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Volunteers Plant 6 New Trees on Tree Trail

By Trish Percival | November 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Holcomb Tree Trail to the east of Simsbury Road continues to develop and grow, thanks to the enduring commitment of our volunteers. Here’s Eric Lukingbeal’s report from October 16th:   It was a perfect day for working outside, with light winds and no rain. Six trees were planted, staked and caged with hardware cloth. …

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It Takes a Village!

By Trish Percival | November 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Thralls Donate 1100+ Pounds of Fruit While the wet summer has not been great for vegetable growing, it has been super for fruit, and the bounty at the Thrall Family Homestead Farm in neighboring Windsor was overflowing. What to do? Friend and neighbor Sarah Thrall called and said “come on over and pick what you …

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No Harvest Dinner

By Trish Percival | October 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

With the delta variant taking its toll, we have made the tough decision, again this year, to forgo the Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction fund raising event for the Fresh Access Program. Still, our work goes on, uninterrupted, and people who otherwise would not have access to fresh local produce do, because of the Friends …

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Recognizing Shirley Murtha

By Trish Percival | October 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

At the Friends of Holcomb Farm Annual Meeting on August 21, the Friends recognized Shirley Murtha for her considerable and ongoing volunteer contributions to the Friends of Holcomb Farm. Shirley was awarded the “Holcomb Farm Friend” Award, and was presented with a sign made of 100-year-old original barn board, which was created and donated by …

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Hurricanes Flood Farm

By Trish Percival | October 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers, Please stop dancing! Signed, Joe the Holcomb Farm Farmer In the May 2021 Drummer, we spoke of the continuing drought conditions in our region and encouraged believers to embrace the practices of our indigenous peoples and do a rain dance. Well, that was then, and this is now. On top of a normally …

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Friends of Holcomb Farm Share Annual Report

By Trish Percival | October 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Click here to view the Friends Of Holcomb Farm 2020-2021 Annual Report. Learn about all of the activities and initiatives that make up the whole of Holcomb Farm — from the CSA to the Holcomb Tree Trail to Fresh Access — and how we all work together to serve our community.

Wheeler and Holcomb Farm: From Farm to Family

By Trish Percival | September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Wheeler’s Farm to Family initiative, which makes fresh produce available to clients for free through a partnership with the Friends of Holcomb Farm’s Fresh Access program, was featured in the New Britain Herald. Read the full story here.

Holcomb Farm Featured in Regional Magazine

By Trish Percival | August 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Holcomb Farm Featured in Regional Magazine

Rebuilding Greenhouse #5 (in our “Free” Time)

By Trish Percival | July 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Rebuilding Greenhouse #5 (in our “Free” Time)

Farmers are known to require skills that go well beyond planting and harvesting. Sophisticated knowledge of soil chemistry and its impact on nutrition come to mind. Mechanical skills are required to keep the equipment operating. And, of course, there is construction. To wit: back in February of 2019, some serious wind, accompanied icy cold, and …

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Fresh Access Featured in HFPG Annual Report

By Trish Percival | July 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresh Access Featured in HFPG Annual Report

In its 2020 Annual Report, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG) highlighted its support of the Friends of Holcomb Farm’s Fresh Access program. Early in the pandemic, the Friends of Holcomb Farm applied for – and received – a $15,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s COVID Response Fund, so that we …

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