There’s no sign or address posted, but you can see a greenhouse peeking out from the road. The Walpole farm winds back behind the property on a nondescript road. Bruce Bickford has been tending to this farm for more than 15 years but has been farming for many more years. He now has help from his children, Noemi (not pictured), Jeremiah and Sarah.
Bruce’s interest in farming was cultivated a child. His mom always gardened, and he got a few things to choose to plant and grow himself.
Fast forward to today, and he’s got a thriving farm of fruits and vegetables, pigs, turkeys (for Thanksgiving), chickens and more. His days start at 5 a.m. when he does animal chores. At around 6 a.m. he tends to the greenhouses and waters the farm. Sowing and weeding, and if there’s overnight frost, he has to uncover plants. There is also weekly planting and transplanting from the propagation house.
Winter squash will be harvested and stored in the propagation house before freezing. Two days a week, going into the late night, there is harvesting happening until 10 p.m. and then resuming at 2 a.m.
Freshness is a focus here. So are micro nutrients in the soil. Healthy soil equals healthy plants. Corners are not cut here, and soil fertility is important. No toxic fertilizers and pesticides are used.
You can find Abenaki Spring Farm products at the Keene Farmers’ Market or through their CSA. They are located at 188 Upper Walpole Road, Walpole, New Hampshire. Telephone: 603-209-7100.