Increase Farmland Conservation & Access

Fresh Start Farm in Manchester, NH.

Conserving farmland is more important than ever. Farmers and farmland are under increasing pressure in New Hampshire; losing their farmland to permanent development, low farm incomes, and aging farmer populations. Farmers face barriers to business viability planning, market pressures (such as the decline in conventional dairy operations), and now new and uncertain challenges related to climate change. All of these factors contribute to loss of farmland as farmers go out of business. Conserving farmland ensures that our rural landscape is mitigating the effects of climate change and is available to farm for generations to come.

 

 

Collaborations

 

 

New Hampshire Farm Future Fund

The Farm Future Fund is a program that grew out of the work of the Land Resources Action Team. The program provides funding for land trusts and landowners to work together to conserve farmland, while investing in the future viability of the farm business. Learn MorE and get involved

 

Partners

 

 

Land for Food

 

 

community loan fund

 

 

Cheshire County Conservation District

Stories

Catch up with the NH Food Alliance's September 2021 Network Cafe
Watch the recording of the NH Food Alliance's September 2021 Network Cafe "Healthy Soils in NH: from Legislation to Community Action" Learn More
From policy to town planning and zoning, our May 2021 Network Cafe covers it all
Learn more about how your town can be a champion of local agriculture by establishing an agriculture commission during the NH Food Alliance's monthly ... Learn More
Part three of "Share Your Story" presentations featured at the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering
"Share Your Story, Part Three" focuses on the businesses and organizations with missions to improve food insecurity and food access across the Granite... Learn More

Data & Research

 

Securing & Stewarding New Hampshire’s Agricultural Land: A Ranked Matrix of Policy Approaches

This brief highlights a suite of policy approaches aimed at securing and stewarding the agricultural land base in New Hampshire. The NH Food Alliance Land Resources Action Team (LRAT) developed these approaches to guide their collective work. 
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Declining Trend in Agriculture

Farms in New England

Total Land in Agriculture