New Hampshire Farm Future Fund

The mission of the NH Farm Future Fund is to provide funding for farm viability planning in concert with the conservation of important agricultural soils.

 

Funding available to NH Land Trusts for:

(1) Financial assistance to offset costs associated with farmland conservation projects

(2) Technical assistance to support farm business viability and succession planning

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This program will leverage the singular opportunity of putting a conservation easement on farmland to also invest in the future viability of the farm business. The goal of this fund is to ensure that farmland is conserved, productive, and available for future generations.​

 

The NH Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, requests proposals from land trusts who seek funding to work with NH farms to conserve their land and improve the viability of their farm business.

 

This is an integrated approach to funding farm viability, farmland conservation, and farmland access. Applicants should be committed to bringing together experts in land conservation, succession planning, and farm viability to advance the Farm Partner's stated business goals.

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The 2022 application cycle has closed.

Interested in Applying?

Before applying, please review the specific requirements of this grant opportunity laid out in detail in the RFP:

 

NHFFF 2022 RFP

Ready to Apply?

If you have reviewed the RFP and confirmed that you meet all of the eligibility requirements please complete the application:

 

NHFFF 2022 Application

 

All materials are due on February 15, 2022! 

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NHFFF Project Descriptions:

Since 2020, $190,000 has been distributed to 10 farms, in partnership with 8 NH Land Trusts conserving 991 acres, in 7 counties!

 

Clyde Farm, Farmington NH 

In 2020, Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT) purchased a permanent conservation easement on the 135-acre Carlsen Farm. In conjunction with SELT’s purchase, the owners of Clyde Farm LLC have negotiated a farm lease on the property with option to buy. Once conserved, their purchase would offer them their first chance at farm ownership. SELT will use $10,000 to cover transactional costs of the easement, while Clyde Farm will use $10,000 to complete an Enterprise Analysis for the new property, as well as obtain legal assistance to help navigate the easement negotiation and other business planning.

 

Huckins Farm, New Hampton NH

In 2021, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) will purchase a conservation easement on 132 acres of the Huckins Farm. The Huckins Farm is a small dairy operation that sells its milk, cheese and yogurt directly to the consumer through its farm stand as well as through retail stores state-wide. It will use NH Farm Future funds to develop business practices, conduct farm succession planning, and enhance its social media /web presence and marketing.

 

Maple Leaf Farm, Lyme NH 

In 2021, Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) will protect 42 acres of Maple Leaf Farm, an idyllic mix of farm and forestland situated along NH Rt. 10 in Lyme. A conservation easement, in the form of an NRCS ALE, will be purchased utilizing funds from UVLT’s NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NH Farm Future funds will aid in covering a portion of the costs for the project and will be utilized by the Farm Partner to seek project representation and business and transition planning support. 

 

Meadow’s Mirth Farm, Brentwood NH 

In 2021, Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT) will purchase a permanent conservation easement on a 33-acre property currently owned by Game Farm, LLC. In conjunction with SELT’s easement purchase, Game Farm, LLC has agreed to lease the farm to Meadow’s Mirth Farm. The lease agreement also gives Jennings an option-to-buy once the conservation easement is completed, offering Meadow’s Mirth its first chance at farm ownership after more than 15 years of operating on leased land. SELT will use $10,000 to cover transactional expenses of the easement, while Meadow’s Mirth Farm will use $10,000 for technical assistance.

 

Pete’s Stand, Walpole NH 

In 2021, the Monadnock Conservancy permanently protected this farmland by purchasing a conservation easement. This grant request seeks $10,000 to be used for technical assistance and $10,000 to be used to cover Conservancy costs related to the appraisal expense and the stewardship fund contribution. The technical assistance funds will likely be used to cover the farmer’s legal fees to review the conservation easement and transaction documents, to assist in implementing land lease related agreements, and to address other business related planning and implementation needs as available funding allows.

 

Picadilly Farm, Winchester NH 

In 2021, the Monadnock Conservancy permanently protected this farmland by purchasing a conservation easement. This grant request seeks $10,000 to be used for technical assistance and $10,000 to be used to cover Conservancy costs related to the initial appraisal expense, the survey expense and a portion of the stewardship fund contribution. The technical assistance funds will likely be used to cover the farmer’s legal fees to review the conservation easement and other transaction related documents, and to provide business finance and marketing assistance.  

 

Pletcher Farm (aka Vegetable Ranch), Warner NH 

In 2020, Five Rivers Conservation Trust purchased a conservation easement on Pletcher Farm. The easement will allow the farm to be split into two ownerships in the future. Technical assistance will be utilized to help Larry Pletcher develop a succession plan for the farm business and land. This will enable Larry and the next generation of farm stakeholders to consider creative ideas for future ownership and equity building. Land for Good will also provide accountability to Larry as he establishes a will.

 

Sherman Farm, Conway NH 

In 2020, the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT) purchased a conservation easement on Sherman Farm. The easement will preserve important natural resource values and forever protect the land for agriculture. The easement will protect over 160 acres of valuable farmland soils and almost 1,000 feet of frontage along the Saco River.  NHFF funds will be used to partially cover acquisition costs such as surveying, appraisal, legal review, title work, stewardship contribution and legal defense funds, environmental assessment, and baseline documentation. Technical assistance for the farm partners will be used for business viability planning and identifying new markets for local, farm-raised beef.

 

Tuckaway Farm, Lee NH 

In 2020, the Forest Society worked with the Cox family to buy a conservation easement on an adjacent 36-acre property which was purchased by Tuckaway Farm (Westwick Farming LLC) last spring. NH Farm Future funds will be used to help cover the transaction expenses and provided funding to the landowner to receive farm viability planning, land transfer planning and legal assistance.

 

Woods Farm, Bath NH 

In 2020, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust began the process of conserving a 311-acre beef farm through the purchase of a conservation easement. Technical assistance focused on current business viability (e.g. capital investments, soil fertility, marketing), identifying new business opportunities for the future, and how to create an easement that meets goals for both business viability and conservation. Grant dollars were also used for an appraisal of the land to determine which land is strategic fort conservation.

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Thank you to our Funders!

 

This grant opportunity would not be possible without the help of our generous funders.

 

The NH Farm Future Fund is a grant program that is privately funded and administered by the Cheshire County Conservation District on behalf of the NH Association of Conservation Districts.

 

Many thanks to our funders that make this program possible. The primary funder is the You Have Our Trust Fund of Fidelity Charitable

 

Additional funding provided by the Maddison Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Additional thanks to the Land Resources Action Team of the New Hampshire Food Alliance.

The NH Farm Future Fund grew out of the efforts of this Action Team.

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Donations to this program are accepted year round!

Click here to make a donation online 

Checks can be made payable to "NHFFF" 11 Industrial Park Drive Walpole, NH 03608"

 

Questions?

For further information or to discuss project proposals, please contact Amanda Littleton:

amanda@cheshireconservation.org  /  603-756-2988 x4