eNews : November 2018
When Young Farmers Acquire More Farmland
Photo of Sarah Costa and Sam Canonica courtesy of Manning Hill Farm
More space to raise cows, tap maple trees

Sam Canonica and Sarah Costa run Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, N.H. They are known for their pasteurized whole milk available at stores around the region. They also offer grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and chicken, and eggs. Their home farm is 126 acres. Yet Sam and Sarah felt they had outgrown the space and wondered how to expand operations...

"The color ebbs, the leaves fall, and now November comes rustling down the valley, last summer's shade reduced to a brittle crispness underfoot."  - Hal Borland, "Twelve Moons of the Year"
Track the Seasons and Support Conservation
Photo of calendar cover by Jeffrey Newcomer
Proceeds from 12-month calendar go to Conservancy
The 2019 New England Reflections calendar ($15) features stunning photography by Jeffrey Newcomer. The 8½"x11" monthly wall calendar makes a great gift for yourself or family or friends. Ready to buy one now?Simply click the button below and ask Melissa Whittemore, office manager, to confirm your order or call her at 603-357-0600, ext. 101.

Golden Eagles Grace NH Skies 
Photo of golden eagle by Carlos Bustamante Restrepo
These endangered birds may be making a comeback

We are not alone in our love of wildlife and desire to save precious habitat. Our friends at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory track hawks, falcons, and eagles each fall. November is a great time to spot golden eagles. They are a rare sight in New Hampshire, but they do pass through the state on their annual migration.

Create Your Own Herbal Tinctures
Photo of tincture bottles courtesy of Luna's Herbal
Workshop focuses on native plants that heal

Brenna Morris of Luna's Herbal will introduce you to the medicinal properties of native plants and teach the basics of tincture making on Tuesday, December 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will take home a tincture to enjoy or give as a gift. Workshop held at Camp Glen Brook, 35 Glenbrook Road, Marlborough, N.H.; $25 for Conservancy members, $35 for non-members. (Fee covers materials.)

Photo of Ryan Owens by Alyssa Salerno
In this season of gratitude, I thank the farmers who toil all year long to support their families and provide fresh, whole food to the rest of us. And I thank landowners like Delorma Morton, who protected Solasz Farm, described above. By removing the possibility of new development, conservation reduces the price of land, making it more affordable to farmers like Sam and Sarah of Manning Hill Farm.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, filled with all the gifts of nature and a table laden with our region's bounty.

With gratitude,

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
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Photo credits: Charlie Massin, courtesy Manning Hill Farm, courtesy Jeffrey Newcomer, Flickr/Carlos Bustamante Restrepo, courtesy Luna's Herbal, and Alyssa Salerno
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