Orange Circle Farm
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The Farm

Orange Circle Farm is a small-scale organic vegetable farm located in Stratham, NH.  Farmer Jeff Benton founded the farm in 2014 after several years working on other farms in the Seacoast region of Maine and New Hampshire.  The farm serves the communities of Stratham and Kittery with a CSA program through the peak growing season (June-November).   Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to stay updated on all the opportunities to bring these fresh, organic vegetables into your kitchen.

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The Farmer

Jeff Benton has been farming in the Seacoast region since 2010.  Before starting Orange Circle Farm in 2014, he worked on several other local farms including Brookford Farm, Meadow's Mirth Farm and Touching Earth Farm.

He enjoys the constant challenge of growing the diverse array of foods required by the CSA and greatly values serving his local community with fresh ingredients for their home kitchen.

Favorite crops to grow: onions and carrots

Favorite crop to eat: potatoes

Favorite field activity: pruning tomatoes

Lease favorite field activity: hand picking potato beetles

Secret skills/certifications: Eagle Scout and Master Food Preserver

Favorite season: autumn

Favorite color: orange

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The Move

Orange Circle Farm has operated on rented land in Stratham, NH for four seasons (2014-2017).  At the conclusion of the 2017 season, we'll be moving the farm to newly purchased land at 184 Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick, Maine!

The 70 acre Berwick property was conserved by Maine Farmland Trust in early 2017.   In 2018, all production will be taking place at this new property. 

We're looking forward to serving the Berwick community and all the exciting opportunities that this move will provide for the farm We'll be sure to keep you posted on the details in our weekly newsletter!

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The Methods

All vegetables produce on Orange Circle Farm are certified organic by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.  In addition to those requirements, we refrain from using any types of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, even OMRI listed products.  Our methods of pest and disease prevention include crop rotation, maintaining a small scale, rotations with animals and more.

Through many sustainable practices, we are constantly aiming to minimize our impact on the planet.  Some of our current practices include rainwater collection, drip irrigation, solar powered fencing and using local leaves collected by our CSA members to help fertilize the garden.  Piece by piece, we're always adding to this list with intentions of becoming less reliant on fossil fuels, nutrients imported from great distances, single-use materials and constant tillage of our soil.

If  you ever have questions about what goes (or doesn't go) into growing your vegetables, please don't hesitate to ask your farmer!

 

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The Orange Circle

It's difficult for me to pinpoint my attraction to agriculture.  Yes, it includes things like being outside on a nice day, working with my hands, learning more about the natural world and providing my community with nutritious food.  But to me the attraction is deeper than those things.  It's that fleeting feeling at the end of a long day that you can barely remember the beginning of, standing in the middle of the garden and soaking it all in.  The orange circle on the horizon serves as a reminder and a symbol of those special moments.      -Farmer Jeff

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