Each Connecticut town is unique, with its own economic, geographic, cultural and even agricultural identity. As a result, an initiative or policy that works in one community may not work in another. Yet, in developing a plan or initiatives to support local farms and protect farmland, all communities should begin with two basic steps: communicating with local farmers and identifying the community's agricultural resources.
To improve their understanding of local agriculture, some towns have mapped their agricultural resources and surveyed town farmers. Others have established town agricultural commissions to provide formal input from the agricultural community or tasked an existing town board or commission to help town officials plan for agriculture.