101: Taking Back Leech-ey Lake
As the ground dries and temperatures warm, we prepare for the installation of our aeration windmill. As black fly season revs up, we hurry to stock the pond with insect-eating fish! Today we paid a visit to Sumner Brook Fish Farm in Ossipee, New Hampshire, to pick up our first load of 30 eight inch rainbow trout.
See photos from our adventure below:
Our fourth and final day in Tamworth was spent visiting the Tamworth Community School.
The school holds community lunches every Thursday afternoon, and the spread included local favorites, including Fred Bickford’s roast beef, Karl Behr’s chicken, Maple Moon Farm ham, Maplewood Farm egg salad, local cheeses and vegetables. Delicious homemade bread was baked by Peg at Sunnyfield Bakery, some made with wheat grown in New Hampshire!
This particular lunch was celebrating the 92nd birthday of one of Tamworth’s favorite residents, Bun Nickerson.
After lunch, we headed over to the schools new pig pen to see the newest editions to the farm; piglets Hamlet, Sassafras, Kevin Bacon.
We were also able to meet with Community School development coordinator and teacher Lianne Prentice, garden manager Kim Knollenberg, and former student Eric Dube to learn a little bit about the school’s past and current projects.
Founded in 1989, The Community School is a private non-sectarian co-educational day school serving 30 students in grades 6 to 12. Community school students are bright, highly motivated young people from 15 towns in central New Hampshire and western Maine.
The Community School’s mission is to support students on their individual learning paths within a caring and respectful community.
Students and teachers collaborate in small multi-disciplinary classes, at School Meetings, and in the school’s gardens and forests to build a healthy local community that contributes to a sustainable world. In preparation for college and meaningful work, students learn by doing, connect with nature, develop an ethic of stewardship, solve real problems, and provide service to others.
Visiting the school was an inspiring experience, and we’re definitely looking forward to attending more community lunches in the near future. Maybe we’ll even be able to sip some ROOT together at the Community schools bi-annual dinners!
The future site of the Tamworth Lyceum is located on historic Main Street, Tamworth, an ideal vision of an American country town that could easily serve as the backdrop of a Norman Rockwell painting. Main Street still functions as it would have 100 years ago, offering the townsfolk a place to gather and keep up with current events at the Town Hall, enjoy a show at the classic Barnstormers theater, or grab a quick breakfast at The Other Store.
The Historic Tamworth Town Hall
Tamworth Church and blue skies.
We spent our third day exploring Main Street and were lucky enough to spend some time at to one of Main Street’s greatest treasures, the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.
The Remick family settled in Tamworth over 200 years ago, and six generations of the same family worked the farm. Each generation prospered, and was active in the town’s history. Before his death in 1993, Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick created a foundation to preserve his home, farm and family history in a way that the public could enjoy. The Remick family’s 200 year history in Tamworth gives us all a glimpse into how people worked and played in this historic landscape.
The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm showcases the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire, from 1790 to the present. Remick is actually a working farm with sheep, goats, cows, steers, oxen, chickens, turkeys, lambs and pigs. They have even created an 1830′s style garden complete with historic crops and vegetables.
We can’t wait to come back this summer just to attend some classes at Remick and drink some ROOT with their amazing staff!
We spent our second day in Tamworth, NH meeting with some very interesting Tamworth residents, exploring, and imbibing.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Ned Beecher, chairman of The Tamworth Conservation Commission who told us about some of the commission’s exciting new projects. Our friends at the Tamworth Lyceum recently posted a great write up about the commission’s preservation of the Beaver Brook Lot, and it looks like TL and Tamworth Conservation will be collaboration on new projects in the near future.
After a long day of exploring we gathered back at the homestead to taste some of the first batches of Tamworth Lyceum wine! The entire selection was delicious, but our tasting bottles didn’t last long.
Luckily we were well stocked with ROOT, which we put to good use.
Stay tuned for new ROOT cocktail posts later this week!
Art in the Age arrived in Tamworth, New Hampshire today for a sneak preview into the transcendental workings of the Tamworth Lyceum. We’ll be spending the next week experiencing some of the most interesting people and places of Tamworth in preparation for the TL opening this summer.
Our first stop was White Gates Farm, a “transparent” farm run by Hank Letarte and his family. This was our second visit to the farm, and the Letartes have continued to find new ways to innovate and improve their farm.
We’re looking forward to collaborating with White Gates in the near future, and can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!
Spring has sprung in Tamworth! See shots below from our recent Spring cleanup at the farm and the completion of the double-decker back porch of the Tamworth Lyceum!
Just this morning, we noticed some emerging dewy fiddleheads. Learn how to cook with them HERE.
Want more New Hampshire haps? Read up on our latest projects in this recent piece in the Conway Daily Sun!
More information about the Tamworth Lyceum project…