There are many activities to do while you are here to admire the sunflower fields during our festival from 7/25/2020 - 8/2/2020. Some events happen on the weekends and some happen on the weekdays. Be sure to check the dates of each event carefully.
Dog Policy: There are NO DOGS or other pets allowed on the farm. You are welcome to contact TAKE 5 Doggie Daycare down the street from the farm to see if they are available to take your dog while you visit the flowers. They are only open Monday thru Friday.
118 N. River Rd (rt 155) Lee, NH 03861
Google Maps and Mapquest are very unreliable. They do not have our location far enough down RT 155, so please use these directions instead. We have also purchased blue state road signs on RT 125 north & south as well as on RT 152 east, so keep an eye out for those.
From the South
Take EXIT 7 off RT 101. Head NORTH on RT 125. Take a RIGHT onto RT 155 (see blue road sign). At STOP sign go STRAIGHT. Coppal House Farm is 1 mile further on LEFT.
From the North via 95
Take EXIT 5 onto RT 4 WEST. Take EXIT 6W to stay on RT 4. At traffic circle go SOUTH on RT 125. Take LEFT onto RT 152 (at stoplight - see blue road sign). Take LEFT onto RT 155 (see second blue road sign). Coppal House Farm is 1 mile further on Left.
John & Carol Hutton, owners
We started coppal House Farm in Stratham NH before moving to Lee NH in 2005. John's passion for farming arose from childhood, being raised in a dairy family. He values being successful in a time-honored profession that controls one's own destiny. John is a registered storyteller with the state of NH, and if you have ever been on a wagon or sleigh ride with John, you will know why. He has a never ending supply of farming tales, some even a seasoned author couldn't make up.
Carol has had a passion for the outdoors and growing things since childhood. She grew up in CT where she learned to ride horses and found her love of nature. She is a retired 8th grade science teacher turned full time farmer. While she has a hand in every area of the farm, she is our veggie, pest, and wildlife guru. When she finds time to leave the farm she enjoys exploring NH by hiking the Forty 4,000 footers or visiting various gardens and art exhibits with her long time college friend, Linda.
Meghan Kelley, Farm Mgr
I am an alumni of the unh class of 2009, graduating with a BS in animal sciences. I have always loved working outside and with animals, so when I found Coppal House Farm it was a great fit. I definitely did not come from a farming background, but I learn a little more every day and enjoy what I do very much (at least I hope so after working here for 11 years!). I have always loved riding horses, so when I got the opportunity to learn how to drive them I was ecstatic. it is definitely my favorite job on the farm. John and Carol have become family and I feel truly blessed to have this amazing place to go to every day!
Hannah Bendroth, Asst Mgr
I am the niece of John and Carol and began working for Coppal House back in 2008 on the weekends when I lived in Maine. I worked in Residential Life at 5 different Universities for 15 years and have my masters degree in Training & Human Resource Development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Three years ago, I decided to try something new and moved home to NH and joined the Coppal House Farm team full time!
I now get to use my Res Life skills here at the farm and learn all about farming! What I loved about Res Life stays true at the farm... everyday is different and you are always learning something new!
Twiggy "The Queen"
Twiggy is a Belgian mare that came to us when she was four years old from Ontario Canada. At 17, she is now one of our most seasoned working horses on the farm. At 1900 lbs she is also one of the biggest horses in the barn. She enjoys working with her fellow horses pulling the plough, grain drill, or wagons. Her least favorite job is pulling logs out of the woods...our once big, tough horse acts like the smallest twig is a 2,000 lb mighty oak log. No worries, we know where each horse shines, so we let Twiggy work with her fellow horses and keep her out of the woods!
Like Twiggy, Ice also came to us at four years old from Prince Edward Island Canada. He is a Belgian gelding and he is our largest horse in the barn at 2,100 lbs and standing at 18.2 hands. Ice is one of our most versatile horses. He can be hitched single, or with a team of anywhere from 2-6 horses. He has done every job on the farm and is our best horse to go logging with because of his easygoing nature. Ice has only one stipulation while on the farm...he is not a riding horse...or as we say "His union card says DRAFT HORSE only".
Charlie is a shire/percheron cross that, at 20 years old, is the oldest horse in the barn. With that age comes smarts. Charlies brain is always thinking and he is ready to take advantage of sneaking more hay on his way out of the barn or checking the other horse stalls to be sure they vacuumed up all their grain before heading to the pasture. Charlie is great with the public and kids, so he has become a well loved addition to the farm. Charlie was born right over in East Kingston NH and has been owned by John and Carol for the better part of 18 years.
Wyatt is a Belgian gelding that was born in Barnstead NH. He has only been at Coppal House Farm for a couple of years and is the youngest horse in the barn at 9 years old. Wyatt is our famous "dead" horse in our front pasture. even though he is a young horse, he is the one that enjoys sleeping by laying down in the tall grass the most. We have had more phone calls from passers by concerned that we have a dead horse because of wyatt than any other horse we have owned. For those that call, we appreciate your concern...we always check, but he is just sleeping.
Marcel & Scarlet
Marcel & Scarlet are Great Pyrenees livestock guarding dogs. They arrived at Coppal House Farm as 4 month old puppies and quickly acclimated to our flock of sheep. It was our sheep that had to get over the fact that we put "coyotes" in their pen. Marcel & Scarlet are a great team. When guarding the same flock of sheep Marcel takes day duty and Scarlet takes night duty. We did not train this, they just decided when they would guard all on their own. They also have their own distinct personalities. Marcel loves love and will flop on his back at our feet to receive a belly rub every time we enter the pen, but will notify us of "stranger danger" if someone unfamiliar gets too close. Scarlet, while she may stay silent when strangers arrive, she has a very watchful eye. She always watches us construct fences to find weak points as she feels it is her job to patrol the entire farm.
Zaba & Flo
Our mousers extraordinaire...at least one of them is. While Zaba is the head mouse and chipmunk hunter on the farm, Flo is the hunter of tuna fish cans. You will probably see these these cream colored beauties strutting through the farm stand during your visit. They are very friendly and enjoy meeting our customers!
The Feathered Ladies
Our Wish Kids
Granted Summer 2020
Matthew is an adventurous and outgoing 13-year-old. He enjoys reading comic books, watching Star Wars and playing video games. Matthew also likes spending time outside doing various activities like skiing, playing soccer, and biking. Before being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, Matthew was a social butterfly who loved being active, hanging with his friends and going to the mall. His diagnosis made all of his favorite things so much more difficult.
Matthew had always been a big fan of video games and connecting with his friends, virtually, while playing them. When Matthew realized he was eligible for a wish, he new exactly what he wanted...a gaming system! Now Matthew can play his favorite games like Fortnite and Minecraft, while connecting with his friends in style with high speed!
Thank you for making wishes like Matthew's possible.
*This is our first "silent wish" that we have granted at the farm. We are honoring the families privacy by changing the child's name and not providing a picture. Picture or no picture, we are so grateful to be able to brighten a child's life through our Sunflower Festival and are only able to do this with the help of the customers that support us!
Granted Summer 2019
Sophia is a courageous, kind five year old. She is a "thrill seeker" who never fails to find laughter. A high-spirited individual known by her parents as the "always happy girl." Caring and gleeful, she loves befriending animals. She even has her own dance her parents call the "Sophia Thing" as she twirls her head and excitedly waves. Sophia is a cheerful and daring child.
Although Sophia's life has not been easy, through Make A Wish New Hampshire, Sophia was able to experience an unforgettable journey with her family. Together, the family went on a special trip to Disney to meet many of the characters Sophia adores. Sophia and her family were escorted by the organization Give Kids The World.
At the beautiful villas of Give Kids The World, Sophia could be adventurous and dive into Disney. Through her wish Sophia was able to travel to the magical land of fairytales. Sophia was given the royal treatment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo salon, where every girl can feel like Cinderella. Sophia's time at Disney was truly enchanting for both the family and Sophia, allowing the whole family to escape to another world. Sophia discovered how she too is a strong, brave princess who has had her own share of battles. But her fearlessness shined through and continues to shine. Sophia's wish provided her with a wonderful opportunity to see and share the light she radiates each and every day.
Granted Summer 2019
Emma is a thoughtful, adventurous nine-year old. She loves to explore the outdoors, often escaping into the woods. Emma loves helping others, she enjoys working at her family's restaurant with her parents. She is very compassionate and caring, always there to lend a hand. It's no surprise that Emma designed her wish to include a place for both her family and friends.
When thinking of all the possibilities for her wish, Emma kept returning to the idea of a tree house. She envisioned a magical area hidden in the woods. Her idea was colorful with vision and inspiration. Thanks to Make A Wish New Hampshire, Emma's vision came to life. Her tree house has become a special hideaway where she can dream and relax on her own. Her hideaway is a personal place to get lost in her books and games. However she loves to share her space with friends and family, inviting them to journey to her outdoor wonderland.
The tree house blossomed from a hopeful dream to a wish come true. This remarkable tree house has changed Emma, as she is able to break away and discover her own adventures. Her wish allows an escape from all the difficulty she has endured and provides a fun and bright place for a kindhearted, bright young girl. Emma's wish has empowered her to grow and flourish just like her treehouse blooming into her own magical world.
Granted Summer 2018
Ranger is a talented hockey player. Headaches curtailed his playing time, so he chose to seek help from his doctor. To everyone’s surprise and devastation, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor! Since then he suffered through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but did not let their effects stop him from continuing to play hockey. Imagine how his family worried each time he stepped onto the rink!
When he is not on the ice, Ranger enjoys reading Calvin & Hobbs, doing puzzles, building with Legos, and playing video games. Among his food passions are Trix cereal, Lexie’s burgers, and Extra Toasty Cheez-its. As a true New Englander, he is a fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots.
Thanks to you Ranger and his family were able to have the time of their lives at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Granted Summer 2018
When the Wish Granters visited twelve year old Cameron they discovered that he enjoys sculpting with clay, building with Legos, and drawing, when not at school. He also enjoys spending time with his family. He has a nine year old brother, Logan, and an Alaskan Malamute named Athena. His favorite place to go on vacation is to Cape Neddick, Maine, where his great aunt and uncle have a camp.
At age 3 Cameron was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. This is a chronic, auto immune condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Cameron uses an insulin to help manage his diabetes. In 2017 he was diagnosed with Childhood Onset Absence Epilepsy (also known as petite mal (seizures). Currently his seizures are well-controlled with daily medication. Recently a build-up of fluid on the brain, causing intense, frequent headaches, required him to undergo more surgery, which has been successful so far.
Cameron’s wish granters visited him and he shared that he and his brother have always dreamed of one day going to Disney World. They knew this dream was not financially possible for their family. Thanks to everyone who supported the Coppal House Farm Sunflower Festival in the summer of 2018, Cameron's Wish of going to Disney World came true! He absolutely loved the Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom and his favorite part was certainy the many tasty treats that Disney World had to offer!
The granting of Cameron’s Wish shows how different groups of people can work in concert to create magic for children facing critical illnesses.
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Describe your image
Granted Summer 2017
Elizabeth is a 5 year old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer that causes the bone marrow to produce too many immature white blood cells. Elizabeth is enamored with Moana, the character from the Disney film. The Moana soundtrack is her favorite album and she even has all of the Moana figurines from the movie! When Elizabeth was offered her wish, it was no surprise she chose to meet Moana!
Elizabeth’s wish trip started with a Limo ride to the airport, where she and her family were then sent off to Hawaii for a 6 day excursion! Once they touched down, they were checked into the Aulani Disney Spa and Resort. On the resort, Elizabeth and her family had access to a host of amenities including pools, water slides, a surfing fishing and dancing party, a kids club, and much more!
All of these activities were a bonus for Elizabeth, whose favorite moment came when she finally had the opportunity to meet and dance with Moana! The ecstatic Elizabeth even got to wear a Moana themed outfit when they met! Elizabeth's week of joy was spent with her sister and parents, a family experience they won't soon forget!
5 year old Elizabeth
5 year old Elizabeth