Founded in 1982, the New Haven Land Trust was Connecticut's first urban land trust to preserve open land in New Haven and give city residents an opportunity to learn about the environment. The volunteer-led organization soon acquired ecologically significant parcels of land that then became New Haven Land Trust nature preserves. The organization quickly expanded and envisioned vacant neighborhood lots as a potential home for a community gardening program - a foundation of the New Haven Land Trust today.
The New Haven Land Trust continues to honor the vision of our founders. As of 2019, the New Haven Land Trust owns six nature preserves, comprising of over eighty acres, and manages over fifty community gardens throughout the city.
As we look to the future, we expand upon the founders’ vision with new opportunities for cultivation and stewardship. Our supporters, volunteers and staff continue to make a difference in our community.