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 producers (and always seeking more):

Gilded Fern Farm
Gilded Fern Farm
HopNHen Farm
HopNHen Farm
Yankee Farmer's Market
Yankee Farmer's Market
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Electric Charging Station - CLOSED until 2024

*Please note that we had to disconnect the (very old) charging station. We plan to reinstall a new charging station in 2024. 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.

Sharing for Enoying the Outdoors

We are willing to lend out backpacks, snowshoes, blankets, beach chairs, beach blankets, and umbrellas. Just ask us to borrow!
We also provide picnics with notice at least by 6:00 pm the night prior.

Sustainable Management. We take the term "Innkeeper" to heart because we are carrying on a legacy with this property for the 25 plus 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
  • Our used cooking oil is picked up by White Mountain Biodiesel for use as biodiesel fuel in the Mount Washington Cog Railway (which had been coal-operated at one time)
  • 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

Our expenditures to bring the inn to where we envision it still, after four years, take just about any profit we have. However, giving is important at any level and builds relationships we hope to grow!

We have elected to align our community support with our mission through three primary giving objectives:

Strengthing a Multi-Generational Community

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. In 2021, we plan to begin working with The Birches at Concord - Memory Care Community for Seniors as Bruce's mom moves here from Arizona.

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 Concord's Five Rivers Conservation TrustRails to Trails Conservancy and Main Street Warner Stage. We also support the Henniker Azalea Park Riverwalk's planned archway as well as the Henniker Lions Club's kite festival and garden program and the Rotary Club of Henniker's summer outdoor concert series.

Strengthening the Local Green Economy

Jefferson serves on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection.  We also provide 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. As of 2020, all full-time staff earn at least $20/hour!