A graduate of the University of Connecticut has been hired to manage Little River Farm, a new small family farm on nine acres in the town of Fairfield. Mairead “Mermsie” Raftery is responsible for all aspects of farm operations and production, as well as overseeing farm-to-table wholesale operations, operation of the on-site farm stand and participation in farmers markets. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science.
Felix Charney, who founded Little River Farm with his wife, Olivia, said Raftery “brings the right blend of energy and spirit to the farm and to the local area community which is continuing to discover us.”
The farm currently has egg production from 200 hens, plantings of 21 ground crops, including beans, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kale and tomatoes. An orchard of 250 apple, pear and peach trees has also been planted.