Fresh Start Farms Mourns the Death of Landowner James Stone

It is with great sadness that ORIS and Fresh Start Farms announce the passing of landowner James Frederick Stone of Dunbarton, NH (See Obituary, below). Farmers and staff will always be grateful for his support of the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, through the use of his land at 5 Story Hill Rd in Dunbarton. He always gave generously of his time and energy at the farm, and was a pleasure to work with. Jim, you will be greatly missed.

Fresh Start Farms celebrate the harvest with landowners Judy Stone, Jim Stone, and Martha Hammond, 2011.

Fresh Start Farms celebrate the harvest with landowners Judy Stone, Jim Stone, and Martha Hammond, 2011.

James Stone’s Obituary by the Concord Monitor.
James Frederick Stone (1937-2013)
James Frederick Stone of Dunbarton passed away Sept. 12, 2013, of a heart attack, one day shy of his 76th birthday.
He was born in Manchester to Earle H. and Mary Ireland Stone. He graduated from Concord High School in 1954 and the University of New Hampshire in 1958, where he was a brother at Alpha Gamma Rho. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
A lifelong resident of Dunbarton, he continued the family tradition of farming, tilling the same soil his ancestors cleared in the late 1700s. Jim transformed the small family farm into a modern dairy herd of more than 150 cattle. His habit of working most every waking moment did not stop when he sold his cows in 2006. He then split his time between logging operations on the farm and volunteer work around Dunbarton, including the Dunbarton Conservation Commission; he was on the Mission Committee of the First Congregational Church of Dunbarton.

When not working, he enjoyed occasional trips, flower gardening and time spent with family. He was so happy to be a grandfather. It had been many years since a grandfather was on the Stone Farm. He loved playing their “get the hat” game, giving tractor rides, going on hikes and many other activities. They will miss him dearly but are better having known him for a short time than not at all. He was one to always help whenever and where ever help was needed. He was loved by many and loved many. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and always looked for the good.
Members of his surviving family include his wife, Judy (Taylor), of 47 years; his sister Marion and her husband, Vern MacNeill, brother-in-law Fred and Doris Taylor; son Andy and his wife, Amy; daughter Cindy (Stone) Pinard and her husband, Justin; grandchildren Abby, Sierra and Jamie Stone, and Jonah and Bridget Pinard. He also leaves many neices and nephews. He joins his infant grandson Graham Pinard in heaven.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held 2 pm Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Dunbarton Congregational Church, 6 Stark Highway North, Dunbarton, with a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dunbarton Conservation Commission 1011 School St. Dunbarton, NH 03046 or The Heifer Project International (
The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord is handling the arrangements.

Published in The Concord Monitor from September 15 to September 16, 2013


About Fresh Start Farms NH

Fresh Start Farms is a collective of refugee and immigrant farmers who are participating in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program. Our New American farmer entrepreneurs represent the Somali-Bantu, Bhutanese and Congolese communities, as well as other ethnic groups. These growers sell produce wholesale to restaurants, colleges and other organizations and businesses, at farmers’ markets and farm stands, and through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program (with pick up sites in the Greater Manchester and Greater Seacoast). Produce is grown with soil health, environmental well being, and consumer happiness in mind. Fresh Start Farms, located in Dunbarton & Bedford, New Hampshire, is a spray-free farm in which farmers use integrated pest management practices with culturally appropriate growing techniques. Fresh Start Farms is a project of the non-profit Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), located in Manchester, New Hampshire. 100% of the profits from the farm go back to the New American farm entrepreneurs.

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