Help Us Save The Family Farm
Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) is the only land trust in the state dedicated to the protection of our family farms. Since our founding in 2002, we have protected over 2,900 acres of farmland ourselves, and have helped our partners protect nearly 1,000 additional acres. In spite of our efforts and those of our partners, every year Connecticut loses 20% more farmland than it saves. If we hope to have a vital regional food economy in the years to come, that pace is unsustainable.
There are over 4,900 family farms in Connecticut today and every year more young farmers are joining the field. Yet for every farmer under 35, there are six over 65. In the next 20 years, more farmland will go up for sale than ever in our history. But with the cost of farmland in Connecticut among the highest in the nation, very few farmers can afford it.
Our farmland soils will be sold -- that much is certain. But will they go to a farmer? Or will they grow the last crop: buildings, parking lots...
When CFT protects a farm, the cost of the land is greatly reduced, putting it within the reach of a farmer to buy. By keeping the costs of farming lower, CFT is helping to sustain active family farms – and farmers -- in Connecticut.
Most importantly, when CFT protects a farm, that land is guaranteed for agricultural use – forever. It took 4.5 billion years to create the soil we need to grow the food we eat. With over 90 million people living within just one day’s drive of Connecticut farms, CFT is making sure that resource will be here forever – feeding today and tomorrow’s America.
CFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that depends upon the loyal support of members. With your help, we can protect the soul of our communities and the future of our food. By joining CFT, you can save Connecticut's family farms.