A Feel Good Story – Beneficial to all

A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this!  We can all reap the benefits for years to come. – Lil

LundField_PhotoCredit_Stacy_Gambrel

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.”

JaniszynFamily_PhotoCredit_Bill_Sumner EasementClosing_PhotoCredit_JenniferZaso

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.

 

7 thoughts on “A Feel Good Story – Beneficial to all

  1. Pam 01/25/2016 at 1:33 PM Reply

    Truly a wonderful story of courage and hard work. I’m grateful for all involved. Pam Bernard, Walpole

  2. Pauline Barnes 01/25/2016 at 3:44 PM Reply

    Dear Mr. Perley,

    You have honored your family and enriched your community.

    Thank you.

    Paulin Barnes

  3. Mark Lightner 01/25/2016 at 5:44 PM Reply

    Great Story.

    It might be worthwhile to provide a way for Walpolean’s to say thank you to Mr. Lund if possible.

    Just a thought.

    Mark & Nancy

    Mark Lightner Arthur Murray Dance Studios markl@arthurmurrayboston.com W 617.426.3335 C 617.834.7256 F 801.684.5768 http://www.arthurmurrayboston.com

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    • Lil 01/25/2016 at 7:41 PM Reply

      Stacy at the Monadnock Conservancy is a subscriber to The Walpolean and hopefully, she will pass along these comments. I certainly hope he receives the credit he is due!

    • Stacy 01/26/2016 at 6:28 PM Reply

      Hello Mark and Lil, I would be happy to pass the comments onto Perley. That’s a wonderful idea – thank you! And thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement about the project!

  4. Donna Drouin 01/26/2016 at 11:42 AM Reply

    Thanks to all for sharing this. And good luck to the Janiszyns in their continuing farming in Walpole.

    Your neighbors, The Drouins

  5. cathy 01/27/2016 at 10:20 AM Reply

    What a selfless, rare, and beautiful act on Mr. Perley’s part! How wonderful would it be if the rest of the landowners in that area went that route instead of lining their pockets with cash and paving over prime farmland? Thank you Mr. Perley. Walpole is all the richer for your generosity. Cathy and Jeff White

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