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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.

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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Five-Year Farm Business Plan Complete

By Trish Percival | July 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Five-Year Farm Business Plan Complete

Tons of volunteer time from board members Donna Snyder, Rocky Piccirillo and others, as well as some consulting support funded through a State grant, have helped the Friends of Holcomb Farm complete a Five-Year Business Plan for our farming operations at Holcomb Farm. The work sought to answer questions like: how has this non-profit business …

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FOHF Annual Meeting to be Held August 21

By Trish Percival | July 5, 2021 | Comments Off on FOHF Annual Meeting to be Held August 21

The Friends of Holcomb Farm (FOHF) will hold its Annual Meeting on August 21, 2021, at 10:30 am. The meeting will take place on the Knoll near the Seat on the Holcomb Tree Trail overlooking the main Holcomb Farm complex—the same location where we met last year. All “members” are welcome; a member is anyone …

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A Guide to What’s Growing on Our Tree Trail

By Trish Percival | July 5, 2021 | Comments Off on A Guide to What’s Growing on Our Tree Trail

The Tree Trail, in the east fields, across from the main campus of the Holcomb Farm, is growing and changing every day. The trail is free and open to all and offers paths for exploring, benches for relaxing, and signage identifying more than the 120 species of trees, including 60 that have been planted there …

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Tree Trail Continues to Grow

By Trish Percival | February 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Tree Trail Continues to Grow

The Holcomb Tree Trail volunteers completed the annual fall planting on October 17th, adding seven new trees to the trail, including one of each of the following: Amur Maackia, Yellowwood, Bald Cypress, Hornbeam, Hophornbeam, Eastern Redbud, and Ginkgo. All these trees were planted in Hillside Field, except for the Hophornbeam, which was planted on the …

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The Granby Drummer provides extensive coverage of the Friends of Holcomb Farm each month. To see the latest news from down on the farm, click here.

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