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Farmland for a Family Business

Food for a dairy herd, a promise for future generationsPhoto of cornfield by Stacy Gambrel

Rows and rows of corn run down to the Ashuelot River. It’s a sea of green, tucked behind a neighborhood and industrial park just off Route 10 in Swanzey, N.H. You would never know that such a peaceful and beautiful spot exists here. Not that long ago the Adams family wasn’t sure if they were going to be able to pass down the 66-acre property to the next generation.

The Adamses grow corn and hay on the Swanzey property to feed their dairy herd at the main farm, Windyhurst, in Westmoreland, N.H. (The dairy barn at the main farm is across the road from another business the family owns: Stuart & John’s Sugar House Restaurant.)

“As dairy farmers, we take our responsibility for using our farmland for the present and preserving it for the future very seriously. Like many here in New Hampshire, we are a multi-generational, family-owned and operated dairy farm,” Stuart Adams said.

Now that Stuart and his wife, Robyne, and his parents, Roger and Ellie, have voluntarily agreed to a conservation easement on this property, keeping the farm a family business is more likely. The sons and daughters will have a chance to be a part of the future of agriculture in this beautiful state.

Thank you

Funding support for this conservation easement project came from Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), USDA’s Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program, 1772 Foundation, Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, and an anonymous donor.