Grace Farms was designed to contribute to the public’s quality of life by providing a peaceful respite that inspires the exploration of wilderness, wildlife, and open space. Grace Farms Foundation has retained the property’s beauty as a rare piece of the Fairfield County landscape. Approximately 77 of the 80 acres at Grace Farms are protected in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, vital wetlands, and ponds.
Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden | National Wildlife Federation
Grace Farms cultivates native plants and follows a range of sustainable practices that provide food, water, and cover for critical wildlife species to raise their young.
Certified Monarch Waystation | Monarch Watch
Monarch Waystations provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
Member of the Xerces Society Pollinator Protection Plan | Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Grace Farms grows pollinator-friendly flowers that provide nest sites, and avoids pesticides. Through educational programs like Living Classroom, Meet the Bees, and nature walks, we also help spread the word on pollinator-friendly land practices.
Nature programming emphasizes multigenerational engagement, encouraging the public to discover the wonders of the natural world through experiential and educational programs. During all seasons, we welcome experts and guides who present native wildlife (e.g., hawks, owls, falcons, and reptiles), teach wilderness survival skills, and guide walks along our nature trails for our visitors. Grace Farms has also become a recognized birding enclave, hosting more than 100 species of birds on-site.
Our Community Garden is home to a variety of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, brambles, and native flowering plants that feed our pollinators.
Our native meadows are home to countless species of life, including over 100 species of birds, many different species of native bees, and butterflies.
We are committed to restoring endangered species and other wildlife at a local and international level by implementing solutions to protect these species from overexploitation. As part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Justice Initiative, we seek to build a coalition of individuals, NGOs, and law enforcement experts that can play a vital role in the fight against wildlife trafficking.
Combating Environmental Crimes
We work with partners across the globe to disrupt environmental crimes ranging from wildlife trafficking, to ivory poaching, to illegal logging.
Innovations in Protecting our Global Environment and Communities
An information discussion on how science and law enforcement collaborate in combating environmental crimes, the adaptability and the effectiveness in its implementation.
Our Nature Initiative has raised awareness and accelerated change around some of our most intractable environmental issues, building an impactful model to ensure a sustainable future.
Species of birds have been identified at Grace Farms, an increase from 40 species in 2015, as a result of restoring our native meadows
Pounds of trash have been collected along Norwalk River and Five Mile River during our annual Source to Sound river clean ups
Pounds of carbon are sequestered from the atmosphere each year by trees on Grace Farms' property
After converting 70% of our landscape from mowed lawn to natural meadows in 2021, and with restoration of the land, over 100 species of birds found their way brought back to the area including the Barred owl, Pileated woodpecker, Nashville Warbler, Song Sparrow, and more!
Nature Initiative Director Mark Fowler provided written testimony to the Connecticut State Legislature in support of Public Act No. 21-52, an Act Prohibiting the Import, Sale, and Possession of African Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, and Giraffes. The act became law and serves as another means to address the modern-day threats of illegal wildlife trafficking and unethical trophy hunting.
Joined the local and regional Pollinator Pathway initiative, a nation-wide movement that protects and establishes essential native habitats for pollinators, including bees and butterflies.
Established relationships to advocate for the preservation of open space and restoration of native habitats with organizations such as the Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy. Launched a collaboration with the Justice Initiative to develop international training programs to combat environmental crimes.
Brought back the American Kestrel to Grace Farms by restoring native meadows and installing nesting boxes. The Kestrel, the smallest and most common falcon in North America, is beneficial to the environment and farmers due to its consumption of crop pests.
Collaborated with our Arts Initiative to invite contemporary artist Kysa Johnson to create an immersive installation, Landscape Continuum, as part of our Earth Day celebration.
Established year-round free nature programing for people of all ages, offering exploratory opportunities of the natural world within our 80-acre preserve.