Dimond Hill Farm, a landmark property on the outskirts of Concord, New Hampshire, stewarded by Equity Trust, has just grown its land base by almost 25%.
A working farm since the 1700s, Dimond Hill was protected in 2006, through a partnership among Equity Trust, the Trust for Public Lands, Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the NH Preservation Alliance, and the City of Concord. Under the ownership structure designed to permanently protect the farm and make it affordable for future farmers, Equity Trust owns title to the farm, the Conservation Trust and the Preservation Alliance both hold easements on the property, and the land is currently farmed by sixth generation farmer Jane Presby under a lifetime agreement.
In 2012, thanks to the leadership and fundraising of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, 24 adjacent acres of high quality farmland were acquired and protected with a conservation easement. Then in 2013, the property was transferred to Equity Trust and incorporated into the existing 108-acre property, restoring to the farm land that had been sold off back in the 1930s. The result is that more food will be produced for future generations and Dimond Hill Farm is a stronger, more productive and viable farm business.
We are very pleased that we have been able to help secure more land for the future.