Derek Slap


Derek Slap



June 7, 2024
Senator Derek Slap

Farmington Delegation Welcomes $250k for Farmington Land Trust

Today, State Senators Derek Slap and Rick Lopes and State Representative Mike Demicco welcome the approval of $250,000 for the Farmington Land Trust’s Wilcox-Bushley Homestead Environmental Learning Center. The funding was approved by the State Bond Commission.

The Farmington Land Trust was gifted an 1880 farmhouse and have since renovated and restored the home to honor its history and to create the Wilcox-Bushley Homestead Environmental Learning Center and Land Trust headquarters. These dollars will help complete the renovation project and continue to fund educational programs for the greater Hartford community about the importance of land conservation, specifically as it pertains to the mitigation of climate change.

“The Farmington Land Trust is a true asset to Farmington and to the Greater Hartford community, and I am thrilled that they will receive these funds,” said State Sen. Derek Slap. “With this funding for their educational programs, the Land Trust can continue to educate local youth about the importance of land preservation and being conscious stewards of our environment. I am grateful to the Bonding Commission for approving this important project.”

“This funding will allow the Farmington Land Trust to complete crucial renovations to transform a historic farm property into a headquarters and environmental learning center. This project will not only preserve an important piece of local history but will expand our environmental education programming to inspire more youth across the region to appreciate and protect our natural spaces,” said State Rep. Mike Demicco.

“We are truly delighted to receive such generous funding from the State of Connecticut for the Farmington Land Trust’s Wilcox-Bushley Homestead Environmental Learning Center,” said Francie Brown Holmes, President of the Farmington Land Trust Board. “These funds will allow us to expand our outreach to the Greater Hartford region and increase access to nature and environmental education. The funds will also further our mission to mitigate the effects of climate change and increase sustainability through the preservation of open space.”


Contact: Garnet McLaughlin
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