Annual Celebration

The Conservancy's biggest annual event is a wonderful chance for you to connect with friends new and old and celebrate what your support has accomplished in the past year. In addition to special announcements and awards, recent projects are highlighted and there's a preview to the coming year. Optional field trips to conserved lands follow the program.

27th Annual Celebration
Farmland Forever? The Future of New England Agriculture

Photo of Stone Barn, Peterborough. Courtesy image.

Historic Stone Barn, 63 Old Street Road, Peterborough, NH

Saturday, September 17, from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

Join Monadnock Conservancy supporters and friends to celebrate local land conservation at Peterborough’s historic stone barn, a local landmark. Enjoy an inspiring talk by new American Farmland Trust President John Piotti, connect with friends and neighbors, and end the morning with an optional Q&A session, barn tour or guided trail walk. All are welcome.

Please register by September 9: Email Pat Payne or call 603-357-0600, ext. 101.


Featured speaker

Photo of John Piotti. Courtesy image.Recently appointed president of American Farmland Trust, John Piotti has been at the forefront of agricultural issues in Maine since the early 1990s -- when most people dismissed farming as having no future. From 1995 to 2006, he managed all the farm programs for Coastal Enterprises, Inc. He was a founder of Maine Farmland Trust in 1999, and then served on its board. He became the Trust’s CEO in 2006 and served until this summer.

John is past chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and a past director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. He has also served in Maine’s State Legislature, where he chaired the Agriculture Committee and later served as House Majority Leader. He holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in engineering, public policy and management.


Event overview

A welcome reception and registration kicks off the day at 9 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m. Come anytime. Plus, choose one of three optional field trips -- Q&A session, barn tour, guided walk -- that follow the program. (Learn more below.) All events are free and open to the public.


Field trips

After the morning's program, leave about 1 to 1-1/2 hours to join one of these optional field trips.

Q&A Session with John Piotti
Pull up a chair to ask your questions of American Farmland Trust's new president. Moderated by Stacy Gambrel, conservation project manager for the Conservancy.

Tour of the Historic Stone Barn -- FULL
Join property owners Brad Malt and Stanley Fry, as well as Michele Stahl of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, to learn more about the history of this iconic structure and the renovation plans.

Guided Hike on the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail
Next door is a beautiful trail, connecting downtown Peterborough to the summit of Pack Monadnock. Let Stewardship Manager Rick Brackett and Consulting Forester Swift Corwin, who designed the trail, introduce you to this great resource and some of the local natural history.