Agreement Reached to Conserve Creamery Brook Farm in Brentwood
Landmark farm to be conserved, sold to local farmer!
The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire announced it has reached an agreement with the owners of the Creamery Brook Farm to ensure its agricultural fields are forever conserved. Under the terms of the agreement, the Land Trust, in partnership with the Town of Brentwood, will acquire a conservation easement on the property’s 55 acres of fields, wetlands, and forest.
“This productive farm is a significant, scenic landscape in Brentwood,” explains Brian Hart, Executive Director of the Southeast Land Trust, a non-profit conservation organization based out of Exeter who negotiated the agreement with the family. “Under this agreement, the fields and forests will be conserved through a conservation easement and then the conserved land will be sold to a local farmer. It’s a win-win for the landowner, the community, the farmer, and lovers of local food.”
…Once the conservation easement is purchased by the Land Trust and Town, the now protected farm land and farm house would be sold by the Lyfords to farmers Kate and Jeff Donald. The Donalds currently operate Stout Oak Farm in Epping and have been active in the local food movement, volunteering and serving on the board of Seacoast Eat Local. This young farming couple is familiar with Brentwood, as Kate farmed for five years at Willow Pond Community Farm, a community-supported-agriculture (CSA) farm in the town.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity to be able to purchase a farm here on the Seacoast where we can put down roots, continue to grow vegetables for the local community, and invest in the long-term success of local agriculture,” explained Kate, who also thanked Brentwood’s residents for their continued support of local farms. To read more…
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