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KENT – Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (NCLC) is offering the Building Resiliency on Northwest Connecticut Farmland grant program through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (CSAF) program.

NCLC’s Building Resiliency program funds two types of projects: climate-smart agricultural assessments and the implementation of climate-smart agricultural practices from the following climate mitigation categories: soil health, nitrogen management, grazing and pasture, agroforestry, and energy use.

Eligible applicants must operate working farmland or a farm business in NCLC’s service area, which includes all of Litchfield County and Brookfield, Newtown, and Sherman in Fairfield County. The assessment must occur on property owned, licensed, or leased by the applicant.

NCLC’s implementation grant program provides funding for the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices.

NCLC will open two application rounds per year until funds are spent: April 1 to May 31 and Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

Full details on the program are available online https://ctland.org/climate-smart-grant/. For information, contact Agricultural Program Manager Shelley Rose shelley@ctland.org, or call 860-927-1927.

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