LRCT is working with the Swain family to conserve the 320-acre Swain Family Farm in Sanbornton through an agricultural land easement.
Conservation Project Summary
The Swain Family Farm is a landmark in Sanbornton that has been in continuous operation since the 1800’s and has been in the Swain Family since the mid 1940’s. The farm property encompasses pastures and hayfields, cropland, a maple sugaring operation, forested lands enjoyed by the public for hiking and hunting, and shoreline on Hunkins Pond where fishing by the public is a long-standing tradition. Travelers along Hunkins Pond Road and visitors to the farm enjoy spectacular views of the Lakes Region from the farm’s fields. LRCT’s acquisition of the agricultural land easement will protect 320 acres to help support the farm’s long-term viability, ensure that these lands remain available for productive agriculture and forestry, and permanently protect the land’s habitat, recreational, and scenic values.
Photos courtesy of Jerry Monkman
Funding for the Project
The total project budget is $1,050,000, which includes the purchase price of the agricultural land easement as well as all related project transaction costs. LRCT has already raised over 70% of this amount through extraordinarily generous grants of $485,000 from the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, $25,000 from the NH Moose Plate Program, and $250,000 from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). We’ll need to raise the remaining $290,000 by the anticipated closing date in late 2024. Please consider making a donation when we officially launch the land campaign this spring or feel free to make a donation today in order to conserve this amazing property.
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