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CT Agriculture

Connecticut agriculture is diverse, and includes:
Fruits
Vegetables
Nurseries
Dairy
Greenhouses
Poultry
Mushrooms
Vineyards
Equine
Forestry
Maple Syrup
Aquaculture
Agri-Tourism
and More!

Photos

Wheat. Photo by Scott Harwood.

Economics

Millions of $$$ in farm revenues result in an impact of over $2 billion on the State economy. Agriculture provides thousands of jobs - over 13,000 in CT! A lot of money passes through the hands of agriculture, with the majority staying right here.

Connecticut Agriculture is VERY ALIVE!

Farms are good for Connecticut. They provide economic, environmental and quality of life benefits.

  • $300 Million/year economic activity directly from dairy alone
  • Thousands of jobs on and off the farms in support industries
  • Open space benefits (Over 100,000 acres from dairy)
  • Scenic vistas, wildlife habitats and recreational opportunities
  • Fresh local food produced within a few miles of the table.

Connecticut's citizens value the variety of benefits agriculture provides to the quality of life in the State.

Connecticut agriculture grows products for a diverse population base in one of the world's largest markets. There is a $5 billion agricultural market in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York City. The Northeast offers significant opportunities for economic growth and a bright future for Connecticut agriculture.

Very Alive Members

leafNate Cushman and Jim Smith, Cushman Farms
Peter Orr, Fort Hill Farm
Robin and Lincoln Chesmer, Graywall Farm
Ned Ellis, Mapleleaf Farm
David and Jared Morse, Mayhill Farm
Bill Peracchio, Hytone Farm
Tim Slate, Kahn Tractor and Equipment
Craig Stearns, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Paul and Diane Miller, Fairvue Farms

Our Mission: VERY ALIVE works to promote investment in the economic development of Connecticut agriculture. Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program is a vital tool in stimulating agriculture development. We will aggressively encourage funding of this program, and highlight the many advantages it provides the residents of Connecticut.