Agvocate Workshop, November 29

Working Together to Preserve Farmland - An AGvocate Workshop

Connecticut is home to several organizations that work collaboratively to preserve farmland. Please join them on Tuesday, November 29, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Canterbury Community Center, 1 Municipal Drive, Canterbury, for a FREE workshop, sponsored by the AGvocate program, designed to provide information about the array of public programs available, each of which plays a vital role in assisting landowners to protect and steward their farmland. This workshop will cover:

o Landowner Farmland Outreach and Technical Assistance Programs from the CT Farmland Trust;

o Farmland Preservation Program through the CT Department of Agriculture;

o Conservation Stewardship Practices and Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program from the USDA NRCS;

o Examples from towns who have successfully worked with landowners to protect CT farmland; 

o Updates from fourteen AGvocate towns; and

o Will provide an opportunity to share ideas and gather resources.

Speakers include: Elisabeth Moore, Director of Conservation, CT Farmland Trust; Kip Kolesinskas, State Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS; J. Joseph Dippel, Director, Farmland Preservation Program, Connecticut Department of Agriculture; Phil Chester, Lebanon Town Planner; and Jim Rivers, Pomfret First Selectman.

To assure program materials, contact Jennifer Kaufman, AGvocate Program Director, 860-450-6007 or AGvocate@yahoo.com to reserve your space.

Since 2009, fourteen towns in Northeast Connecticut have joined the AGvocate Program. Municipal leaders, agricultural producers, and supportive citizens have come together to implement tools and create action plans to help promote farm viability in their towns—creating a voice of agriculture in their towns. The AGvocate program is a program of Eastern CT RC&D and is guided by a steering committee of experts. For more information, contact Jennifer Kaufman, AGvocate Program Director, at 860-450-6007 or AGvocate@yahoo.com.