eNews : April 2017
Keeping Fields Open for Family Farms
Photo of farmers Ernie and Susan Vose by Stacy Gambrel
20 acres of rich soil protected

Ernie and Susan Vose have cared for the farm where they live in Walpole, N.H., for nearly half their lives. They raised their four children here. They put blood, sweat and tears into the land.
 
The 22-acre farm property on Wentworth Road is nestled between woods and rolling fields. Most of the land is open.
 
"I don't want to see our field messed up with houses," Ernie said. So ...

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer."  - Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
Shepherding Salamanders to Safety
Photo of a salamander by Brett Amy Thelen
You can make a big difference in the lives of little creatures
 
Every spring, hundreds of salamanders and other amphibians make their way to vernal pools to lay eggs. Sadly, many never get to their destination. That is why more and more people are helping these little guys cross roads  on warm, rainy nights. Conservancy land steward Kathy Schillemat writes about how you can help.

Finding Solid Ground after a Long Winter
seedling_sprout.jpg
Seeds disperse, settle down and germinate

Seeds are one of the most incredible  things  we  experience  on a day-to-day basis.  A seed's journey benefits from an amazing suite of strategies and design. In Susan Morse's beautiful essay, she  describes the many ways that seeds have adapted to use the wind, water and even animals to their advantage. 

Upcoming Event: "The Nest" at the Putnam
Photo of a bird on a nest by PBS
Thursday, April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials, and spring is prime time for nest building. Join us at the Putnam Theater at Keene State College for this hour-long PBS Nature  documentary on the art of the nest, which features several notable New England birds.

Photo of Ryan Owens
Seeing a tiny, green sprout peek out of a cracked seed, then growing to nearly 10 times its size in just a few days is an amazing thing. All you have to do is add water and these little seeds do the rest to create a complex root system and thrive.

That's why I think spring is such a miraculous time of year. In a matter of days you can go from having a bland landscape to new green growth sprouting up everywhere. What do you love about spring?

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
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