Emery Farm Seeks Next Generation Farmers - 68 Acres for lease - Durham, NH

Posted on September 7, 2021Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Property Location:

Emery Farm 147 Piscataqua Road Durham, New Hampshire 03820

Total number of acres available with this property:


Acres of cropland or tillable land:


Acres of pasture:


Acres of forested land:


Other open and/or non-farmable land:

90 acres in conservation easement.

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:


Easement details:

90 acres in traditional conservation easement

Is there a forest management plan for forestland on the available property?:


Is the property certified organic, or does it qualify for organic certification under federal organic regulations?:

Farm Information

Water sources present


Types of water sources present

Irrigation system

Water sources details

North of Route 4: Irrigation in fields 1, 2, & 11; and high tunnels. South of Route 4: Currently no irrigation available. Potential for a well to be dug.

Barns, sheds or other structures


Farm infrastructure details

5 High tunnels 2, 20’ x 100’ 1, 21’ x 50’ 2, 14’ x 50’ No electricity, no fans Roll up sides Doors Drip irrigation Cow barn 40’ x 80’ Electricity Water Wash station Opportunity to build cold storage in cow barn Opportunity to use for dry storage

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details


Equipment and machinery


Equipment and machinery details

For sale or rent: Tractors: John Deere 55 hp, and John Deere 30 hp, 8’ disc harrow 4’ rototiller plastic mulch layer 100 gal. boom sprayer
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

No possibility of ownership, looking for long-term lease
Additional Information


Located on a highly travelled road, seeing roughly 16,000 cars a day, Emery Farm is both a local and tourist destination. David HIlls and Catherine McLaughlin Hills, the tenth generation on the farm, have had a long standing (30+ years), positive relationship with the current farmer. The on-farm farmstand, which was started in 1983, has grown into a thriving business that sees over 45,000 customers per year. Holly Philbrick has owned and operated the Market & Cafe for the last five years, and has developed a strong local following. Holly looks forward to collaborating closely with farmers to bring as much local food into the Market & Cafe as possible. 

Vision: Emery Farm aspires to be a living example of regenerative agriculture that is seen as the go-to location for fresh food and community enrichment.

Mission: The Farm is a welcoming space that honors the heritage and stewardship of the land, and is committed to the preservation of agriculture to serve the community.

In the next five years Emery Farm will be known  as the community's welcoming neighborhood farm.


Community Connections

  • Goal: Create a warm, friendly, community experience where everyone can connect with local agriculture.

Market Development

  • Goal: Build a hub to provide marketing opportunities for local farmers and crafts people.

Next Generation Farmers

  • Goal: Explore the possibility of collaborating with UNH and others to become an educational farm for new and beginning farmers.

Regenerative Agriculture 

  • Goal: Implement organic production practices that advance regenerative agriculture.
  • Goal: Diversify crop varieties and quantities, and production practices including succession planting and season extension.

Organizational Structure & Communication

Emery Farm has adopted a collaborative governance model, which relies on clear understanding of individual roles and responsibilities, and how each person and part of the Farm organization are connected. This model of governance helps to build trust and a sense of community, and improve communication across the entire farm operation. To facilitate effective governance, all lessees and lessors are expected to participate in twice-monthly meetings.  

About the Seacoast New Hampshire


Experience and Skills
Emery Farm is looking for farmers:

  • With 5 years minimum experience with any one of the following: 
    • Row crop production
    • Livestock production 
    • Poultry production 
    • Fruit tree production
      • Experience with blueberries is a bonus, with the expectation of taking over blueberry production in 3-5 years 
  • experience with regenerative farming practices;
  • excellent communication, interpersonal, and listening skills;
  • highly collaborative team players who demonstrate a positive attitude and sense of humor; and
  • creative, holistic thinkers capable of working together to problem-solve and advance the vision, mission, and goals of Emery Farm.


Those interested in farming at Emery Farm should submit a cover letter and two-page business proposal to Jennifer Wilhelm at [email protected] by October 15, 2021. Please contact Jennifer with any questions.

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