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Tom Hanson talks Hansons Farm

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Hanson's Farm has been a working farm since 1715, farmed for almost 200 years. In 1908, Matthew Hanson got the opportunity to rent the fifty acre farm and loved it, finally purchasing it in 1913 after which it officially became Hanson 19s farm. His grandson Tom eventually took over, and began concentrating on the farm stand and adding things such as upick, hayrides and other things. To bring families to the farm, diversifying has helped to keep the farm going and such things as a horse boarding business, a haunted hayride, and starting in 2005, Tom with his son Matt started doing a cornmaze. The same year, Tom 19s wife Martha started doing farmers markets and that has grown to a big part of thir farming operations. In 2009 they started a CSA - or community supported agriculture where people buy a "share" of the harvest in advance of the season. Each year the CSA is expanding and they are learning new ways to make it run more smoothly.

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