Conserve the Valley You Love

19 Towns. One Valley.

One Mission.

Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.


Love for the Land Saves the Family Farm

An iconic riverfront farm worked by 7 generations of the Barstow clan is being preserved for many more. Brothers David and Steven Barstow are finalizing the conservation of 123 acres of their dairy farm in the historic Hockanum area in Hadley, nestled between the Mt. Holyoke Range and the Connecticut River. Their willingness to look to the future and be good stewards of the land has sustained the family operation through hard times and now they are becoming a model of innovation. Read more about how the funding they receive for selling their development rights will bring robots to the farm!  


Read more about this dedicated family in our latest newsletter. 


You can also help save this farm! Your donation will ensure that Barstow's Longview Farm will be Forever Farmland. 


Watch the Faces of Forever Farmland Videos: 5 Farmers Tell Their Stories


Help Meet Lake Warner Dam Fundraising Challenge

Secrets of the Trees

"How do I know what kind of tree it is? There aren’t any leaves!" If you’ve ever asked this question, or any other question about how trees grow, survive, and benefit our world, here’s your chance to get some answers.

On Sunday, March 8 from 1 pm - 3 pm, come take a winter walk with New England tree expert Michael ... more


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Dorie Goldman: Woman of the Valley

We are fortunate to live in a very special community made so by many special people. One of those people was Dorie Goldman, known widely for her hand-made breads and dedication to making her footprint light on the earth. She loved the land, whether it held a local farm or a wild forest, and she was a great friend to Kestrel. We can all honor her memory by enjoying and loving the land as she did. Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director, offers this tribute.  


We are honored to accept donations in her memory to conserve the land she loved.