LOCAL, GREEN & ELECTRIFYING!
Visit us and stay local. Buying sustainably grown and organic foods is a priority for us due to the benefits for our guests, our family, staff, and community. A big bonus is that we know exactly where the food is grown and by whom it is grown. Moreover, these farmers are real people we have grown to care about as part of our community – by supporting their businesses we strengthen our community and its vitality.
The Grazing Room and the inn’s Gift Shop source from the following local farms (and seeking more):
|Angel Ridge Farms – Cornish Center
|Hop N Hen Farm – Henniker
Meadow View Farms – Gilmanton (lamb)
Electric Charging Station. Overnight and dinner guests can pull right up to our main barn to charge their electric cars while they themselves recharge with some great food and relaxation. We have two chargers – one is dedicated to Teslas (Tesla supported this initiative through their partnership with Select Registry).
Biking Sharing Site. The inn hosts two VeoRide bicycles as part of the new cycle sharing program launched at New England College. Inn guests can sign up for a day pass! Locals can pay as you ride (just 50 cents every 15 minutes) or get a great value for monthly or yearly passes. The bikes have a solar charging basket!
Sustainable Management. We take the term “Innkeeper” to heart because we are carrying on a legacy with this property for the 20 years we hope to operate it. We also care about the larger environment around us. A few of our ECO practices include:
- Installation of dispensers for shampoo, conditioner and body gel in all bathrooms so we can purchase bulk supplies of Natura bath products.
- Maintaining our own organic vegetable gardens and heirloom fruit trees on the property
- Composting all fruit and vegetable scraps as well as grass, leaves and straw and manure from the goat pens
- Illuminating the inn with energy efficient bulbs
- Upgrading HVAC system, washers and dryers and equipment to energy efficient models
- Replaced all toilets with dual-flush models to save water with every flush
- Recycling all cans, bottles and paper used on site.
- Canning summer local and organic produce to use throughout the year
- Including organic and sustainable wines on our Wine List and featuring New Hampshire spirits in all of our House Signature Cocktails
- Cleaning with “green” products as much as possible – this is a much bigger focus in 2018 with new cleaning staff leadership
- Purchasing recycled paper products for office supplies, facial tissues and toilet paper
- Integrating repurposed/recycled items into special events
- Planting native plants and installing birdhouses made of recycled/repurposed materials across the property
- Feeding birds
- Ridding the property of invasive plants and vines that have been weakening the trees and making other areas, such as a long stretch of creek, impenetrable
- Preserving a mid-1800s barn with new life – Yes, we host barn weddings!
- Walking to the post office, bank and other almost daily errands in town
- Extending our commitment to local to any products we can use in the gift shop and for operations – we also carry recycled/repurposed products
Community Support. Just completing our second year, our expenditures to bring the inn to where we envision it still take just about any profit we have. However, giving is important at any level and builds relationships we hope to grow! While we always welcome a frequent guest’s request for a cause close to their heart, we have elected to align our community support with our mission and focus on three primary objectives:
- Strengthing a Multi-Generational Community – Both sets of our parents live on other sides of the country because they wanted a community for their age group. We barely see them once a year now. We both grew up with three and four generations of our family in close proximity, and we missed having that for our daughter. Fortunately, in Henniker The White Birch Center provides programs for early learning, extended learning for after school for kids up to age 14, and active learning (and recreation) for seniors.
- Creating & Maintaining Outdoor Recreational Spaces – We love to get outside and breathe fresh air – it reminds us why it’s so important to keep the Earth healthy and sustainable. We welcome support for initiatives that allow more people to bicycle, hike, garden, swim, exercise outdoors or see outdoor performances. We support Rails to Trails Conservancy and MainStreet Warner Stage. We are also pledging support to the Henniker Azalea Park Riverwalk’s planned archway as well as the Henniker Lions Club’s kite festival and garden program.
- Strengthening the Local Green Economy – Currently, we provide some support to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire. We also provided in-kind support to the NH League of Craftsmen. — In January 2018, we started the year by accomplishing one of our business goals – reaching a minimum pay rate of $15 per hour for all adult staff who work at least 3 shifts per week. This more than doubled some of the staff positions’ earnings compared to 2015.