The Messer Farm Project
This historic farmland has been worked by the Messer family for 159 years. Comprising 144 acres in total, 122 of which are sustainably managed forest and 22 in agricultural production, this land has been listed as high priority conservation land in New London's Master Plan since 1987.
These historic fields have been in agricultural production for row crops, hay, and livestock since the 1790s. The fields are currently leased by Spring Ledge Farm, which shares a property line with Messer fields. Spring Ledge is comprised of 53 acres already under conservation with Ausbon Sargent. Spring Ledge is dedicated to land conservation, sustainable local food production, and providing employment to the surrounding communities.
Overlooking scenic views of Mt. Kearsarge and adjacent to the 19th century village of the New London Historical Society and the Moses Adams field, this property contains the headwaters of White Brook, which feeds into Pleasant Lake. Messer Farm has an established network of trails for walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The preservation of this land will benefit the residents of New London and the surrounding communities for generations to come, through the support of our shared values of sustainable local agriculture, employment, and outdoor recreation. Spring Ledge Farm strongly supports this project and we hope you will join us by donating today.
Ausbon Sargent must raise 1.6 million for the purchase of Messer Farm by October 30, 2020 to protect pristine agricultural and forest land in the heart of New London. Please join us!
We invite you to read these articles published in the summer 2020 issue of Chatter to learn more about this important project.
Donate now and help us reach the goal of securing this exquisite land in the heart of New London for the benefit of future generations.