The Woodbridge Land Trust announced the permanent protection of 86 acres of farmland owned by the Hitchcock family, located at 902 Baldwin Road, Woodbridge, CT. The Trust and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s joint acquisition of development rights to the farm through the state’s voluntary Farmland Preservation Program is the culmination of over a decade’s work on the Trust’s part to find ways to protect Baldwin Road Farm from being lost to high density development.
According to the Trust’s president Bryan Pines, “the Trust was able to protect the agricultural use of the farm forever through generous donations and support from individuals and local community organizations who responded to our ‘Protect Scenic Baldwin Road Farm’ fundraising campaign.” The Trust contributed $160,000, approximately 25% of the value, towards the purchase of the development rights from the landowners. The farm will remain in private ownership, but the land is now subject to a conservation easement that permanently restricts its use for agriculture.
“In keeping with the Trust’s 50-year history and core mission to conserve, preserve and protect our natural resources, we are thrilled to be able to preserve the farm for Woodbridge and the greater New Haven community,” Pines said. Protected farms help the town and state promote local food security, retain rural character and scenic vistas, protect natural resources, and sustain employment in the agricultural sector.
For more information, please visit www.woodbridgelandtrust.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodbridge Land Trust, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. Contributions are tax deductible and may be sent to: The Woodbridge Land Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 3699, Woodbridge, CT 06525.