Osborne Farm Circa 1900
The original Osborne homestead. This home was moved and is thought to still exist in Massachusetts.
Louise Osborne milking a cow as a International Farm Youth Exchange Student.
A family friend, David and Louise with a young Andy Osborne circa 1965.
The Osborne's were in the news for triplet cows! A young Paul poses circa 1965.
The original Osborne's Hooksett Agway opens in 1987.
A young Tom Osborne in his 4H jersey. The Osborne's are dedicated supporters of 4H programs. circa 1982.
An aerial photograph of the Osborne farm showing greenhouses, growing fields and cord wood.
The Osborne family of Osborne’s Agway started their agricultural legacy on their beautiful hilltop farm way back in 1775. While the picturesque farm in Loudon has changed some over the years, the Osborne faces that we have come to know within the stores grew up farmers, just like the 9 generations of Osbornes before them.
David, Andy and Andy's son Michael working on the tractor.
David met his wife, Louise, as an International Farm Youth Exchange student. She, too, was a part of the program and soon after meeting and traveling the world, they began their life together on the farm where David was born and raised. While bringing up their four boys Mark, Paul, Andy, and Tom, David and Louise would also raise dairy cows on the family farm for many years. As times changed, David decided to sell most of the cows in the Dairymen Buyout of 1986, they would then open the doors of Osborne’s Hooksett Agway in 1987.
A younger Paul Osborne processes cordwood at the Osborne Farm.
As a way to help support the store, the family farm in Loudon became a source of feed hay for the store to sell. Andy and Paul continued with some other projects to keep the farm in working order over the next several years as David managed Hooksett Agway. Tom, the youngest and a familiar face at Osborne’s Agway, graduated from UNH with a degree in animal science in ’94. After graduating, he decided to work for corporate Agway and learn new ways to help the burgeoning family business in Hooksett. Paul, another familiar face at the stores today, was a full-time logger for many years in the 90s but helped at the store and the farm as needed.
As David’s sons were becoming more of a managing force at Agway in the 2000’s, he started to consider retirement. But even in retirement, David knew he could not sit idly by. The family decided to build greenhouses at the farm so he could grow nursery plants for the stores to sell. And so began a new chapter in the Osborne legacy! David became well known for his beautiful fall chrysanthemums and customers appreciated his impeccable hanging baskets and annual plants for many years.
The Osbornes continued to grow the business through the 90’s and in 2005 decided to open Concord Agway and then Winnisquam Agway in 2012. As his time at the stores was more needed, Paul would come to manage both Concord and then Winnisquam full time by the mid-2000s. David continued to grow plants for his stores up until his recent death in 2019, with Louise passing away just months after her beloved husband. As you all know, their legacy lives on.
David Osborne with son Andy and grandson Timothy in the greenhouse at the farm.