Photo courtesy of Hancock Family Farm

Regional Food System Work

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is committed to farm viability...

Our service area boasts some of the most productive and fertile agricultural soils in the northeast, and yet many of our area farms face challenges. USVLT is concerned about our regional food system as a whole, and we know that conservation of agricultural land is only one component of a healthy agricultural system. In addition to permanently protecting our valley’s precious agricultural lands, we want to increase the size and resiliency of local markets, support beginning farmers, and increase collaboration within our local food system. In so doing, we join other statewide and regional organizations, such as UNH's Sustainability Institute and Food Solutions New England. These groups assert that New England has the potential to produce more than 50% of its food by 2060, and that such a regional transformation would come with significant economic, health, and environmental benefits. We agree.

To check out our 2016 "Local Food System Evaluation" report, click here.

In the 21 years since its founding, USVLT has worked with farmers across our service area on thirteen agricultural easement projects. These properties all have active or historic farmland and these easements now protect hundreds of acres of prime agricultural soils.

  1. Albany Town Forest (Historic Homestead Farm)
  2. Chamberlain Farm
  3. Earle Family Farm
  4. Hatches Orchard
  5. Hayes Farm
  6. Hussey Farmland
  7. Uplands Apple Farm
  8. Kennett Farmland
  9. Lucy Brook Farm
  10. Lucy Family Farm
  11. Old Blake Farm
  12. Old Pinkham Farm
  13. Weston's Farm

 

Mount Washington Valley Eaters & Growers (MWVEG)

USVLT is a founding member and supporter of MWVEG, an organization of farmers and food advocates who are working together on local food issues. MWVEG's mission is to strengthen the regional food system through communication, collaboration, and cooperation among our farms and our community. USVLT initially helped MWVEG get off the ground by hosting community forums and listening sessions. In 2020, they launched an interactive website to make it easy to source local food, year-round. You can find it here. MWVEG publishes an annual guide to help residents and visitors learn where to access local foods in the Mount Washington Valley:

2021 Farm Booklet: Local Farm Guide

2020 Farm Booklet: Local Farm Guide

2019 Farm Booklet: Local Farm Guide

2018 CSA Directory: A Listing of Community Supported Agriculture Options in the MWV

2018 Guide to Local NH Farms & Food: The Farms of Carroll County