Branch Hill Farm
Contact: Jared Kane, Executive Director
307 Applebee Rd, Milton Mills, NH 03852
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submission Date: December 4, 2019
Branch Hill Farm Hires Jared Kane as New Executive Director
Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that Jared Kane of Milton Mills, NH has been hired as the new Executive Director. He started the job on November 4th.
“We are thrilled to have Jared Kane as our new Executive Director,” said Cynthia Wyatt, who is soon to retire as Branch Hill Farm (BHF) Managing Trustee, but will stay on as Chair of the BHF Board of Directors. “For the last two years, Jared has generously donated his time and expertise to teach our apple tree grafting workshops, which have been extremely popular. Last summer, when Jared presented his idea to plant a Heritage Orchard at Branch Hill Farm, I was very excited. The orchard would be a new direction for BHF while meshing superbly with our mission and educational outreach programs. Jared has all the values and qualifications to be an excellent Executive Director for Branch Hill Farm.”
Kane is a New Hampshire native, with a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire. Although his work experience is primarily in the tech field, he dedicates much of his free time to preserving and identifying antique apple varieties on ancient trees in our region. Since moving to Milton Mills in 2013, Kane has been building up a cider specific apple orchard and currently grows over eighty varieties. His natural hard cider has won international awards.
Kane also developed passions for conservation and outdoor recreation from a young age. He enjoys regular hunting and hiking trips in the Maine North Woods and has been fly fishing around the world. He lives in Milton Mills with his wife Ashley and baby daughter Kenna.
Kane is enthusiastic about his new position. “I’m beyond excited to have joined the team at Branch Hill Farm and to support the many great projects and efforts already in place. I look forward to learning from and collaborating with our partners to ensure the continued success of the Carl Siemon legacy in conservation, education, and community.”
He added, “The Heritage Orchard at Branch Hill Farm will be my keystone project. Not only will the orchard be a repository for long forgotten heritage apple varieties, local homestead apples in the Moose Mountains region, and new experimental wild stock, but we hope to lead by example in showing that holistic and sustainable practices can be utilized in an orchard setting.”
Kane concluded with an expression of appreciation for Cynthia Wyatt’s leadership at Branch Hill Farm. “For more than 25 years, Cynthia has been both an inspiration and constant in the community when it comes to conservation, stewardship, and sustainability. Her dedication to creating greenways, conserving important natural resource areas, and the education of future generations in our region through both BHF and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is unmatched. It is my hope that over the coming years we continue to advance all of the great things Cynthia has accomplished. It is a real privilege to partner with her as we move forward.”
Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices. For more information about the BHF mission, upcoming events and the Regional Heritage Orchard project, see www.branchillfarm.org.
My name is Paul Morrissette and my Beth and I own an old 60 acre farm on Oak Hill Road in Concord. It is the Ephraim Potter Farm (that has fields and a barn and farmhouse but is no longer farmed).
This historic farm was established in 1772 and brothers Ephraim and Richard (who had the farm down the road) were Revolutionary War Veterans under General Stark and Sullivan. It just so happens we have 3 or 4 ancient apple trees that still are alive and produce some fruit but they have gotten quite hollow with large bumps all over the trunks. These trees are much larger at the base then a foot and look to be well over 100 years old. There is also a rare variety of Chinese Chestnut Trees and we have about 6 of those or so. We had an arborist come by (we saw him on N.H. Crossroads and invited him here) and he was enthralled and told us that variety of chestnut is almost extinct…….we also have a couple of pear trees but I don’t think they are anything special…..the bottom line is that we would be happy to let you guys take grafts from any of our trees…preserving the varieties of any N.H. species is in everyone’s best interest and to see someone cares about that preservation is important to us..We look forward to hearing from you if you have interest….Sincerely, Paul Morrissette cell 603 731-0098