On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Nicole Vernon. Nicole is co-owner of Vernon Family Farm, a non GMO pastured poultry farm on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She is a farmer, a Spanish teacher, a bilingual mama of 3 adventurous farm girls, a committed wife, a serious multi-tasker and a very passionate community builder. They participate in indoor and outdoor farmers markets but also operate a successfully growing farm store and host on farm events. . Their mission is to cultivate a greater sense of community through chicken. Because Chicken is what they do best!
Nicole Vernon | BIO
Hi, my name is Nicole Vernon and I am the co-owner of Vernon Family Farm, a nonGMO pastured poultry farm on the Seacoast of NH. I never dreamed that this would be my life but it is exactly what it’s supposed to be. I am a farmer, a Spanish teacher, a bilingual mama of 3 adventurous farm girls, a committed wife, a serious multitasker (which is sometimes a good thing, and sometimes not so much) and a very passionate community builder.
I was born in Syracuse, NY and I lived a life that always had glimmers of farm related activities. I was, and continue to be an animal lover. I attended farm camp for many years. I thought I’d be a large animal vet for a long time. Now, I see in retrospect that all the pieces of my journey were exactly what they needed to be to lead me here.
None of my formal education is farm related. At St. Lawrence College in Canton, NY, I majored in Global Studies and Spanish with a focus of Latinamerican and Caribbean studies. I spent equal parts of college on campus and abroad, living in Spain and Costa Rica. I completed my graduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature through Middlebury College. This experience provided another great escape to live in Madrid, Spain, a place I thought I would live for the rest of my life…until I met Jeremiah Vernon.
My husband and I have been farming chickens on the Seacoast of NH for 10 years but it wasn’t until 5 years ago that we bought our farm in Newfields, NH. We participate in indoor and outdoor farmers markets but as our farm store and events grow more popular, we find ourselves leaving the farm less often. Our mission is to cultivate a greater sense of community through chicken. Chicken is what we do best!
We raise 20,000 pastured chickens during a pastured poultry season. While my responsibilities on the farm continue to change, they are mostly tied to the social media and marketing of the farm. My first job is off the farm. My job as a Spanish teacher at Exeter High School started off not only as my passion career, but also the job that would give our family the security and stability we would need, needed and continue to need as a farming family – consistent paycheck, healthy benefits, etc. Teaching also serves as the perfect compliment to this farm life.
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