DUBLIN — After 41 years of running The Friendly Farm, Bruce Fox said he’s ready to add state politics to his plate.
Fox, a Dublin resident, announced his plans Saturday to run as a Democrat for the State Senate seat for District 9 currently held by Republican Andy Sandborn.
District 9 extends from Bedford to Fitzwilliam.
“I‘ve always kind of been involved in politics, local politics,” Fox said. “I’m a former Dublin Selectman and I hold the esteemed position of Cemetery Trustee in Dublin right now.”
Fox said the Republican landslide at the in Nov. convinced him it was time to put his hat in the ring, adding he would like to see the balance of power evened out between Republicans and Democrats in Concord.
He also wants to do everything he can for New Hampshire families, he said.
Fox, 66, took over Friendly Farm from his father, founder of the farm Allan Fox, 41 years ago.
“Of my 66 years, I’ve been here 53 years,” Fox said.
His father continued to work on the farm and was there three seasons ago to celebrate the farm’s 50th season.
Allan Fox passed away in Jan. at the age of 93.
The Friendly Farm is all about giving children and families a farm experience from bottle feeding a year-old goat to visiting a pasture of sheep to spying newborn bunnies in the barn.
Fox also spent 12 years as an elementary and middle school teacher.
“My focus always, my whole life, has been on the families. I spent two years in the Peace Corps.,” Fox said. “I’ve spent 41 year welcoming New Hampshire families here to the farm. I’ve been a teacher for 12 years — so obviously I’m familiar with the educational system.”
Fox said he also has experience working with elderly in the state through his wife Sylvia’s business Friendly Folks, which provides assistance to seniors who wish to stay in their homes and can do so with assistance.
Once a week, Fox meets 21-year-old Thomas on the farm. Thomas has been coming to the farm since he was five-years old and now works a few hours on Friendly Farm each week. This usually consists of Fox and Thomas feeding animals together. Because of his disabilities, Thomas requires an aid to bring him and be by his side at the farm.
Fox said the continuation of state funding to provide assistants for people with disabilities is also a concern he will bring to Concord if he wins the seat.
Bruce Fox and Darla the cow at The Friendly Farm in Dublin. Photo by Meghan Pierce