Protecting Farm Ecosystems
A collaboration between Xerces Society, USDA/NRCS through a Conservation Innovation Grant, NH Association of Conservation Districts and the Russell Foundation provided support to six organic farms in NH (Temple Wilton Community Farm, High Mowing School, Wingate Farm, ORIS – Story Hill Farm, Stonewall Farm, and Middle Branch Farm). The support created “whole farm ecological assessment” and then developed, designed and supported installation of organic whole farm pollinator and beneficial insect habitat. This individual assessment and installation of habitat has added diversity, vitality and sustainability to these farms’ ecosystems.
The Russell Foundation has completed conservation easements and ownership transfers with four of the farms and is working with the fifth.