Working Lands Alliance

An American Farmland Trust project, the Working Lands Alliance is a broad-based, statewide coalition preserving 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 is the big tent that convenes many of the state's key individuals and organizations that focus on agricultural and conservation issues. By bringing these thought leaders together, we focus on our state's farmland preservation efforts and identify the areas where we can make the greatest impact.

Our Successes

Instrumental in many policy successes in our 15 year history, our notable achievements include:

  • Since 2005, WLA has led campaigns generating more than $70 million for Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program.
  • On an $80,000 budget, we have leveraged an average of $12 million annually in state investments in farmland protection.
  • We championed the Community Investment Act that provides up to $20 million annually for state investments in agriculture, historic preservation, open space, and affordable housing.
  • Our coalition fought for the permanent protection of state-held agricultural lands, leading to the permanent protection of nearly 1,000 acres of state-owned farmland at Southbury Training School.
  • WLA was a key partner in developing the Community Farms Preservation Program, which protects locally significant farms not eligible for traditional farmland protection programs.

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