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Youth and Farm Outreach

We are committed to connecting children and adults with their farming heritage while teaching them about the joys and challenges of farming today. The Foundation is a non-profit 501C3 organization.

Today we carry on the tradition of serving youth by providing a safe place for children and animals to interact through the Highland Riders 4-H Club and Elspeth’s Place.

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To teach appreciation for humane livestock-handling

To provide a safe place to effectively interact with livestock

To help people to reconnect with America’s agricultural heritage

To help people to reconnect with America’s agricultural heritage

We are committed to connecting children and adults with their farming heritage while teaching them about the joys and challenges of farming today.

Miles Smith Farm is named for the man who founded it in the 1850s and now rests with his family in the farm cemetery. In 1970, the Foundation’s founder Loring Puffer established Rivendell School here. It was a residential institution for New England’s delinquent teenagers until 1982. From 1990 to 1997, the property was home to Learning Networks Foundation, which provided distance learning for adults and in the early 2000s, the Foundation sponsored educational programs for at-risk youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a place that was dear to the heart of our founder.

After Loring’s death in 1999, his widow, Carole Soule, turned her attention to reviving the property as a working beef cattle farm. But seeing agriculture as endangered and widely misunderstood, and realizing the beneficial impact farming can have on the lives of young people, she refocused the Foundation’s efforts accordingly. The farmhouse has been restored and enhanced, and a herd of Scottish Highlander cattle have 37 acres where they enjoy wholesome and natural lives.

Today Carole operates Miles Smith Farm in loving partnership with second husband Bruce Dawson, and the Foundation is the educational facet of that farm, aiming to enhance public understanding of agriculture, enrich the lives of children, and to promote the respectful and humane treatment of livestock animals.

LNF hosts farm events were one and all are invited to the Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, N.H.

These events give visitors the opportunity to meet cattle, a donkey, goats, a lamb, cattle, calves, pigs, and to see yoked oxen at work.

Elspeth’s Place is just one of the programs we offer to help youth and adults connect with our farming heritage.

The Highland Riders 4-H Club holds meetings at the farm and provides outreach programs for members and visitors.

The Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization and all donations are eligible to be tax-deductible.

Donations can be made to Elspeth’s Place – a learning-space for livestock and humans

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We are committed to connecting children and adults with their farming heritage, while teaching them about the joys and challenges of farming today.

What We Have to Offer

Learn how to safely handle livestock. It's not as hard as you may think.

Communicate with Cows

We provide a safe place to effectively interact with livestock

What it takes to be a Farmer

If you were raised on a farm you know what it takes. Reconnect or connect for the first time with a farming heritage.

Did you spend time on a relative's farm when you were a child?

We teach appreciation for humane livestock-handling

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Why Join Us?

  • We Care

  • Ours are Happy Cows

  • Learn to work with farm animals

  • Caring for livestock makes us better people

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We love our users and are fully dedicated to keeping their trust by offering amazing programs!

Bonding with piglets.

Carole Soule and Bruce Dawson, farm owners, talk about what they do.