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Ives Farm

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Total acreage of all public and private land in the town of Cheshire exceeds 21,000 acres.

Though significant, CLT's 582 acres represents only 2.46% of the total land area.

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Roaring Brook...the State's second highest waterfall

Cheshire Land Trust
Preserving Land as a Living Resource Since 1969

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The Cheshire Land Trust is a nonprofit -501( c) 3 corporation funded entirely by donor contributions from members of the community. We receive no taxpayer support.

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Come Meet the Ducks

October 16th
with Benjamin Sonnenberg  

Ives Farm Barn, 1585 Cheshire Street, Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m. Benjamin is the Director of Environmental Education at Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield. The conservancy is primarily a breeding facility for rare and endangered species of waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans). Over 450 individual birds of 70 different species from all across the globe call the Conservancy home. Join Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society at CLT's Ives Farm barn for this FREE family program.  Please bring a chair. Rain or Shine.  For more information, call (860) 995-0656.


Ives Farm Tractor Trot 5K

October 29th

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The Cheshire Land Trust proudly presents the Ives Farm Tractor Trot 5K.  Runners will traverse woodlands, circle vegetable and hay fields, and visit the banks of the Quinnipiac River on trails and farm paths.

The course begins and ends at the farm's centerpiece - a picturesque red timber-frame barn. The setting, Ives Farm, is a gem among the Cheshire Land Trust's protected open spaces.  Festivities will officially kick-off with a 9:30 a.m. start.  Post-run festivities will include food, entertainment, vendor/exhibitor booths, and a tractor display.  Runners and walkers welcome.



Ives Farm is now open for Business

The circa 1790 Hotchkiss house was the homestead of the Ives family since 1867 up until Betty Ives bequeathed the 164 acre farm to CLT in 2006. The farm stand is now open. Support community grown agriculture. Consider buying a CSA today. Call 203-271-0113 or visit T&D Growers website

Our Mission

Preservation of natural resources of the State of Connecticut, including water resources, marshland, swamp, woodland, open spaces and the plant and animal life therein.
Preservation of unique historic and scenic sites.
Promote the scientific study of and educate the public regarding local natural resources including plants, animals, birds and other wildlife.
Acquire by gift, purchase or otherwise, real and personal property for the benefit of all the inhabitants of the State of Connecticut for conservational, educational, scientific and recreational purposes


Join the Cheshire Land Trust

Open spaces provide habitat for wildlife, protection for our water supply and countless benefits to the community. Cheshire's pristine wetlands, green ways, farmland and open spaces must never be taken for granted. Join in our mission to preserve the town's natural character and beauty. Membership offers you the opportunity to make a difference.

The Cheshire Land Trust seeks gifts of land thus ensuring its preservation for future generations. Today we actively manage 28 properties and 6 conservation easements totaling 582 acres. Membership dues and contributions provide for management of these properties. CLT is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation. Your donations are tax deductable. We receive no taxpayer funds.


The Cheshire Land Trust Governing Board meets monthly, usually the 3rd Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce office located at 195 S. Main St.

If you would like to attend, contact Mark Kasinskas or call 203-806-0258 or Dave Schrumm 203-272-2689.

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