Connecticut farmland can’t protect itself.
But we can.
Farmland protection is complicated. There are a lot of diverse stakeholders with diverse needs. To be successful requires an active collaboration. Working Lands Alliance is the only entity in CT bringing these stakeholders to the table.
WLA is a broad-based, statewide coalition working together to preserve Connecticut’s most-precious resource, its farmland. Since 1999, WLA has been the statewide voice for farmland preservation efforts, ensuring that we protect the farmland that is the cornerstone of our communities and our quality of life.
Good Policy Starts Here
Working Lands Alliance convenes many of the state’s key individuals and organizations that focus on agricultural and conservation issues. By bringing these thought leaders together around the table, we are able to focus on our state’s farmland preservation efforts and identify the areas where we can make the greatest impact.
WLA’s model is proven to be very successful. WLA has been instrumental in many policy successes over the last fifteen years, including the creation of dedicated funding sources for farmland preservation, and the protection of state-owned land.
To read more about our coalition’s successes, click here.
To learn more about how ARPA funds can be used for climate smart practices, click here.
Where Policymakers Turn to Learn About Farmland Protection
In addition to policy and advocacy work, WLA works at the federal, state and local level to engage and educate our policy makers and the public about the importance of farmland preservation. Over the past couple of years, this work ranged from developing a model agricultural easement and educating land trusts, attorneys, and agency staff on its use, to participating in numerous land conservation lobby days at the Capitol, to engaging our talented high-school level agriscience students through an essay contest, among other efforts.
Our coalition provides the voice statewide for protecting the thousands of acres of farmland that remain at risk for development. We have a lot of work to do, and we invite you to help.