There is something about hardship (like, for example, a pandemic) that brings out the best in many, and the many supporters of the Friends of Holcomb Farm’s Fresh Access program is a case in point. In anticipation that our annual Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction might not happen, we began spreading the word early that the promised food would still be shared. In the spring, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving awarded us $15,000 to make sure the food got to those in need. Then, throughout the past few months, person after person has surprised us with contributions to the cause. One young woman sent the equivalent of her stimulus check; several other annual fund contributors wrote off-cycle checks in support of the cause; and a long-time local faith-based group increased its support. As reported at our recent Annual Meeting, and thanks to these examples and many more, when the year is over, we will have donated more than 12 tons of fresh, chemical-free produce to the Granby community, and beyond.
As the pandemic continues, we must find ways to continue to support food-insecure families. For the safety of our community, we will not be holding a Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction this year. This saddens us because we love to gather with our friends each fall and celebrate the harvest – and because the Harvest Dinner is our largest annual fundraiser for Fresh Access. We encourage all who are lucky enough not to be affected by this pandemic to consider supporting Fresh Access with a gift of any size – perhaps the cost of the dinner ticket you would have purchased – so that we can continue to help those in need. To help, go to www.holcombfarm.org and click on Fresh Access.