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Letter: Northwood treasure in jeopardy

We enjoyed the recent article by Paul Doscher on the comeback of local farming in New Hampshire (Monitor Forum, July 2).

He writes: “The tide of prime farm land conversion has been receding, and recently more has been protected for farming than has been lost to development.”

That’s really good news. But here in Northwood, a beautiful stretch of farmland and wetland located just east of Johnson’s Dairy Bar on busy Route 4 is for sale, as a commercial property.

It’s called Johnson’s Field, after the family that has owned it since 1900, and it’s a treasure. Much of this land is rich, well-drained farmland soil. It should be growing corn and other vegetables, or alphalfa.

It’s been farmed continuously for almost 200 years, more than that if you count the first settler on a part of it.

The memorable view of Johnson’s Field with the old iron gated cemetery behind it and the houses of Northwood Narrows in back, is enjoyed by all who travel Route 4 between Concord and the Seacoast.

In surveys, Northwood residents have said it’s their favorite spot in our beautiful, historic town. But unless we find a way to preserve it soon, it will be lost forever. A small group of us are trying to save it. We hope people will join us, and soon.

JOANN W. BAILEY and VICTORIA PARMELE

Northwood

Anyone who passes this farm appreciates its value as open space and a break from the near continuous commercialism along Route 4. I venture that a local fund raising effort to keep this farm green would enjoy widespread support.

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