Shepard family's Long Meadow Farm in the Alford Valley
Shepard family’s Long Meadow Farm in the Alford Valley

Long Meadow Farm has belonged to the Shepard family for four generations, going on five.Today, Gary and Bobbie Shepard, and their daughter, Erin, operate a dairy farm. They have a herd of Holsteins and Jerseys, and fields of oats, hay and corn. In 2011, the farm was permanently preserved with an Agricultural Preservation Restriction. Alford Land Trust played a supporting role in the process and as a result 134 acres in the Alford Valley, including frontage on the Alford Brook, have been protected from future development.

The conservation of Long Meadow Farm is particularly significant because it is the third farm on West Road in the Alford Valley to be put under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction. North of Long Meadow Farm is Twin Oaks Farm, owned by the Wilcox family, and north of that is Scribner Brook Farm, operated by Morven Allen.

Long Meadow Farm oat field at Shepard farm on West Road
Long Meadow Farm oat field at Shepard farm on West Road