Our Story Hill

Our Story HillCreating a Farm Community on Story Hill Road in Dunbarton, NH
Promoting Land Tenure and Equity for New American Farmers

ORIS has operated and developed their NASAP (New American Sustainable Agricultural Program) since 2008, primarily through land based
training at Story Hill Farm in Dunbarton. Through this initiative these new American farmer entrepreneurs have been selling their produce as Fresh Start Farms NH at farmers’ markets, through community supported agriculture (CSA) and wholesale. After several years of operations, significant soil building, infrastructure development, and organizational growth, ORIS partnered with the Russell Foundation to raise the funds to purchase the 56 acre Story Hill Farm in Dunbarton.

The project has three phases: (1) 56 acre land purchase, (2) farm expansion and diversification, habitat enhancement, and housing development, (3) conservation of the land. The initial fundraising goal was solely tied to the first phase of land purchase. ORIS is now ready to begin fundraising for phases 2 and 3.

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The purchase of the 56 acre farm will achieve multiple benefits:
 The farm currently sustainably grows organic food on 7 acres of open farmland.  The successful completion of this project will allow for expansion, increasing active farmland production to almost 12 acres.
 The farm is partnered with USDA/NRCS and the Xerces Society. These partnerships are focused on ensuring and supporting Best Management Practices and organic standards, soil health, water quality and whole farm ecological health.
 The property is in the middle of 364 acres of conservation land. The successful completion of this project will bring the block of conservation land to over 400 acres.
 The project will create a self-sustaining model of successful farm and community incubation and long term viability. This new model accounts for secure land tenure and equity through permanent land ownership by ORIS and long term ground leases to New American farmers.
 The new model will have holistic land management collaborations and conservation, utilizing unique characteristics of the land itself to create an agrarian ecology that has the proper balance of human, natural, farm, and forest.

A fundraising campaign has catalyzed broad-based grass roots support, raised awareness, and secured foundation grants from NH Charitable Foundations and the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation. The campaign has brought in over 230 individual donations and received broad based interest from media outlets. Landowners, Judy Stone and Martha Hammond have also provided vision, support, donations, patience, and a bargain sale by donating significant property value. The Russell Foundation has also provided Project
Management, Planning, Fundraising and other project support. Presently ORIS is in final fundraising push to fully fund the purchase and the generous support from Hannaford will help achieve the funding goal enable the purchase of the Story Hill farm land.

The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success is grateful for the opportunity to secure land tenure for limited resource farmers who are bringing collective and unique agricultural knowledge and experience to Southern New Hampshire. Contact ORIS to find out how you can get involved as a donor, volunteer, or customer of Fresh Start Farms NH.

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