Will West Haven’s Land Trust reject Sandy Hook playground?

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

It could happen — but people on all sides are trying to work things out so it doesn’t.

Deal preserves federal funding for Connecticut farmland preservations

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and federal officials Wednesday announced an agreement that allows the state to access more than $8 million in federal funds for farmland preservation. The agreement also will increase flexibility in use of federal money through the state’s Farmland Preservation Program. The deal was jointly announced by Malloy, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

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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.

Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

A new report on sustainable agriculture policy recommends that New England build its own regional food system with locally-grown products.

Salisbury Farm Gets $10,000 Grant

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

Shady Maple Farm in Salisbury will share in a statewide $880,327 grant program that seeks to support farmers and expand Connecticut’s agricultural economy.

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.”

Young Farmers Build a Network to Grow Connecticut’s Farming Future

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
This committee planned the “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future.”

Getting the younger generation interested in farming is important for the future of American agriculture, and a recent event in Connecticut served as an education and network opportunity for beginning farmers.

The “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future” event held last month in East Windsor, Conn. attracted about 60 people to share resources and learn.

Let It Grow: Connecticut Leads Farm Growth In New England

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

Bucking a national trend and reversing decades of decline in the 20th century, the number of farms in Connecticut surged dramatically upward in recent years, most likely driven by growing consumer demand for fresh, locally grown food.

Council Approves Acquisition Of 37 Acres In Sandy Hook

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
The town has authorized the purchase of the large tract at the center-right of this aerial view which abuts open space at center-left that it already owns. (photo: Newtown GIS)

While the cost of the acquisition is $255,000, the town anticipates receiving a grant from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) that will offset about 60 percent of that purchase price.

Manchester Directors Back Farm Preservation Grant

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

The head of the local land trust, arguing for preserving a 62-acre farm at a board of directors’ meeting Wednesday, cited a report saying development in Manchester outpaced any other community in the state from 1985 to 2006.

New Fund at Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Preserves Open Space In Central Connecticut

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

The Berlin Land Trust, Inc. has established a new fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB), affording existing supporters, new donors, area citizens and conservationists alike with a convenient and easily accessible way to help preserve open space in Berlin and beyond.

4,200-acre land donation increases Southington’s open space

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

A Southington resident has donated a 4,200-square-foot lot off Belmont Avenue to the town, which town officials were happy to add to the open space roster.

An Effort To Save A Slice Of Coastal Forest

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

The Trust For Public Land is trying to raise $12 million through a combination of state and town funding, along with private donations, to purchase and preserve the land. The effort has been supported by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Connecticut Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. For more on this story, visit: Old

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Farm land preservation dispute to cost CT $3.8 million as blame game goes on

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
Fair Weather Acres, Rocky HIll (facebook)

State and federal agriculture officials agree that Connecticut’s farmland preservation program is in trouble and stands to lose millions in federal funding. What they disagree on is who is to blame.

Boucher: Protect Connecticut’s Open Space Permanently

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

An important bill to preserve lands under the control of the DEEP and the Department Of Agriculture will help protect Connecticut’s open space by permanently preserving state lands of high conservation value: Boucher.

Agriculture Census Report Says Connecticut Agriculture Leads New England in Growth Rate

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
Fair Weather Acres, Rocky HIll (facebook)

Connecticut’s Farmland Restoration Program was proposed by Gov. Malloy and established through legislation passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as part of the jobs initiative. It provides matching support to farmers to reclaim fallow farmland and bring it back into agricultural production.

Farm Bill Crosses the Finish Line

Feb 20th, 2014 | By
Ducks like this Northern Pintail will benefit from Conservation Reserve Program monies and other Farm Bill provisions. (photo by Dan Cox / USFWS)

Earlier this month, the Farm Bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the President. While the bill isn’t perfect, it does contains a number of victories for conservation that will yield significant benefits to birds and other wildlife. The biggest win is the inclusion of conservation compliance. This

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Bolinsky, CT Audubon Voice Support for Preserving CT Open Space

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

One of the key issues has been that when the state acquires conservation land, the land is not truly protected – the state, at its discretion, can sell or transfer or swap the land, or it can use it for something other than conservation. There have been at least three proposals in recent years to do just that. All three were beaten back but not without the expenditure of a lot of time and effort on the part conservationists.

Justin Elicker named executive director of the New Haven Land Trust

Feb 13th, 2014 | By
Justin Elicker (contributed)

Elicker has worked with the Yale Office of Sustainability and served as a sustainability consultant to numerous companies. He has a dual master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management. He will manage all aspects of the organization’s administration and programs and be charged with organizing and strengthening the Land Trust’s already robust network of volunteers in running programs, raising funds and increasing the visibility of the organization.

Six Danbury-Area Land Trusts Form the Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

The land trusts — Bethel Land Trust, Brookfield Open Space Legacy, The Land Trust of Danbury, New Fairfield Land Trust, Newtown Forest Association and The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield — are calling their association The Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition.