CONNECTICUT FARMLAND TRUST INC

Preserving Working Lands for Future Generations

Hartford, CT   |  www.ctfarmland.org

Mission

Connecticut Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to protect farmland from the constant threat of development. Keeping land in farms helps to establish a local, sustainable food system, supports our economy, and contributes to improving the quality of land, air and water. Our goal is to make working lands available to Connecticut farmers for the indefinite future.

Notes from the nonprofit

'Accreditation recognizes organizations for meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.'

In October 2012, CFT became one of only six Land Trusts in Connecticut, and one of 181 nationwide, to earn the coveted seal from the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. This independent certification of our standards and practices is perpetual insurance; we are doing things right so we can do them forever.

Protecting working land for the future is a lofty goal – becoming Accredited places us in a new class and serves as proof that we have the integrity to see that goal through. To learn more about Accreditation, please visit the Land Trust Accreditation Commission website.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Elisabeth Moore

Main address

77 Buckingham St 3rd floor

Hartford, CT 06106 USA

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EIN

32-0007171

NTEE code info

Farmland Preservation (K25)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Connecticut Farmland Trust's goal is to keep working lands available to Connecticut farmers for the indefinite future. Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) is the only statewide, private conservation organization in Connecticut dedicated solely to the protection of agricultural land. Farms are being lost to housing, public and private developers at a disturbing rate across the nation. Concentrating our work on family farms with high-quality soil, we work with farm owners to forever protect their land for agricultural use. We achieve our mission by purchasing or accepting donations of agricultural easements, and in some cases, purchasing threatened farms. We protect farms on our own as well as in partnership with municipalities, public agencies, and local land trusts. CFT stewards the farms that we protect in perpetuity, ensuring that the land is available to grow the food that your great-grandchildren will need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conservation Program

The Conservation Program is CFT’s flagship. CFT’s unique role is to react quickly to opportunities as they arise, coordinate funding, and organize partnerships to help farm families save their greatest asset – productive farmland. This expertise is essential when farm families must sell, and well-financed developers are knocking on the farmhouse door.

CFT can and will:

-Accept donations of agricultural conservation easements and farmland.

- Purchase agricultural conservation easements and farmland.

- Partner with towns and land trusts to identify threatened farms and opportunities for land protection and to help address farmland stewardship and management concerns.

- Partner with communities throughout the state to encourage local farmland preservation efforts through outreach and technical assistance to farmers, local land trusts, local officials, town planners, conservation commissions, and community organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

As part of the conservation process, CFT staff provide a myriad of Technical Assistance options. Conservation staff consult with landowners about permitted land uses to uphold the terms of the conservation easement, offer guidance on natural resource concerns, arrange surveys of the owner’s land, submit grants to state and federal partners, and connect legal aid to farmers who need it.
Sometimes the most valuable assistance is referring farmers to other conservation resources to help them with succession planning and farmland restoration.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2009

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CFT's goal is to make working lands available to Connecticut farmers for the indefinite future.

CFT aims to protect all the farmland that we possibly can, by ourselves as an organization, and with our strong partners. Then, CFT stewards (protects) the land in perpetuity.

Every year Connecticut Farmland Trust’s work ensures that more agricultural land will remain agricultural and that more young farmers can buy a farm or sustainably continue on the family farm.

CFT’s accomplishes its mission through three programs: Conservation, Technical Assistance, and Stewardship.

The Conservation Program is CFT’s flagship. CFT’s unique role is to react quickly to opportunities as they arise, coordinate funding, and organize partnerships to help farm families save their greatest asset – productive farmland. This expertise is essential when farm families must sell, and well-financed developers are knocking on the farmhouse door.

As part of the conservation process, CFT staff provide a myriad of Technical Assistance options. Conservation staff consult with landowners about permitted land uses to uphold the terms of the conservation easement, offer guidance on natural resource concerns, arrange surveys of the owner’s land, submit grants to state and federal partners, and connect
legal aid to farmers who need it. Sometimes the most valuable assistance is referring farmers to other conservation resources to help them with succession planning and farmland restoration.

When CFT works with a family to protect their farm through an agricultural conservation easement, we are making a promise in perpetuity to them that we will never allow their land to be converted to a non-agricultural use. Through our Stewardship Program, CFT conducts an annual visit to each of our protected farms to ensure compliance with the terms of its respective agricultural conservation easement. If the easement terms are ever violated, CFT stewardship staff will respond and resolve the violation in an appropriate way. This means that after a farm family voluntarily sells or donates their development rights to our land trust, they can rest assured that their land will remain as a farm forever.

CFT is strategic and fast-moving in its farmland conservation efforts. The organization is resilient over time and committed to stewarding its protected farms in perpetuity.

At the time of this update (2019) our staff consists of:

Executive Director, Conservation Coordinator, Conservation & Farmlink Associate, Development & Communications Coordinator, and a part-time Accountant; and 19 dynamic Board Directors.

Since it's founding in 2002, CFT has protected over 50 varied farms in Connecticut (as of 2019).

Starting in 2020, our organization will create a Strategic Conservation Plan.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CONNECTICUT FARMLAND TRUST INC

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Bassani

Connecticut Farmland Trust

Term: 2020 - 2022

Tim Slate

Kahn Tractor & Equipment, Inc.

Robin Chesmer

Graywall Farms

Dawn Adiletta

Historian & Consultant, Retired

Gordon Gibson

CT Grange

John Kriz

New Canaan

John Haller

Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C.

Nicholas Moore

Independent General Contractor

Dr. Michael Fotos

Trinity College

Joan Nichols

CT Farm Bureau Assoc.

Jiff Martin

UConn, Food System Ed.

Charlotte Hansen, CPA

Polish National Credit Union

Dr. James Shepherd

Yale

Toni Robinson, Esq.

Quinnipiac University

Michael O'Neill

UConn, Ag. Extension

Paul Geraghty

Geraghty & Bonnano, LLC

Keith Stechschulte

Farm Credit East

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/16/2021

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