Satellite Image: the Long Island Sound After Tropical Storm Irene, with Vermont Farmland Washed into the Sound

The Long Island Sound Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP) is a landscape-scale initiative that covers the geographic area of Long Island Sound (the Sound) and its watershed.

Through this work the team is coordinating the development and implementation of a comprehensive working lands program with a key focus on:

  1. nutrient management and soil health,
  2. protection of farmland and non-industrial forest land, and
  3. working lands adaptation/ resiliency.

We are excited to work in partnership with the other involved agencies and community members. We know that a collaborative approach like LISW-RCPP will better leverage all resources by connecting with the existing programs and catalyzing innovative watershed-scale public/private partnerships.

The Center's Pasture Team is the UVM lead in this multi-state project, and is focusing on the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Our approach is to provide a team (with expertise in agronomy, engineering, pasture management, cover cropping, manure management, livestock and vegetable production, soil health, farming in a changing climate, food safety, weed management, farm energy use, and farm viability) to work with individual farmers in the watershed.  By working with individual farmers to address their specific goals and challenges, we are seeking to build soil health and restore and protect water quality.


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Learn more about the multi-state scope of the work by visiting the regional project's website.

Resources for Connecticut River Valley Farmers & Communities


Interested in knowing more about the Center's work or do you have a question we haven't answered here?  Contact us via email or  802-656-5459 and we'll do our best to help.

Woodcut of a farm with people gathering produce and cows grazing


  • Help with a plan for grazing your livestock:  Kimberly Hagen at  802-656-3834
  • General inquiries and potential partnerships: Jenn Colby at 802-535-7606 or
  • Vermont Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program Education Coordinator Mary Ellen Franklin at
  • Pasture walks and other upcoming events: Colene Reed at
  • Help with your Connecticut River watershed farm, including nutrient management and other water quality-related issues: Laura Johnson at
  • Research questions or ideas: Juan Alvez at 802-656-6116 or
  • Include pasture-related events in online or email Pasture Calendars: Cheryl Herrick at

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