Sun, Aug 21, 2011 - Page 11 News List

One of oldest US family farms unsold, but gets new farmers

By Kathy McCormack  /  AP, DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

“One of the unique things about this farm other than the history is that a 22,000-car-a-day road goes right through the middle of it,” Will Tuttle said. “Most farms — you’ve got to work to get there.”

The farm began in 1632 when John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement, using a small land grant by King Charles I to start his enterprise. The Tuttles’ grandfather, William Penn Tuttle, built the original 8 hectare parcel to about 81 hectares. Their father, Hugh Tuttle, was profiled in 1971 by Life magazine as the last of a dying breed of family farmers.

Two investors who’ve expressed interest in the land want to continue to keep an organic farm operation, the city’s economic development director Dan Barufaldi said. They also want to find someone who can manage a possible on-site restaurant in the barn, serving locally grown food and branding the Tuttle name on products such as tomato sauce made from the farm’s tomatoes and pesto from its basil.

“This is something that’s very important to the city of Dover, not only because it’s an icon,” Barufaldi said. “It is also going to add a tourism attraction, it’s going to be an educational attraction, it’s going to be a wonderful to have a source for locally grown organic vegetables.”

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