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

John Body

May Wildflowers on the Range

On Saturday, May 30, from 9 -11 am, join Karen Searcy for an intimate look at the wildflowers on and around the Mount Holyoke Range in Amherst. RSVP for meeting location to Raindate, Sunday, May 31. 


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Serve, Learn, and Grow with AmeriCorps

Join Kestrel through AmeriCorps MassLIFT service! Applications are now being accepted for the Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) program managed by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. AmeriCorps MassLIFT volunteers build organizational capacity to meet critical community needs for land protection, stewardship of protected lands, conservation outreach and education, and service learning that engages young people in conservation. 

Kestrel Land trust has openings for a Land Stewardship Coordinator, and a half-time Community Engagement Coordinator to be shared with Hilltown Land Trust.

These full-time AmeriCorps positions come with living allowances, health insurance, and the potential to earn education awards. Click the links above for details and application instructions! 

Job Opening: Bookkeeper/Office Manager