Supervisors and Staff

Hillsborough County Conservation District Board of Supervisors:

John A. Parker, Acting Chair (Merrimack)
Christopher Connolly, Secretary/Treasurer (Temple)
Charles Hardy, Supervisor (Hollis)
Roger Noonan, Supervisor (New Boston)
Ian McSweeney, Associate Supervisor (Weare)

Hillsborough County Conservation District Staff:
Kerry Rickrode, District Manager (Nashua)

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Staff:
Chad Cochrane, District Conservationist
Heather Foley, Soil Conservationist
Catherine Magee, Soil Conservationist

The Board of Supervisors meet the last Wednesday of each month at the District office. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM throughout the year and are open to the public. For more information, contact us.

Interested in Becoming an Associate Supervisor?
HCCD is currently inviting all interested parties to apply to become an Associate Supervisor. Associate Supervisors serve the District on a voluntary basis and are welcome to attend and contribute to our monthly Board Meetings and represent the District at various local and regional events and meetings. Please call (603) 673-2409 or email us if you are interested in learning more or would like to join the team.



Christopher W. Connolly

Chris is one of many partners of Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm, LLC, located in Temple, NH.  The operation is a diversified dairy farm with 100 heads of registered dairy cattle.  The farm processes a portion of its milk into fluid bottled milk, produces ice cream, and also sells compost and hay through both the wholesale and retail sectors.  The farm manages 250 acres of hay and corn land.  The family farm is also a certified Tree Farm and licensed hunting preserve.  I am a former member of the Temple Planning Board from 1994-2000, Chairman from 10998-2000, a Board Member for United Cooperative Farmers in Fitchburg, MA from 1997-present.  Beginning in 2000 to present, I hold the secretary position on that Board. 


Charles "Chip" Hardy

Charles "Chip" Hardy has been employed by Brookdale Fruit Farm, Inc. for over thirty years. Brookdale Fruit Farm is a family-operated farm by the Hardy and Whittemore families since 1847. There are currently fifth and sixth generations actively managing the farming operation and the seventh generation will soon be participating. Chip is a Vice-President, and his responsibilities include planting, spraying, irrigating and wholesale marketing of crops produced of approximately 450 acres which consist of a certified tree farm, apple orchards, small fruits and vegetables.

Chip has been a member of HCCD since 1985. He has been treasurer of HCCD since 1990. He has also been a participant of the NH Vegetable and Berry Growers since 1985, and is currently acting Secretary/Treasurer. Chip is also a member of the NH Fruit Growers since 1975. Brookdale Fruit Farm was chosen in the year 2000 as one of the top five farms in the United States for Environmental Stewardship and Conservation Practices and was awarded the "Earth Agriculture Partnership Award"


John A. Parker

Jack was raised on an apple farm in Lyndeborough where he worked for the family business for thirty years until it was sold. He then worked in construction operating cranes for the past thirty years and now is retired.


Roger Noonan

Roger Noonan is an organic farmer in New Boston, NH. Middle Branch Farm is a diversified family farm with operations ranging from maple syrup production, greenhouse production, organic vegetable production, organic hay and forage crop production, livestock production and on-farm composting. Roger is responsible for business planning, marketing, sales, and distribution for all operations. Membership in the CSA at Middle Branch Farm exceeded 450 members in 2011.

Roger is also active in New Hampshire’s agricultural community. He is a founding board member of Local Harvest CSA, a co-operative of eight organic farms. He is a supervisor for the Hillsborough County Conservation District and a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee for NH Farm Bureau. He was recently nominated by Governor Lynch to serve as the Agricultural Representative on the NH Rivers Management Advisory Council. Roger has used various USDA programs to develop his farm including Environmental Quality Incentive Program, financing through Farm Services Agency, Rural Development grants and Farmer and Rancher Protection Program to protect some of his farmland.

As a certified organic producer, Roger has experience with the national organic standards program, understands the issues and barriers to certification for transitioning farmers, and has worked at the local level to mitigate the impact of genetically modified organisms on organic agriculture.

Ian McSweeney

Ian McSweeney is a leader in the farmland conservation movement in NH.  He is the Director of the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation ( The Foundation is based in New Boston, NH and is focused on assisting landowners and farners through a customized approach to permanent protection of the land and the important farmland soils, secure access and tenure to farmland for farms and farm viability that focuses on sustainable holistic food production.

Mr. McSweeney is involved with and has worked with many individuals and organizations on the local, state regional and national level; including: farmers and farmland owners, town zoning, conservation, planning and agricultural boards and commissions, County Conservation Districts, Regional Planning Commissions, University of NH Extension Coverts program, and USDA NRCS.  Ian is an active member of the Board of Trustees of High Mowing School ( and the NH Farm Network ( and an Advisory Board member to Brookford Farm ( and Temple-Wilton Community Farm (  Ian also participates in many farmland conservation, farmland access and farm and food system initiatives and is a consultant to several national farmland conservation, farmland investment and organic food systems organizations. Ian and his wife, Liz, protected their own property with a conservation easement through USDA/NRCS, actively manage their forest as a Certified Tree Farm, lease their farmland out to a Certified Natural vegetable grower, keep bees, and spend as much time as possible with their two young boys enjoying agrarian landscapes, consuming local food and traveling.  



Kerry Rickrode

Kerry Rickrode has worked as District Manager for the Hillsborough County Conservation District since April 2003. A native of Hillsborough County, Kerry grew up in Nashua with her parents and younger sister.  She attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  Before joining the Conservation District, Kerry served as Marketing Coordinator for Imark Communications, Natick, MA and then as Marketing Assistant for Integrated Labeling Systems, Nashua.  Kerry currently makes her home in Nashua with her husband Sean, two daughters Audrey (8) and Clara (5), and her first baby, welsh terrier, Toby.


Heather Foley

Heather Foley is a Soil Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  She has worked in the Hillsborough County Field Office since May of 2010.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation in 2008. Since then, she has worked for NRCS in Maryland and in two different counties in New Hampshire.  Besides working for NRCS, Heather also enjoys hiking, cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Bindi.