access to land

Build Your Network, Grow Our Future

Join the New CT Farmer Alliance Build Your Network, Grow Our Future 2023! This annual event is a chance for farmers to connect with each other and with service providers who can help us in our farming journeys.
The Details:
Saturday January 21st
AuerFarm, Bloomfield, CT
The event will have a keynote address, workshops, a farm hack competition, networking with agricultural service organizations, and of course, delicious food.
Suggested donation is $10, which includes breakfast and lunch. But we don’t want cost to be prohibitive to anyone! Feel free to contribute what makes sense for you and your budget.
Conference includes:
Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussions
Farm Hack Competition
Workshops such as
      -Land Access101
      -Working with USDA
      -Finding Your Market
      -Being a Farmer Advocate
Networking with Service Providers
Seed Swap
Here are some of the farm service organizations that will be there & ready to share their resources:
-USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service
-USDA’s Farm Service Agency
-UConn Extension’s Sold Ground
-The Carrot Project
-Land For Good
-Put Local on Your Tray
-Legal Food Hub
-Farm Credit East
-Farm Bureau
-American Farmland Trust

CT Farmlink Website Improves Farmland Access for Farmers

screenshot of the homepage of the CT Farm Link websiteConnecticut FarmLink, a clearing house for the transition between generations of landowners with the goal of keeping farmland in production, is pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned website, A partnership between the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) with funding through the Community Investment Act (CIA) is ensuring new and beginning farmers are able to more easily locate and access farmland for their business. 

“One of the top barriers for beginning farmers to getting started, or having their own business, is land access,” said Bryan P. Hurlburt, Connecticut Department of Agriculture Commissioner. “Connecticut FarmLink lets them find available land that meets their needs and evens the playing field to finding farm properties.”

The updated website now features log-in profiles, allowing both farmland owners and farmland seekers to edit, or deactivate, at their own convenience. A filter option enables them to select what they are looking for whether it’s properties, seekers, or resources. An integrated online messaging offers instant connection between all parties and email notifications will be sent when new farmland options have been posted.

“Users will be better able to manage their own information and the redesigned site is modeled after other FarmLink websites available nationally, making it more consistent for searchers,” says Lily Orr, Connecticut Farmland Trust Conservation Associate. Orr was responsible for working with a consultant to build and transition the website to the new format incorporating feedback from users to include features they requested.

There are currently more than 70 properties listed that are looking for a farmer to keep the land in production. “Agriculture is so diverse in Connecticut, we have people looking a quarter acre up to 200 acres, everything from vegetables and greenhouses to forestland for mushrooms or maple sugaring,” says Kip Kolesinskas, consulting Conservation Scientist. “The website is a source of information offering connections to agency programs and planning for everything related to leasing, farmland preservation and succession planning.”

To learn more about farmland available in Connecticut, visit, or contact