Farmland Protection

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Holding Ground: A Guide to Northeast Farmland Tenure and Stewardship

Kathy Ruhf, Annette Higby, Andrea Woloschuk, and others, The New England Small Farm Institute, Intervale Foundation, 2004

This publication addresses farmland access, transfer, affordability, and stewardship. It focuses on “non-ownership” tenure options and contains sample lease provisions with explanations, sample stewardship standards, worksheets, and case studies.

162 pages. $25. To order, visit

Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland

American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust’s Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland guide describes farmland protection tools and programs available in Connecticut and answers some frequently asked questions about agricultural conservation easements. The guide also identifies state and federal incentive-based programs for conserving wetlands, wildlife habitat, soil and water, and other natural resources on farmland. Publication is in PDF format.

To request a free print copy, contact Cris Coffin at (413) 586-9930 ext. 29.

Farmland Transfer and Protection in New England

Kathy Ruhf, The New England Small Farm Institute, 1999

Overview of land acquisition and farm transfer issues and strategies.

124 pages. $15. To order, visit

American Farmland Trust

This site offers a series of factsheets on farmland protection laws and tax incentive options.

American Farmland Trust
Northeast Regional Office
(Jerry Cosgrove, David Haight, Kirsten Ferguson)
6 Franklin Square
Suite E
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 581-0078

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