New Hampshire Food System Builders
Not long after Lebanon author Helen Brody and Cambridge, Mass., photographer Leslie Tuttle began to work on their new book about New Hampshire farm life , they discovered common threads among the women on the farms. All of the 20 women farmers featured in the book were different and from all over the state, but all of them had a deep passion for their work that carried them through the exhausting challenges of trying to make a living from the land while caring for their families.
“Assisting in putting this land into conservation helps to create approximately 460 contiguous acres of conserved land on Abbott Hill with tremendous benefits to wildlife and habitat protection, farmland soils, and wellhead protection for the town, in addition to managed public access for hiking, fishing and passive recreation.” – Wilton Selectman and State Representative Kermit Williams
Helen Brody (right) with Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture USDA, at an agricultural forum at Diamond Hill Farm, Concord, New Hampshire, earlier this summer. Harden expressed enthusiasm for Helen Brody and Leslie Tuttle’s book, New Hampshire Women Farmers: Pioneers of the Local Food Movement, coming out in September.
“The Wingate Farm project provides a wonderful example of a land trust’s commitment to true protection of a farm,” adds Ian McSweeney, Executive Director of the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, which partnered with Mount Grace to complete the project. “The joint efforts of the partners provided tools, resources and technical assistance to complete a conservation easement and an option to purchase at agricultural value, while offering farm business and management support and planning, legal and financial advice, and much more. The Pettingill family is now able to continue to own the land long into the future and Wingate Farm is able to once again prosper.”
Valley Farm Fresh is the region’s new buy local campaign, brought to you by Vital Communities on behalf of our local economy and farmers.
National Farmers Market Week is coming up August 2-8, 2015. In celebration, NH Farms Network is participating in the Farmers Market Coalition’s summer campaign: There’s More to Market! Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers. And don’t forget that New Hampshire is celebrating NH Eat Local Month throughout the month of August.