Conserve the Valley You Love
19 Towns. One Valley.
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.
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.
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!