Volume 8 Issue 1 Spring 2010 Newsletter
Farms Preserved in Durham and Stonington
“Having worked the land, cut my firewood from it,
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Farmland Trust
raised sheep on it, and hayed it, I have developed a lot of
affection for it,” said Mr. Scott of his farm. In regards to
his donation of the development rights on his property, he
said, “I told my kids that my chest was puffed out a little
more and when I walked out in the snow, it was nice to
know that this land will never be developed. I feel that I’ve
kind of kept faith with the land and with the critters on it.”
In the first weeks of January, CFT completed our first
preservation project of 2010 – the donation of a
conservation easement on Little Pond Farm in Pawcatuck,
part of the Town of Stonington.
Scottish Highland cattle graze on Vanishing Geese Farm in
Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) ended 2009 with
the preservation of 43-acre Vanishing Geese Farm in
Durham, and began 2010 by protecting 63-acre Little Pond
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Farmland Trust
Farm in Stonington.
An agricultural conservation easement on Durham’s
Vanishing Geese Farm was donated to CFT by owner, Jim
“We are very impressed by and appreciative of this
generous donation,” said Henry Talmage, Executive
Director of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. “It has been a
pleasure to work with Mr. Scott to permanently protect his
farm. It’s an excellent example of the importance of
protecting farmland for current and future generations of
Scott has farmed the land, which includes hay and
pasture fields, wetland, and woodland, since 1979. He ran A view through the trees, of Little Pond Farm in Stonington.
it as a commercial sheep farm until several years ago and
now raises Scottish Highland cattle, chickens, and honey
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Farms Preserved (continued) BOARD
“We are extremely happy to have aided in the preservation of Little Pond of
Farm,” says Henry Talmage. “This is our first protected farm in Stonington and DIRECTORS
our sixth in New London County.”
Dawn C. Adiletta
Landowners Thomas and Dorothea Cannan donated a conservation easement East Woodstock
to CFT on the 96-acre farm before selling it. The easement will allow the Robin Chesmer
development of one residential lot and will permanently protect the remainder Graywall Farms, Lebanon
of the farm from non-agricultural development. The Cannans will retain the
original farm house and may possibly build a new barn on the unprotected portion Jay Dippel
of the land. Connecticut Dept. of Agriculture
Dr. Michael A. Fotos, III
The Cannans purchased the farm in 1968 and began selling hay, boarding West Hartford
horses, and raising cattle. The farm now produces hay and corn and is leased to a
local dairy farmer. The new owners may also keep horses and goats. Gordon F. Gibson
CT State Grange
“It’s not the biggest farm in town, but it’s the best,” says Thomas Cannan of John C. Haller
Little Pond Farm. “That’s the truth.” East Granby
Aimee Hoben, Esq.
The property is a mixture of fields and woodlands. All of the property’s 63 The Hartford
acres of crop fields are covered by prime and important agricultural soils. Little
Pond Farm is also adjacent to a 148-acre agricultural and forested property John J. Kriz, III
protected by the Stonington Land Trust. New Canaan
Richard A. Marone, Esq.
Making the Most of Our Money Murtha Cullina LLP
In the past eight years, CFT has protected 1,766 acres of farmland on 20 James D. Miller
farms across the state and has also assisted our partners in the preservation of 602 Farm Credit East
additional acres. As a result of our ability to partner and leverage scarce conserva- Nicholas Moore
tion funds, we have been extremely efficient with our acquisition resources. Sharon
In fact, CFT has spent $262,000 of our dedicated Acquisition Fund to protect Steve Reviczky
CT Farm Bureau
farmland with a fair-market easement value at the time of preservation of over $11
million (a leverage ratio of 44:1). Gary S. Rose
CT Dept. of Environmental Protection
CFT is currently working to preserve a total of 381 acres on five family farms,
and is also assisting the Connecticut Department of Agriculture with three more Kahn Tractor & Equipment, Inc.
farms, totaling 215 acres. All of these projects are expected to be protected in
2010. Peter J. Sposito
Bankers’ Bank Northeast
Help CFT Help the Environment Gregory J. Weidemann
College of Agriculture & Natural
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Farms Preserved by CFT
Scaglia Fruit Farm, Glastonbury * Osuch Farm, Watertown & Bethlehem * *
16.5 acres in 2002 39.9 acres in 2007
Barnes Farm, New Hartford Rocklawn Farms, Canterbury
194.94 acres in 2003 189 acres in 2007
Random Farm, Ashford Stoney Hedge Farm, Lebanon
212.3 acres in 2004 22 acres in 2007
Hollow Brook Farm, North Canaan Grassy Hill Farm, Falls Village
196.24 acres in 2004 38 acres in 2007
Phillips Farm, Southbury * * Cato Corner Farm, Colchester *
20 acres in 2004 75 acres in 2008
Cold Spring Brook Farm, Berlin & Rocky Hill * Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford * *
40.9 acres in 2004 40 acres in 2008
Humphrey Evergreen Farms, Hamden * Marvel & Mitchell Farms, Salem
5 acres in 2004 and 13.85 acres in 2005 206 acres in 2009
Lovdal Farm, Southbury * * Wisneske Farm, Norwich & Franklin
36 acres in 2005 181 acres in 2009
On the Hill Farm, Salem Vanishing Geese Farm, Durham
22 acres in 2005 and 53.9 acres in 2006 43 acres in 2009
Stone Wall Dairy Farm, Cornwall * Little Pond Farm, Stonington
19.8 acres in 2007 96 acres in 2010
* Farm stands open to the public * * Walking trails open to the public
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10th Annual Celebration of CT Farms
Sponsorship is the only sure way to
reserve a ticket to the event!
Photo courtesy of John Columbus.
Beginning in May, you can purchase tickets and
sponsorships to the 2010 Celebration of Connecticut Farms
on our website! Or, as always, you can request an
invitation (which provides you with purchase information
and further details about the event).
To purchase tickets or request an invitation, visit
www.CTFarmland.org, or call our office at 860-247-0202.
We look forward to seeing you at
Laurel Ridge Farm!
It was a perfect day for the 2009 Celebration of Connecticut
Farms at Graywall Farms in Lebanon.
Save the date for September 12, 2010!
The 10th Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms will
Photo courtesy of Laurel Ridge Farm
take place on Sunday, September 12 at Laurel Ridge Farm
in Litchfield. Join co-chairpersons Faith Middleton and
Jacques Pépin, and Connecticut chefs, farmers, and
producers for this special and unique event in support of
Connecticut Farmland Trust.
Musical entertainment will once again be provided by
the band Bone Dry. Other of the day’s activities will
include a live and silent auction, and farm tours.
You can become a sponsor of the 2010 Celebration of
Connecticut Farms or request an invitation by calling 860-
247-0202 or visiting our website at Learn more about Laurel Ridge Farm at www.lrgfb.com and
CFT Joins “Land Trust Excellence Program”
The Connecticut Farmland Trust was one of only a few Connecticut land trusts invited to participate in the Land
Trust Excellence Program, funded by the national Land Trust Alliance. This program provides financial resources to
hire independent consultants to review all aspects of an organization’s operation and policy.
A comprehensive audit is currently underway that will examine records and procedures and includes input from
the full Board of Directors, committees, and staff. Later this spring, the Board of Directors will be presented with a
work plan that will outline what steps are needed in order for CFT to apply for accreditation by the Land Trust
“As a leader in the Connecticut land trust community, we have a responsibility to operate with the highest degree
of integrity and efficiency. We are excited and proud to be included in this program, as it will help ensure that our
policies and practices meet the very highest of standards,” said Henry Talmage, Executive Director.
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Join Us For Dinners at the Farm!
Dinners at the Farm is once again hosting their popular farm dinners held
right in the very fields from which the evening’s menu is sourced. Plus, each of
the dinners are a benefit and we’re thrilled to be among this year’s beneficiaries.
A portion of the dinner proceeds will go directly to CFT. Join us for dinner and
taste some of the most delicious seasonal flavors of Connecticut grown produce,
meet the chefs, tour the farm, and talk with some of the farmers and us to learn
about the importance of supporting local farms and farmland preservation.
This year, a portion of each and every Dinner will benefit Connecticut
Farmland Trust and the other beneficiaries. You can attend any one of the 12
Dinners and still support CFT. Staff and friends of Connecticut Farmland Trust
will be attending the Dinners at Barberry Hill Farm in Madison on August 5, 6,
and 7 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).
The Dinner schedule and locations are:
Barberry Hill Farm, Madison, CT
August 5, 6, 7
Photo courtesy of Michelle Paulson
August 12, 13, 14
White Gate Farm, East Lyme, CT
August 19, 20, 21
August 26, 27, 28
For more information and to buy tickets visit:
See you at the farm! Creators of Dinners at the Farm: Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern in
Chester and Drew McLachlan of Feast Gourmet Market in Deep River
CFT Board Member wins Pathfinder Award
At the 9th Annual Meeting of the Working
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Farmland Trust
Lands Alliance on November 18, CFT Board
Member Gordon Gibson was awarded the Pathfinder
Award for Outstanding Individual for his work as an
advocate for farmland preservation in Connecticut.
Gibson has been on the Board of Directors of
Connecticut Farmland Trust since the organization’s
incorporation in 2002. He was also the first President
of the Board of Directors, and served in that capacity
for three years.
He is currently the Legislative Director of the
Connecticut State Grange. He has also served as
Chair of the Vernon Conservation Commission and
Jiff Martin, of Working Lands Alliance waits to present Gordon Director of the Association of Connecticut Fairs, Inc.
Gibson with the Pathfinder Award for Outstanding Individual.
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OUR MISSION: To permanently protect Connecticut’s working farmland.
To further this mission, the Connecticut Farmland Trust:
• Works with Connecticut farmers to protect their land for agricultural use by acquiring
agricultural conservation easements and farmland;
• Shares our expertise and technical knowledge to assist landowners, land trusts, town officials,
and state agencies in protecting agricultural land; and
• Promotes farmland preservation education through presentations and outreach.
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