Agriculture is deeply rooted in Connecticut. For generations, farms and farmers have been a cornerstone of communities throughout the state, providing:
• a bounty of fresh food and produce
• local jobs and tax revenues
• pastoral views and recreational opportunities
• wildlife habitat
• clean air and water
Connecticut’s agriculture is being uprooted, as farms give way to subdivisions and suburban sprawl has made farming a logistical and economic challenge. The escalating loss of farmland threatens not just the viability of an industry but also the state’s rural legacy and landscape.
Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland aims to help landowners, land trusts and municipalities navigate the sometimes confusing array of public programs available to protect and steward their farmland. The guide also provides an overview of estate planning options and tax considerations, and includes case studies that highlight innovative and effective efforts to protect Connecticut’s working lands.