Long Entry Farm

From our family's farm to your family's table

About Us

The Dahlquist Family – Mike, Allison, Michael, & Samuel – share a little bit about themselves


How it all started

Dr. Enold Dahlquist and his new bride, nurse Ann Moran, purchased rural property in Chepachet in 1958. As they fixed up a 1700's farm house, they started their family of 7 children (which also included an extended family of farm animals and pets (if you see Chris – ask her about her love of chickens)). Doc cultivated bountiful gardens to help supplement the family food needs, and, according to the children, (but Ann disagrees!) to torture them with the process of freezing and preserving.


How long have you been farming?

In 2000, Doc & Ann’s youngest son, Mike, started to build Long Entry Farm on a 22-acre piece of land carved out of the family homestead, right across the road from his parents. Mike took Doc’s love of farming a step beyond rational and started growing vegetables on such a scale that he has been able to participate in Farmer’s Markets since 2004.

Allison was raised – GASP! – outside of Rhode Island. Her parents, Joe & Jan Hamel, raised their family of 3 children in Auburn, Massachusetts. Although Jan baked pies out of the freezer (and still does... she has always loved Mrs. Smith), Allison learned a love of cooking (and butter) in her kitchen. From her father, Allison learned to be a young entrepreneur – by sitting on the beer coolers & charging for beverages at the WBZ-TV family outings. Allison is an avid cook & gardener – though she frequently feels like she’s in a Green Acres episode
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In 2009, Mike & Allison started their own farm family with the addition of Michael – the world’s best-est boy ever (can you tell his mama is writing this???). Michael loves to help on the farm –  he works side-by-side with Papa taking care of the Taj MaChickens, pulling weeds, and throwing hay.  He is also one proud big brother, and loves to teach Samuel all about the farm.

In 2013, Samuel joined the farm family.   Samuel may look like a little clone of his brother, but he certainly has his own little personality, and yes, he too, is the best-est boy ever.  I'm one lucky mama!


Giving credit where credit is due

Although Long Entry Farm was established in 2000, the land has been farmed since (at least) the 1730’s, and our hay field shall forever be known as “Mr. Carpenter’s field”. Fred Carpenter was a quiet, humble man, but so like a grandfather to the Dahlquist children. He taught them by showing, not talking, the tricks & trade of agriculture. He showed them how to handle potato bugs (squish), how to hoe a row, and took them for tractor rides down the (literately) one-lane, grass-in-the-middle, dirt road that ran by the family farm house to the field.

Today, Michael and Samuel have their own “Mr. Carpenter” - Glen Nelson – nicknamed “G3” for the important role he has for all of us - as third grandfather. Glen is more than a neighbor, he is truly a grandfather to each of us, and helps Long Entry Farm in more ways than words can adequately describe (which perhaps might be best, in some colorful circumstances) - he grows vegetables ‘just to help us out’, he loves us (though he doesn’t quite say it), and of course, he is the endless supplier of treats for the dogs and the boys, which can’t go unmentioned. But most importantly, he teaches us – from when to plant what... to what to plant when... how to raise chickens and how birth cows (and what to name them (among the best... Arafat, Putin, Erastus, Angelina, Jack & Jill, Rosie....)), he shares more knowledge than any text book or internet page, but only if you tighten up those listening ears.

And yes, little Samuel Glen is named after G3.  Both he and Michael have a great inspiration to live up to.  

How long have you been a CSA?

2012 was our first year providing CSA shares. This new method of sharing our farm harvest helps us expand our farm while maintaining some sanity! Please check out our "What's Sharin'?" page for more information.

How long have you been cooking? (as a Farm Home Kitchen, that is…)

We were certified as a Farm Home Kitchen through the Rhode Island Department of Health in 2012. This allows us to expand our operations even further and sell freshly baked yeast breads, double-crust pies, and jams, jellies, preserves – ALL freshly home made in our kitchen. Please check out our "What's Cookin'?" page for more information.

Are you organic?

No, we are not. HOWEVER, before you click off of our site, please know that Long Entry Farm carefully developed and follows our IPM Plan. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices - including organic practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Mike is always willing to talk your ear off about our practices.  If you have questions or concerns, know that whatever we put on our crops lands on our family table, so we obviously have more than a passing interest in doing it conscientiously and correctly.

To learn more about the difference between organic farming and IPM farming, please follow this link to the EPA website:
https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/integrated-pest-management-ipm-principles

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2011/06/18/137249264/organic-pesticides-not-an-oxymoron 


Are you GAP Certified

YES! We are!!  Both Mike and Allison attended the GAP certification training program and Long Entry Farm has been GAP certified since 2010.

And what does that mean?? 

GAP” stands for Good Agricultural Practices. GAP certification is a voluntary food safety program developed by FDA and USDA for fruit and vegetable growers with the goal of reducing food-borne illness. The GAP program describes key steps that growers can use to help reduce or minimize contamination of produce by disease-causing organisms. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility from the farmers to consumers – and Long Entry Farm does it’s part to ensure our practices & our produce are safe. Also – our family eats off of our farm too! If it’s not good enough for our table – it won’t be served to yours!

To learn more about the GAP program, please follow this link to the URI website: http://www.uri.edu/ce/ceec/food/grow.html

 

What else should I know about Long Entry Farm?

Long Entry Farm is truly a mom-n-pop farm (or, according to Michael – a mamapapa farm (awww, isn’t that sweet!)). We are a small farm dedicated to providing the freshest, local-est, and honest produce to our patrons and our supporters (and our mooching family members!). Both Mike and Allison have full-time professional jobs – but our hearts are in the soil, and we're dedicated to teaching our children to respect the land that feeds us.

Long Entry Farm is under a perpetual conservation easement with the Glocester Land Trust and the USDA NRCS. A conservation easement is an agreement that permanently limits the type and amount of development on the property, while retaining private ownership. The conservation easement was finalized in 2010 and preserves the 22-acres of Long Entry Farm in perpetuity as farmland, preserving its rural and agricultural character.

 





 


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