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Keeping Fields Open for Family Farms

20 acres of rich soils now protectedPhoto of couple and farm by Stacy Gambrel

Ernie and Susan Vose have cared for the farm where they live in Walpole, N.H., for nearly half their lives. They raised their four children here. They put blood, sweat and tears into the land.

The 22-acre farm property on Wentworth Road is nestled between woods and rolling fields. Most of the land is open.

“I don’t want to see our field messed up with houses,” Ernie said. Ernie and Susan pursued their dream of conserving their land. They voluntarily agreed to a conservation easement with the Monadnock Conservancy, which ensures that the farmland and its rich soils will stay that way for future generations.

“We’ve maintained the farm and it is still operating. It probably won’t continue as a poultry farm forever, but these flat fields are excellent and they should be used as fields,” Ernie said.

“We’re also directly on top of an excellent aquifer here,” he said, “and that should be preserved.” The water from the underground aquifer and from Houghton Brook, which runs along the property, has provided them with more than enough to keep their operations up and running all these years.

Now another family in the future will have a beautiful place to raise their kids and earn a living by raising livestock or growing vegetables to provide healthy, local food for the community.

Thank you

The Conservancy would like to thank the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the USDA Agriculture Land Easement Program, C&S Wholesale Grocers and private anonymous donors for making this land easement possible.