Fernwood Farm NH
fernwood farm

About Us

Fernwood FarmOwner Paula L. Gilman is a direct descendant of Edward Gilman who came to Gilmanton from Exeter, NH in the late 1600’s.  It is documented that Edward Gilman was the first Gilman settler in NH and his son Edward, Jr. was one of the original Gilman families who settled in Gilmanton.  On May 20, 1727 Governor John Wentworth signed a Charter granting the Town to 24 persons by the name of Gilman, in addition to 153 other individuals, as compensation for services rendered in defense of the country.

The tract of land now known as Fernwood Farm has been in Ms. Gilman’s mother’s family, Hawkins, since 1914 and Ms Gilman is the third generation to work this land.  Ms Gilman has a degree in Horticulture and was pursuing a degree in Environmental Science when she was finally able to purchase this tract of land from her extended family.  Ms Gilman forfeited her Environmental Science degree in order to follow her life-long dream of building her home and starting Fernwood Farm on her family’s land. Ms Gilman is a Horticulturist, Consultant, and Organic Producer.  She is a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers; New Hampshire Made; American Tree Farm System.   Ms. Gilman is Vice-President & Director of Gilmanton’s Own, Inc., 4 th generation member of Lower Gilmanton Community Club and member of the Gilmanton Land Trust.

Thomie Dombrowski joined Fernwood Farm in the fall of 2009.  Thomie is not a stranger to Gilmanton as his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Carroll, owned a summer home just below Paula's grandparents, Amy & Shurldin Hawkins.  Fernwood Farm is located diagonally across the street from the former Hawkins & Carroll homesteads.    Thomie has become an integral part of Fernwood Farm and is now living his lifelong dream of being a farmer. 
In addition to putting in countless hours of helping to expand the farm and adding bee hives, he is the primary photographer for the farm. Thomie, his siblings and cousins would join Paula and her brother, Robert, daily to romp through the hayfields and cow pastures - picking wild blueberries that now make up Fernwood Farm.  Thomie at the ripe old age of 7 was the only one of the kids that could go up to and pat Paula's Uncle Bub’s horse, Donna, who would always try to bite and kick the rest of the kids.  The kids would all take turns riding Paula's horse, Nipper, though.   Thomie even worked with Paula's grandfather spreading manure in the fields that are now part of Fernwood Farm.  Thomie and Paula along with their siblings and cousins would play hide and seek in Grampa’s hayloft.  They always knew when Grampa was coming when they heard the wooden screen door bang – this is when they all found hiding places.  Thomie usually hid in the grain box~!Wedding Flowers


Fernwood Farm is a small Organic working farm offering flowers, herbs, scenery, and views that are constantly changing with the seasons. Fernwood Farm is a beautifully landscaped property in the heart of the Lakes Region.  Surrounded by 53 lush acres of hayfields, wildflower meadows, ponds, forests, numerous flower gardens, and wooded hillsides, Fernwood Farm provides a distinctively rustic yet elegant country setting which is protected forever by a Conservation Easement on the entire property.   We are close to major roads and services. 

Fernwood Farm has over 500 peonies and many varieties of specialty cut flowers which includes edible flowers & herbs. We are dedicated to promoting organic & sustainable agriculture; encouraging selection of native plants in the landscape; land conservation; and environmental education.

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