GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Land Trust Board is delighted to announce that the fields abutting Route 107, with views to the northwest over Loon Pond, have been sold to Ryan and Alicia Smith of Hammer Down Farm in Gilmanton.
The fields are protected from development by a conservation easement held by Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a regional land trust based in Concord, which holds easements on several other properties in Gilmanton. The Smiths will use the fields for agricultural purposes, under the terms of the easement. They will also maintain the views, long enjoyed by travelers along 107 in accordance with an additional conservation easement held by the Gilmanton Conservation Commission for this limited purpose. Future plans include timber stand improvement on the wooded sections, including removal of invasive vegetation, and possible maple production.
The Smiths plan to use the fields for hay to feed their growing herd of beef cattle. Their farm, on Griffin Road, also produces eggs, rabbits and pigs for meat. One Jersey cow will provide milk for their growing family. Ryan Smith grew up in Gilmanton, close to his farm. He is familiar with the area and appreciates the special rural/agricultural character of the Town. Ryan, a skilled carpenter, and Alicia built their home and the farm buildings, thus the name Hammer Down Farm. Gilmanton Land Trust is proud to welcome them as partners in helping to save some of the Town's greatest views as well as its important agricultural resources.
Sale of the 107 fields is the final step in the Gilmanton Land Trust's Gilmanton's Greatest Views for Everyone Forever campaign, to conserve four tracts of agricultural land in town, including spectacular views from Frisky Hill, a parcel on Meetinghouse Road with extensive frontage on Meetinghouse Pond and a flax retting pond, (used to prepare flax for making linen in the early 19th century), and a field on Loon Pond Road. Gilmanton's Conservation Commission manages the tracts on Frisky Hill and Meetinghouse Road, which are owned by the Town subject to the conservation easement restrictions.
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