Preserving Horizons

With profound thanks to our alumni, parents, friends, neighbors, and our project partners, we gratefully announce the successful conclusion of the Frye Field Campaign! With your help, we have completed our $1.8 million campaign for the purchase 101 acres of pristine agricultural and forest land. Those 101 acres, plus 49 acres of High Mowing’s current land, have been placed under conservation easements, which will preserve and protect this land from development forever!

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But our work does not stop here.

With the purchase of this land comes the responsibility to steward these resources. Stewardship is not a passive role. Rather, it becomes our job to actively protect this land, meet the terms of the conservation easements, and cultivate that which we have preserved for future generations.

With a lead gift from alumna Anne "Patches" HARRISON Husted '66, High Mowing has established the Land Stewardship Fund to serve as a resource to fulfill our obligations as land stewards. It will support efforts to sustain the quality of the land, soil, and water resources, and enhance appreciation and understanding of forest, land management, and agricultural practices.

Thank you


This campaign brought together the High Mowing community like never before. More than 580 people donated over $435,000 towards the effort to preserve this special place. Together, we have protected a stunning local landscape, preserved soil, water, and soil resources, and allowed for untold education opportunities.

In addition to all those who donated to this campaign, we would like to extend our eternal thanks to:

Brad Miller, for his vision to secure this land and build a horticulture program at High Mowing;

High Mowing School Trustees (2012-'13, 2013-'14, 2014-'15), for their commitment to that vision and their support of the project;

Ian McSweeney, Executive Director of the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, for his tireless efforts on this project and for his dedication to preserving land across southern New Hampshire;

Barbara and Gordon Russell, whose foundation, the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, has made possible the conservation of over 8,200 acres of land in southern New Hampshire;

Yggdrasil Land Foundation, for their critical role in this project as the future holder of our easements, and for their progressive mission;

Noa HALL '61, for initiating, with a generous heart and a last wish, the alumni matching challenge that inspired supporters from all eras of High Mowing's history;

Anne "Patches" HARRISON Husted '66, David MOTCH '60, Diana MOTCH Dwight '62, Richard NEEL '57, Jim SCHMIDT '62, Doug SCHMIDT '61, Molly SYMONS '62, and David WHITE '62, for joining Noa to offer a combined $66,000 matching challenge to their fellow alumni;

Mary Graham, President of the High Mowing Board of Trustees, for giving to this cause so much time, even more energy, and a stunning painting;

Jeri WACHTER '82, for her tireless help during the Warrant Article 13 campaign;

Wilton Lyndeboro Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club, for their support of our effort to maintain public access to this beautiful land;

Our neighbors—Mike and Serafin Anderson, David and Beverly Gage, John GRIFFITH '67, Lincoln Geiger, Andrew Kennedy, Alexis PITTMAN '77, and others—for their support at committee meetings, public hearings, and Town Meeting, and for their overall enthusiasm and energy;

Joe Broyles, of the Wilton Conservation Commission, for presenting this project to Wilton residents at Town Meeting on March 13, 2014;

The Town of Wilton and its residents, for voting YES on Warrant Article 13, to appropriate $80,000 towards the funding of the conservation easements;

Jonah TOLCHIN '11, for his work putting together a concert to benefit the Frye Field project;

Seamus CONLEY '10, Danny ROAMAN '08, Shea VACCARO '10, Helen WRIGHT '08, and Marvin Etzioni, for performing alongside Jonah at the "Voices From the Hill" benefit concert;

High Mowing Faculty, under the leadership of Kathy Boss, for taking on the challenge of establishing this legacy at High Mowing School;

and Gary and Gail Frye, and their family, for being stewards of this beautiful land for seven generations, and for passing that legacy of stewardship to High Mowing School.

If you would like to speak with someone about giving, please contact Heather Carver, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at (603) 654-9408 ext. 135.

High Mowing School

222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton NH 03086
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Founded in 1942, HMS is an accredited Waldorf co-educational high school serving day and boarding students in Wilton, NH. High Mowing School is a place for young adults to grow intellectually, artistically, and socially while living and learning with students from across town and around the world.