Sustainability Efforts

The High Mowing community is dedicated to sustainable practices of agriculture, energy use, and land use.

biomass heating

This central heating system can be powered by wood pellets, wood chips, liquid natural gas, or propane. Which fuel is used depends on the market price and efficiency of the fuels. The plant heats almost the entire campus. The plant was built Xylogen LLC, which is a partnership of two companies specializing in sustainable energy sources. One of the companies is Froling Energy, founded in 2002 by HMS alumnus Mark FROLING '86.

The Kitchen

Scraps from the High Mowing Kitchen and Dining Room are composted rather than thrown in the trash. Every day after lunch students in the Horticulture program take the compost bins down to the compost heaps by the greenhouses. Not only do the students see firsthand the day's waste, but they play an active role in recycling the waste and spreading the compost on the crops they help plant--and ultimately they see the products of their stewardship back onto their plates in the Dining Room.

Evan Field, HMS Head Chef and Culinary Arts teacher, buys most of our food from local, organic sources. Much of High Mowing's food comes from Black River produce, and thousands of pounds of produce comes from the closest source possible: the High Mowing gardens.

Conserved Land

High Mowing owns 150 acres of conserved land. By conserving this land atop Abbot Hill, High Mowing became the steward of considerable natural resources. We are dedicated to preserving these resources and using them in responsible, renewable ways.

Protecting Water Sources
Our conserved land abuts 800+ feet of the Souhegan River. This segment of frontage was one of the few remaning in the region that wasn't protected in some way. By conserving the land we protect the purity of the river, and therefore the watershed.

The conserved land encompasses four of Wilton's seven Well-Head Protection Areas, which are areas that surround aquifer access points. By conserving this land and ensuring that it will never be developed we also ensure that the town's water sources will remain clean and unpoluted.

Preserving Farmlands
The terms of the easements on High Mowing land allow for, and indeed encourage, sustainable agriculture practices. Students in our Horticulture program actively farms the land. High Mowing also has a lease with the Temple-Wilton Community Farm, the longest-operating CSA in the country, which gives use of some of the farmland and pasture to them. The biodynamic principles used by the CSA and the HMS Horticulture program are not only sustainable, they are in fact regenerative practices.

Promoting Sustainable Forestry
High Mowing only uses sustainble forest practices when managing our land. These practices encourage healthier forest growth and better habitat conditions in the long term.

land stewardship fund

The Land Stewardship Fund, established by a generous lead gift from HMS alumna Anne HARRISON Husted '66, supports the efforts of the Land Stewardship Committee (LSC), which is a Board committee dedicated to meeting the terms of the conservation easements on HMS land, promoting sustainable agricultural and forestry initiatives, and involving the community with the public access land.

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High Mowing School

222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton NH 03086
(603) 654-2391 phone     (603) 654-6588 fax

Founded in 1942, HMS is an accredited Waldorf co-educational high school serving day and boarding students in Wilton, NH. High Mowing merged with Pine Hill Waldorf School in 2017, creating an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school—a place to grow intellectually, artistically, and socially while living and learning with students from across town and around the world. Accredited by NEASC and AWSNA (high school current; lower school in process).