The Merrifield Farm

Surrounded by miles of uninterrupted woods and a smattering of friendly human neighbors, [Merrifield Farm] has been a spectacular place to grow, explore and raise daughters.Mol
  • Not long before falling in love with Johnny Pease, my favorite guy and mate of nearly thirty years, a dear friend and I came upon what was to become an extension of my very flesh while ramming around the backroads in our wreck of a car.

    The month was May and as we bounced along, headlights shut off to enjoy the full moon, suddenly an open expanse of fertile land, set up high like a bowl of deep soil placed in the hands of wooded ridges, appeared to the west. An ancient apple tree glowed in full bloom under the moon and the field was coming in nicely with a thick crop of hay. Three brooks surrounded the place and talked with each other as we lay mesmerized on our backs next to the tree, a light smell of blossoms giving me the odd sense of floating in mid-air towards the moon.

    This is where John and I live and farm. Surrounded by miles of uninterrupted woods and a smattering of friendly human neighbors, it has been a spectacular place to grow, explore and raise our two daughters – now young women with farms of their own. I am eager to share this paradise with you as we wander along its ridges and beyond.

  • Our family and the land which supports us has hosted hundreds of farm apprentices, vagabonds, wayward souls, and joy seekers over the past twenty-five years or so. This place draws them in like bees to honey and I would have it no other way.

    Molly notices subtle things about the natural world and talks about its inhabitants like they’re close friends. Spiritual teacher, nature teacher, overall life teacher… Spending time with Molly is like nothing else!Emma, Farm Apprentice 2016