Conn. farmers, UConn fighting the good fight

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

In the spirit of spreading awareness for the importance of making good choices while purchasing food, a nutritional outreach program, one of many across Connecticut, is occurring through UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and UConn Extension.

Connecticut Agriculture Growth Gains National Attention

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

Connecticut may be the third smallest state in the nation, but it has a large agricultural presence – which led to the state being featured recently by the USDA on the federal agency’s website.

Prime Farmland Plots For Lease in East Haddam

May 10th, 2014 | By

Standard plots of 33’x33′ are available for $65 per year. Up to 10 plots (approx. acre) may be leased per farmer or group. Smaller plots are also available. The lease application will be available in mid-May. Plot location and quantity are based on a first come, first served paid application.

Wendell Berry: A Strong Voice For Local Farming and the Land

Apr 5th, 2014 | By
Wendell Berry speaks to an audience during a recent visit to New Haven. (photo: cjzurcher)

For six decades, writer Wendell Berry has spoken out in defense of local agriculture, rural communities, and the importance of caring for the land. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his Kentucky farm, his activism, and why he remains hopeful for the future.

Modern Farmer Earns Two National Magazine Award Nominations

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

Modern Farmer, a quarterly introduced last March to cover both farmers and the farm-to-table movement, has picked up two National Magazine Award nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors, one for general excellence among special-interest magazines and one in the magazine section category for its “Modern Farmer Handbook.”

Future of Historic Branford Farm In Jeopardy

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

The fifth generation of Medlyn farmers may need to choose another career path other than farming, as their family’s 133-year old farm may not be around to survive another season.

Rocky Hill Farmers Have An Opportunity To Think About

Jun 5th, 2013 | By
Fair Weather Acres, Rocky HIll (facebook)

Farmers can retain ownership of farms but get aid from town and state to keep farms agricultural in future.

Northford farm using new tilling method

May 30th, 2013 | By

Growing restrictions put on fields in watershed areas made them less attractive to farmers. Due to restrictions, Erin O’Hare, Wallingford’s environmental planner said, the town had trouble leasing them. The town researched zone tillage and decided to make exceptions for the method on certain fields. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Andrew Ragali, of the Meriden Record-Journal via The AP and

Farm boom is great, if we can keep enough land in agriculture

Sep 5th, 2012 | By

In Rocky Hill, a developer has proposed a 35-lot subdivision on what was a family farm. At the same time, the town council has put a referendum question on the November ballot that would allow officials to borrow up to $10 million to acquire open space and preserve farmland.

The Rise of ‘Phoenix Pharm’ in New Haven | Melissa Waldron, via LCI

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

To the average observer, the site in the photo might look like an uninhabitable, barren moon-scape vacant lot but to us at New Haven Farms, it’s a gorgeous, mouth-watering, hunka-hunka piece o’ land that is due to become the next New Haven Farms site! Melissa Waldron reports for New Haven’s Liveable Cities Initiative.

Organic farmers hope for boost with rivals’ labels

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Robert Burns, an organic farmer in eastern Connecticut, is candid in describing his business interest in state legislation requiring that genetically modified food be labeled. “If you’re an organic producer now, you should get ready for an increase in sales,” said the grower of lettuce, mung beans, red winter wheat berries and other vegetables. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from Stephen Singer of The Associated Press in Hartford, Conn.

CT Agriculture Commissioner Announces New Farmland Restoration Program

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky has announced that the State Bond Commission approved $5,000,000 in funding on Monday for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s new Farmland Restoration Program. Authorized by Public Act 11-1, this voluntary program provides matching grants of up to $20,000 for restoration activities that increase the state’s farmland resource base for agriculture, with an emphasis on prime and important farmland soils and on human and livestock food production. It is expected that the program will be able to work with over 250 farms. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Legislators Call For Creation Of Agricultural Committee

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

Two north central Connecticut legislators are pushing for the creation of a select committee that would focus solely on agricultural issues — an area that they say deserves heightened awareness right now. The Hartford Courant reports.

Sullivan family proud to preserve farm

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By

A dean of New Milford’s farmers and his wife, Beth, 88, to whom he has been married 65 years, still live in the home they built in 1953 alongside the original farm homestead that dates back to the 1840s.Nanci G. Hutson of the Danbury News-Times reports.

260-acre Tulmeadow Farm in Simsbury protected

Dec 27th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the U.S. Forest Service, the Simsbury Land Trust (SLT) and Town of Simsbury have announced completion of a Forest Legacy Conservation Easement on 73-acres of Tulmeadow Farm, Simsbury. The easement, acquired for $2.8 million, is the final phase of an effort to protect 260 acres of

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New and transitioning organic farming conference Jan. 28, Middletown, CT

Dec 20th, 2011 | By

Register today for our Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference to be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the CT Forests and Parks Association in Middletown, CT. The Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference draws both beginning farmers who choose to farm organically and established farmers who are converting their operations to organic.

164 Acres Of Suffield Farmland Preserved

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By

The town and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture have purchased development rights for 164 acres of farmland, preserving two adjoining properties on Phelps and Quarry Roads.

Connecticut Farmland Trust seeks national accreditation

Nov 10th, 2011 | By

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is now accepting public comment on the Connecticut Farmland Trust’s (CFT) application for Accreditation. With an office in Hartford, CFT is Connecticut’s only statewide land trust and the only land trust dedicated to the protection of agricultural lands.

Competition grows for year-round farmers’ market in Shelton

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

There’s a plan in the works for a year-round farmers’ market in downtown Shelton. Question is: Who will run it?

Fresh produce, straight from the factory

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By

The first thing to know is that this is real. Turning abandoned factories into indoor farms is not only feasible, but already getting started around the world. And it could happen here.