Our homestead and gardens are located on the historic Randall farm in Lee, New Hampshire. The Randall farm is an early 1700’s homestead that was in the same family until 2003 when the Cox family was able to save it from development. At the same time putting most of the Randall land and the Cox family’s adjacent Tuckaway Farm under conservation easement.
Tuckaway Farm and Wild Miller Gardens now work cooperatively within the same 250 acres in the seacoast of NH. By sharing labor and ideas in the fields, forests, and also on equipment innovations, we aim to keep our farming progressive while focusing on our conservation and educational efforts.
We have built our whole business and homestead design around keeping our gardens within the means of our family to maintain.
Focusing on such goals as
Draft Animal Power, working with our horses in the market gardens, hay fields and forests gives us and the horses a rhythm to live with. We have to pace ourselves to the energy, personalities, and quirks of our living, breathing working partners in harness. Our training methods focus on mutual acceptance between us and our equine partners, this is built on a foundation of trust and understanding that we have with each other. We often find this as much to be training for ourselves in a more intentional lifestyle, as it is for our horses to better understand us, and us them.
Soil conservation, and soil health achieved through crop rotations, cover cropping, green manures, animal rotations, composting, and reduced tillage.
Water conservation, by our whole farm approach to moisture preservation. By invigorating the natural water holding capacities of our soils through compost applications, lots of organic matter and minimal or reduced tillage. While we do drip irrigate in our high tunnels and green house, we have avoided the need for irrigation in the market gardens, entirely, with these intentions.
Healthy animals, we aim to provide fresh pastures every day or every few days in the grazing season. This intensive grazing schedule helps to keep the pastures from being overgrazed. While building soil health to be able to grow fresh, nutrient dense grasses and legumes for our dairy and beef cattle, horses and flock of laying hens. Often they will pass over a piece of pasture in that order, first come the dairy cows who eat the tops, and most nutritious part of the grasses, then come the horses next to finish up what the cows pick around, followed finally by the laying hens to scavenge insects and pick at the grasses. By rotating different species of grazing animals around the same pastures it helps to break up parasite cycles, build soil fertility naturally, through a variety of manures and maintains a rhythm of growth and disturbance in the grasses, keeping it young tender and nutritious all summer long.