The City of Concord and the Five Rivers Conservation Trust have spearheaded a project that will add 24 acres to the Dimond Hill Farm. The Triacca family, owners of adjacent land, have agreed to a conservation easement on the property valued at $300,000, most of the cost of which has been raised from the City Conservation Commission ($127,000) and a National Resources Conservation Grant ($111,000).
The Triaccas have also agreed to re-combine the remaining land with Dimond Hill. Five Rivers’ goal is to raise the final $62,000 to complete the project. The Russell Foundation has offered a matching challenge grant of $25,000 and Five Rivers is now past the halfway point of achieving that goal.
“The addition of the Triacca Farm’s 24 acres,” says Jay Haines, Five Rivers Executive Director, ”is yet another step to anchoring a major source of locally grown food less than six miles from the State House and to ensure the farm’s future success.”
Dimond Hill Farm dates back to the 1700’s and has been in one family for six generations. Its 109 acres in the heart of Concord were put into permanent agricultural easement in 2002. Farm manager Jane Presby currently leases and farms a portion of the 24 Triacca acres, most recently for sweet corn. Originally, the Triacca land was part of the Dimond Hill property but in the early 1930’s, Newton Abbott, owner of Dimond Hill, sold the land to one of his farm employees, and the Triacca family has kept its land in cultivation for the past eight decades.
People interested in contributing to this conservation effort can pledge online at www.5rct.org or mail their contribution payments to: Five Rivers Conservation Trust, 31 Warren Street, Concord, NH 03301.
About Five Rivers Conservation Trust
Five Rivers Conservation Trust takes its name from the Blackwater, Contoocook, Merrimack, Soucook and Warner Rivers. Since its founding in 1988, Five Rivers Conservation Trust has protected 46 properties and more than 3,000 acres of open space land in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy. These land protection efforts benefit communities in the five watersheds by providing recreational opportunities, protecting farmland, maintaining clear water supplies, limiting sprawl and preserving biodiversity. In its work to protect land and maintain recreational opportunities, Five Rivers Conservation Trust partners with local conservation commissions in addition to municipal, state and national organizations.