Dateline: Nancy on Norwalk, dated June 30, 2022….

Norwalk has banned pesticides on public properties, with certain exceptions, as of Jan. 1 (2023).

“We hope that the practices adopted by the city … will inspire our residents to stop the use of pesticides on their own private properties and to maintain their lawns and gardens more sustainable ways that minimize the harm to creatures that live in our yards and our beloved Sound,” Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Lisa Shanahan (D-District E) said Tuesday, before the Common Council voted unanimously to approve a new ordinance titled, “Healthy Outdoor Public Spaces.

Fundraising Saga: A recent issue of Sound Watch Magazine features a story on our fundraising for the Farm Creek Preserve, which is one of our finest properties. A small group of volunteers raising $4.3 million over a five-year period is a story of great dedication and hard work. Click Here.

NO MOW MAY – at Norwalk Public Library……See those tall grasses? It’s the “right” look for this month. Members of the Norwalk Land Trust, the Norwalk Library and the Norwalk Gardeners gather to celebrate NO MOW MAY at the Belden Avenue library location. Enjoying a cup of tea from the Blue Teapot Cafe.

photo by Erik Trautmann

A wonderful PBS documentary on the osprey and the Connecticut Coastline.

The Incredible Shrinking Lawn”  – In the March 2021 edition of Connecticut Magazine

Read this great article about the virtues of letting your yard go “native” with wildflowers and natural plantings instead of the traditional lawn.  You’ll support pollinators, save yourself a lot of work, and create a beautiful, natural habitat.


Tallamy, naturalists and homeowners advocate converting lawns to native gardens and avoiding pesticides and herbicides because wildlife needs the food and shelter for survival. Loss of habitat and herbicide and pesticide use has led to declines in songbird and bee populations nationwide. In Connecticut, 369 native bee species rely on native trees, shrubs and flowers for nectar, reports Tracy Zarrillo, a researcher with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. The native bee called Andrena violae “absolutely needs violet pollen to feed its young.”

Read More at Connecticut Magazine

Memory Lane…In September 2018, we held a Discovery Day at our White Barn property.  The hit of the day was Skyhunters in Flight, presented by Falconer Brian Bradley.  Here are highlights of this wonderful demonstration.

Tax Help  Recent Federal legislation provides help to conservation non-profits such as the Norwalk Land Trust. First, the tax-deductibility for conservation easements is now permanent.  Second, the ability to make a direct donation out of your IRA (if you are over 70 1/2) to any non-profit is tax-free, permanently.

AMAZON SHOPPERS:  Amazon teams up with the Norwalk Land Trust.  Enter the Amazon website via https:\\ and direct a small percentage of your purchase to the Norwalk Land Trust.  Easy, easy and every little bit helps.  Thanks.

Fodor Farm History  We are proud to have been an early supporter of  Fodor Farm.