Open Space and Farmland Preservation
Building on our agricultural roots, Conservation Districts serve agricultural farmers and landowners across Connecticut in many ways. We work to:
- Assist municipalities and private groups to preserve open space by providing information, education and technical advice.
- Promote sound agricultural practices to prevent erosion of fragile soil resources and pollution of precious water resources.
- Advise farmers and help them find funding for building manure management and other structures.
- Conduct June Nitrate Testing for farmers who want to avoid using excess nutrients.
- Recognize local farmers with the “Conservation Farmer of the Year” Award for their efforts in environmentally sustainable agriculture.
- Help farmers who are interested in preserving their land through the state’s Purchase of Development Rights Program.
- Raise public awareness and to promote Farmland Preservation in partnership with Land Trusts and many other advocacy groups.
- Educate the public and students about the crisis situation in Connecticut. According to Working Lands Alliance, we are losing farmland at a dramatic rate. Between 1992 and 1997 the state lost an average of 8,000 acres per year to non-agricultural uses. If the current rate of loss continues, Connecticut will have no farmland left by the middle of this century.