American Farmland Trust has been on the ground in New England since 1985 – working to expand support for farms and farmland from Maine to Rhode Island.
Our Working Lands Alliance is the only organization of its kind in Connecticut, bringing a broad coalition of allies together to protect the Nutmeg State’s most important resources – its farmers and its farmland.
Through large-scale collaboration, we are working toward a future where New England farmers produce at least half of the region’s food supply, farmland is protected, and no one goes hungry.
It’s never been more important to protect New England’s threatened farms and farmland.
In New England, farms have been a part of the landscape and history for centuries, alongside a population of almost 15 million people.
Farming has an enduring and important presence in the six-state region – from the dairy farms and maple sugarhouses of Vermont, to the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts and blueberry fields of Maine.
But due to population growth, development, and sprawl from our cities, the amount of land left producing food in New England is small – just five percent. In the last 60 years, New England has lost eighty percent of its farmland.
At AFT, are working to save the land – for our economy, our way of life, and our very ability to feed ourselves.