The New Haven Food Action Plan reviews the key characterisitics of New Haven's food environment and proposes a number of goals, strategies, and actions that will move New Haven toward a more robust, sustainable, and healthy food system. The plan focuses on three goals:
This handbook is intended to assist landowners in making land available for farming by others. It examines leasing procedures, zoning, environmental and stewardship considerations, agricultural easements, insurance and liability, finding a tenant, working with beginning farmers, and legal issues.
This handbook is intended to help land trusts, municipalities and institutions such as schools, churches and nonprofit organizations that own farmland to keep that land in production — or bring it into production — by leasing it to farmers.The resources in this handbook will help municipalities, land trusts and both public and private institutions consider options and find ways to structure successful tenancy arrangements with farmers.
This guide is intended to provide direction to municipalities in drafting land use regulations related to livestock. Currently local officials in Connecticut have little guidance around livestock owned for either commercial or non-commercial purposes.
The goal of this study is to assess the institutional demand for regionally grown ground beef; analyze the logistics and infrastructure required to support such demand; and if feasible, propose a model that could be replicated amongst the New England states to source, process, market and distribute regionally grown ground beef to institutions.
Land is an essential element of farming, and, after a century of significant farmland loss around the state, access to affordable, productive farmland is one of the greatest challenges that Connecticut farmers face. Farmland owned by towns, institutions and land trusts represents an important source of land for farmers and for local food production.
The purpose of this study is to ascertain and document the significance of agriculture and related industries to Connecticut’s economy. This study defines the Connecticut agricultural industry as encompassing crop and livestock production, forest products, and primary agricultural processing tied to the state’s agricultural production. Because this industry buys goods and services from other industries in the state and hires local labor, its economic impacts cascade throughout the entire state economy.
This ordinance allows the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission to develop and administer a program to encourage the use of vacant public land owned by the City for gardening purposes by the general public.
Establishes the Connecticut Office of Responsible Growth within the Office of Policy and Management. Creates Powers and Duties for the Office of Responsible Growth.
American Farmland Trust and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, with support from Very Alive, teamed up in April 2006 to survey owners of farms that were preserved through the Connecticut Farmland Preservation Program. A 79 question survey was mailed from the CT Department of Agriculture and included a cover letter from the Commissioner. Completed surveys were mailed to American Farmland Trust and were kept anonymous. Of 217 surveys mailed, 78 were returned, for a response rate of 36%.
No one recent issue has generated more discussion and concern in rural communities across the country than escalating growth and its myriad of related impacts and pressures. From Maine to California, communities have found themselves in the difficult position of balancing growth and the loss of critical natural resources.
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
This 2003 report presents policy recommendations of the Connecticut Food Policy Council, including several relating to farmland protection.
This 1997 report contains a recommendation that led to the formation of the Connecticut Food Policy Council.
At the meeting of the New England Governors Conference (NEGC) in Bar Harbor ME on September 16, 2008, the six New England Governors established a blue-ribbon commission, charging it to assess land conservation in the region and recommend needed initiatives to advance regional landscape conservation.
Creates the Connecticut Food Policy Council.
Based on visits and interviews, this report profiles pilot programs that match and expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),1 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP), and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) dollars spent at farmers markets.
Planners have historically focused on air, water, shelter and food. In the 19th century, as cities expanded, light and air gained prominence in an effort to combat public health concerns and disease. In the early 20th century, the garden city movement addressed the role of food in relation to planning. This relationship was lost for decades, but now food is moving to the fore once again - regionally, nationally and globally.
In 2007, the town of New Milford, Connecticut, created this brochure that describes the community's agricultural heritage, the importance of farmland, strategies to protect agricultural land, steps that residents can take to support farms and a proposed Farmland Preservation Fund.
Pedal through some of Connecticut's most beautiful farmland. Get to know the diversity of Connecticut's agricultural production. You can shop for local produce as you ride and we will pick up your purchases and deliver them back to the gathering spot for you. Ride options are a 10 mile route; 19 mile route; 28 mile route; and a metric century (62 mile route) with stops at a rose farm, vegetable farms, orchards, nurseries and a winery.
A guide to the best fresh produce and agricultural products in Southern Connecticut.
Enjoy the Milford farms throughout the year! Milord has a rich agricultural tradition that continues to this day, with about 1 million acres of fertile farmland. Located on the long Island sound, the climate is perfect for raising a variety of fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Milford also has a number of nurseries and tree farms. Most of the produce is sold wholesale and from local farm stands.
The Town of Lebanon recognizes the importance of protecting the valuable natural resources and cultural, historic and family heritage of Lebanon. The Town is working to preserve Lebanon's agricultural and forest land base, and is working with landowners who are interested in preserving their property. On Saturday, January 27, 2007 the Town will host a Land Preservation Options Conference from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Lyman Memorial High School Auditorium, 917 Exeter Road. Your presence at this forum is desired!
This map highlights prime, statewide and locally important farmland soils in Lebanon, Connecticut. The town amended its zoning regulations to identify the "promotion and protection of agricultural uses and prime and important farmland soils" as the number one purpose of zoning.
This map highlights areas of Prime and Important Farmland Soils in Lebanon, Connecticut.
This map indicates where in Connecticut are Prime and Important Farmland Soils.
The mission of the Agricultural Commission is to support agriculture in Guilford through education, communication, conflict resolution, regulatory guidance, and promoting the economic viability of farming.
This law creates an interest-free loan program for municipal use in protecting farmland.
This law states the operations and uses that are permitted on wetlands and watercourses in Connecticut as they relate to farm activities.
Defines the term "cluster development" under Connecticut law. Cluster development concentrates housing on one portion of a building site while the remainder of the parcel remains protected farmland or open space.
This statute requires municipalities to update local Plans of Conservation and Development every 10 years. These plans often refer to agriculture and can be used to create agricultural advisory committees to help develop recommendations relating to farming.
This statute exempts farming tools, machinery (value up to $100,000), certain greenhouses and farm products from property taxes. Towns may also allow an additional exemption from property tax for farm machinery (additional value of up to $100,000). Allows exemptions from property tax for buildings that are used exclusively in farming or to provide housing for seasonal employees.
This statute provides municipalities with an option to abate fifty percent of property taxes on farms and agricultural land.
This law creates property tax exemptions for farming tools, farm produce, animals, nursery products and certain temporary structures.
States define agricultural activities differently among themselves and can even have multiple definitions in separate sections of their own legal codes for terms such as "agriculture" and "farming." This Connecticut statute defines the terms "agriculture" and "farming" under the state law related to construction of statutes.
The town of Woodstock, Connecticut, provided a second property tax exemption of up to an additional $100,000 for farm machinery since 2002. This ordinance also provides a fifty percent property tax abatements for dairy farms, fruit orchards and vineyards.
The town of Coventry, Connecticut has offered tax abatements for dairy farms since 1991. The town council may abate up to fifty percent of property taxes on dairy farms. Applicants must present evidence of the operation's status as a dairy farm to the local govenrnment officials to receive the tax benefit.
Since 1996, the town of Ashford has offered property tax abatements for dairy farms; in 2005 the abatement was expanded to orchards and vineyards.