Current projects & stories

Nine Generations and Counting

Great Brook Farm field

60 more acres conserved

Another portion of Great Brook Farm, a more than 250-year-old former dairy farm in Walpole, N.H., has been conserved. The first parcel, 35 acres of land surrounding the historic farmhouse, was conserved in 2012. The farm has seen a lot of history, being owned by the same family since 1761.

It is important to Peter Graves, the ninth generation of his family to farm the property, that it remain farmland. During his younger years, before he switched to beef cattle, Peter hayed the newly conserved 60 acres, harvested corn in the fall, and raised heifers here. Preserving this part of the property also protects the sugar bush, which supports the farm's maple syrup operation. Today there are 1,000 maple taps, with plans to expand to 2,100 total, from which they expect to produce 400 gallons of maple syrup each spring.

Community support

Funding for this project was generously provided by the following funders: the USDA's Agricultural Land Easement program, the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Town of Walpole, and several anonymous donors. Thank you!