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Nation's oldest family farm up for sale

DOVER, N.H., July 27 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire farmer said he is selling his property, the nation's oldest continually operating family farm, because of dwindling demand for his crops.

Will Tuttle, 63, of Dover, has worked since age 6 to make his living from farming his land, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

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The farm was founded by English settler John Tuttle, who came to the New World with a land grant from King Charles II, the Globe said.

Tuttle's landmark property has passed from father to son since 1632, the Globe said.

"This is a different business now. Farming at any level is a labor of love, but now the future is so uncertain. Looking forward, I don't see much opportunity for small farms to thrive. It's a tough grind," Tuttle said.

The 134-acre property, which has been put on the market for $3.35 million, has seen a slow encroachment by suburban homes. It is protected by a conservation restriction that bars it from being developed after it is sold, the newspaper said.

"We're not in a plaza, A lot of people won't drive a few extra miles for fresh vegetables. They are going to Wal-Mart and Target and trying to save whatever they can, and we don't have the buying power to compete," said Tuttle's wife, Michelle. "

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