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Swain Family Farm Project

Sanbornton, NH

LRCT is working with the Swain family to conserve the 320-acre Swain Family Farm in Sanbornton through an agricultural land easement.

Drone view of Swain Family Farm

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. 

View of Swain Family Farm
Rock Arch on Swain Family Farm property
    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.

If you would like to contribute to the project, please click the “Donate Now” button below. Thank you!

Listen to: Good News Story of the Day on Lakes 101.5 (Swain Family Farm Project)
LCHIP Grant Awards Ceremony
Pictured L-R: Governor Sununu, LRCT Board Chair Rhys Bowen, Project Manager Anna Boudreau, LCHIP Executive Director Paula Bellemore, LRCT President Don Berry, LCHIP Board Chair Ben Wilcox at the 2023 LCHIP Award Ceremony
Photo courtesy of Joe Klementovitch