Conservation Project Summary
Huckins Farm is a family-owned, 200+ year-old, Grade A Dairy Farm whose mission is “to provide wholesome, nutritious products for you and your loved ones while promoting education through workshops and classes as we work together to cultivate a more healthy, sustainable, and loving world.” LRCT and Huckins Farm have now completed an agricultural land easement that permanently protects approximately 128 acres of the farm’s productive and scenic farmland and forests. LRCT is proud to have worked with Huckins Farm to conserve its magnificent landscape and the play a role in securing the farm’s future.
The Huckins Farm property includes agricultural soils of local and state importance and highly ranked wildlife habitat. The agricultural land easement allows the land to be used for agricultural and forestry activities but not subdivided or developed, thus protecting the land’s natural values and ensuring that it remains available for farming far into the future. As easement holder, LRCT is responsible for regularly monitoring the property and working with the landowner to ensure that the easement terms are satisfied.
Funding for the easement project was provided by significant grants and gifts from private sources. In particular, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) provided a $236,500 grant, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Land Easement Program provided a grant of $254,000 for the project. In addition, the project received generous support from the NH Farm Future Fund, the Town of New Hampton, and approximately 100 families and individuals from around the Lakes Region and beyond.
“The family and staff of Huckins Farm are so grateful and honored to see the support of the community to make a permanent easement for this 200+ year-old farm possible. We are all overjoyed to know that the farm will continue into perpetuity, that this land will be set aside to nourish its neighbors, to provide open spaces for all to enjoy its beauty and wildlife, and to always remember those who have farmed the land from its beginning until now.” – Matty Huckins, Farm manager and owner.
“LRCT is extraordinarily grateful to Matty Huckins and her family for their commitment to conserving the farm property and for working with LRCT to fulfill the family’s conservation vision.” – Don Berry, LRCT President. LRCT is also grateful for the strong support for the project from LCHIP, NRCS, and the other organizations, families, and individuals that helped to ensure the project’s success.
The Huckins Farm easement is LRCT’s seventh farmland conservation project. LRCT looks forward to completing additional farmland protection projects in the coming years.
If this farmland conservation project inspires you, please support the conservation of other Lakes Region farms by donating to the Lakes Region Farmland Protection Fund.