Bridgewater’s Jon Martin, and the entire Martin Family, were recognized by the NH Tree Farm Committee as the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year in 2020. As you might imagine, Jon, who is a licensed forester, and his family have plenty of work to do on their 248± acre working forest and farm property.
Although busy with work, family, and volunteer commitments, Jon spends 200-300+ hours a year working on his Tree Farm. When he finds some free time, you might find Jon releasing promising young trees with his chainsaw, dealing with invasive plants, mowing permanent openings for wildlife, building trails with his excavator, or hiking or skiing on the property with his family. In addition, the Martins raise a flock of Icelandic sheep, as well as pigs and chickens. A 15-acre sugar bush and sap house are planned. In addition, Jon harvested almost all the wood needed to build the family’s home from the property and had it locally milled and kiln dried.
The Martin Family embodies the spirit of what it means to be “Tree Farmers.” Watch the video below to learn more about what makes their property so special. If you are interested in learning more about the NH Tree Farm Program, contact your county forester today!