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.
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.