Help Us Save Nashua’s Last Working Farm
The last working farm in Nashua, a beautiful apple orchard treasured by young and old for the simple pleasures it offers, is close to being permanently protected from development or subdivision.
The Forest Society is seeking the remaining funds needed to purchase and steward a conservation easement on 50 acres of the Sullivan Farm in partnership with the City of Nashua. Developers have already approached the landowner with offers to buy the land, but the landowner is seeking a conservation outcome for property that has been in agricultural use for generations. This easement will protect the wetlands and forests that provide a refuge for wildlife being hemmed in from all sides. It will also support the continued use of the land as a working farm offering apple picking, locally grown vegetables, eggs and perennials.
In fast-growing Nashua, the Sullivan Farm is the last remnant of agriculture and open land left to provide a local farm experience for visiting schoolchildren. The farm, which extends into Hollis, is less than 10 minutes from downtown Nashua (population 87,882), 25 minutes from markets in Manchester (population 109,565), and 46 miles from downtown Boston.
The easement will protect more than 500 feet of frontage on both sides of Lincoln Brook, which flows into the adjoining Howe Wildlife Sanctuary before entering the Nashua River. And it will preserve Coburn Pond and the scenic beauty enjoyed by drivers along Coburn Avenue and Howe Lane – such a refreshing break from the surrounding housing developments and shopping centers. Conserving the farm enlarges other conservation lands including two adjacent conservation areas in Hollis. The farm has a trail system that runs through the orchards. The easement will guarantee public pedestrian access to the trails.
Please consider providing a gift to help us bring this important project to a close. We have received grants from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the state’s Land and Community Heritage Program (LCHIP) and Conservation (“Moose Plate”) License Program, the Farm and Ranch Protection Program (FRPP), the 1772 Foundation and private donors. Now we are turning to Forest Society members and friends to raise the remaining funds we need to bring the project to a successful close this spring. Please send your support today – thank you!