Address: 277 Holden Rd, Langdon NH 03602 / (603) 835-6488
About Us / Maple Frost Farm History: Lamb, chicken eggs, and wool from Maple Frost Farm are Animal Welfare Approved. \n\nKimberly and Jack Mastrianni left their city lives in Massachusetts to establish Maple Frost Farm in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Kim was an animal science major in college and ran a horse farm in New York after school, but worked in accounting in Boston for many years before returning to agriculture. Knowing that they wanted their main focus to be on fiber production rather than meat, the Mastriannis chose to raise Leicester Longwools, a sheep breed once popular around the world and now classified as "rare" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. A large-framed sheep carrying a heavy fleece, the Leicester Longwool is a sturdy, efficient and adaptable breed that makes good use of marginal forage.\n\nThe farm’s high-welfare pasture-based farming methods include innovative parasite management. Kim and Jack have been able to avoid the use of medications to kill parasites in their sheep by feeding their animals pumpkin, garlic juice, cabbage, carrots and diatomaceous earth. In addition to sheep, Maple Frost Farm is also home to a small flock of laying hens, which rotates through their pastures and helps keep down the farm’s bug populations.\n\nKim and Jack chose to have their sheep and chickens certified by Animal Welfare Approved because the standards agreed with their farming practices and principles. “Whether it’s done for the animal or for the bottom line, it’s a good thing,” says Kim. “Animals that are happy and less stressed produce better products—meat or fiber.”\n\nThe Mastrianni family, which includes their daughter Morgan, who loves the farm, but doesn’t always love getting out of bed to do her chores before school, is dedicated to the future of farming in their community. They have ensured that Maple Frost Farm will remain a site of sustainable food production by placing most of the farm’s almost 300 acres in a conservation easement. This allows the land to be used for agricultural production, but prohibits commercial development. In addition to farming, Jack is also on the board of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.\n\nMaple Frost Farm wool is available direct from the farm. Email for availability.