Biodiverse Farming at Brookford Farm
Luke and Catarina Mahoney
Brookford Farm, Canterbury, NH
On Brookford Farm’s 600 acres they produce raw milk, cheese, organic vegetables, pork, beef and chicken. Although their operation is complex, their philosophy is not. For owners Luke and Catarina Mahoney farming is about harmony; it’s about animals, crops, soil and systems all working together to create a sustainable environment. Luke first learned about biodiverse farming when he traveled to Russia to work on a biodynamic farm that provided a healthy living environment for handicapped individuals. Here he saw first hand the positive impact that farming could have on the land and people. While at the farm he met Catarina. The couple shared a love for this way of life and wanted to learn more. They moved to Germany to a larger biodiverse farm with a stronger focus on production. As they continued to expand their knowledge and skills, they began to dream of owning their own farm. After the birth of their second son, they returned to the States and moved their family to a 200-acre farm in Rollingsford, NH. Five years later they were ready to expand and bought Brookford Farm. Brookford Farm supplies local restaurants, and sells their products through their CSA, farm markets and at Eastman’s Corner.