A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this! We can all reap the benefits for years to come. – Lil
Farmland, fresh produce and local inspiration
A man’s love of the land helps keep young farmers in business
It could have ended up as a parking lot or a big box store – but instead, this rich farmland along the Cold River in Walpole will remain part of the area’s long agricultural history. Owner Perley Lund’s 9-acre field is a key parcel for John and Teresa Janiszyn, who rely entirely on a network of leased land to grow vegetables for their well-known farm stand, Pete’s Stand, on Route 12 in Walpole.
“So much farmland is being developed and paved over,” John said. “If we don’t all work together to do something about it, it’ll all be gone.”
The Monadnock Conservancy worked with Perley Lund to conserve his land with a conservation easement, which guarantees that the land will never be developed and can continue to be used for farming.
Perley’s love of the land and of farming is a big part of his motivation to protect his land. “People need to know where their food comes from, and to be able to enjoy fresh, local vegetables,” he said. Perley expressed relief and gratitude about being able to protect his land, which has been in the Lund family since the 1940s. “It’s just the right thing to do — for the land and for the community,” he remarked.
Many generous supporters helped to make Perley’s vision a reality, including the State of New Hampshire’s Moose Plate grant program, the 1772 Foundation, the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation.