GRANTED, Nashua isn’t the largest urban community, but when you can stop by and support a local farm, it’s always a good thing.

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Whether you’re picking apples, buying fresh produce or flowers, petting sheep and alpaca, or just enjoying the openness of green acre upon green acre, it’s a welcome respite from the daily grind of urban life.

For those who make a living from the farm, it isn’t always so simple in this day and age. American farmers not only hope to avoid heavy rains, flooding and all kinds of unpredictable weather, but, more recently, they’ve dealt with years of low prices and the ongoing trade war with China. Other farmers sell out to larger competitors because of thin profit margins, and some eventually go bankrupt.

Farmers, in general, haven’t been able to catch a break.

Closer to home, Sullivan Farm, located at 70 Coburn Ave. in Nashua, has a rich history as a working family operation since 1911. If you’re a resident of the Nashua area, you’ve probably stopped at this beautiful farm with the familiar red barn and silo, or perhaps have tasted their juicy peaches, apples and berries. And maybe you are aware of the farm’s longtime generosity.

The annual Apple Fest, held on the farm in early October, features hay and pony rides, face painting, apple pie and ice cream. The proceeds benefit our local Salvation Army chapter.

I swear that Sullivan’s has the most beautiful flowers, and my mom and I have purchased hundreds of bright, big geraniums over the years. The decent, hardworking folks always provide service with a smile.

Sullivan Farm has been a proud and loyal fixture in Nashua for more than 100 years. When big-time developers came knocking on the door to try to lure the owners into selling the picturesque 52-acre farm, landowner Kathy Williams resisted. That is not the legacy she wants to pass down.

Instead, the farm, in partnership with the city of Nashua, is on the homestretch of securing its place in the future with the purchase of a conservation easement on the property. The easement will ensure that Sullivan Farm’s heritage will remain intact.

”The easement will protect more than 500 feet of frontage on both sides of Lincoln Brook, which flows into the adjoining Howe Wildlife Sanctuary before entering the Nashua River. And it will preserve Coburn Pond and the scenic beauty enjoyed by drivers along Coburn Avenue and Howe Lane,” according to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

”The farm has a trail system that runs through the orchards. The easement will guarantee public pedestrian access to the trails.”

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has been raising funds to purchase the easement and all the other intricacies that go with conserving the parcel. Now the Forest Society really needs our help: The organization must raise the remaining $14,000 of its $1.4 million fundraising goal by Aug. 30.

For more information and to make a donation, visit the Forest Society’s website or call 224-9945.

Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at jtania512@gmail.com.