About Holcomb Farm

Aerial View of the Farm 2

Holcomb Farm

Holcomb Farm is a 312-acre working historic farm located in the heart of West Granby, Connecticut. It is comprised of:

  • A nonprofit, mixed-vegetable production farm that produces abundant, delicious produce without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We grow on 26 acres of Town-owned property for a 450 member Summer CSA, 100 member Winter CSA, wholesale customers, our farm store, and our food donation program, called Fresh Access.  We use only chemical- and GMO-free methods and sign the Northeast Organic Farming Assocation of Connecticut’s Farmer’s Pledge.
  • 10+ miles of trails that are open to the public, from dawn to dusk. Our trails connect to McLean Game Refuge and Granby Land Trust trails, and wind their way through the beautiful, varied terrain of rural West Granby, in the foothills of the Berkshires. Learn more.
  • The Holcomb Tree Trail, where nearly 100 trees are labeled with their common and botanical names; and interpretive signs teach readers more about the trees and the landscape. Learn more.
  • A beautiful banquet facility for life's special events. All private bookings are handled through the Town of Granby's Parks and Recreation Department.
  • A community gathering place in a historic New England setting.
  • A nonprofit organization that does good work in Hartford County. Through Fresh Access, we donated more than 12 tons of fresh produce to people in need in 2021. In addition, through the Friends of Holcomb Farm and our CSA, we host periodic events that celebrate healthy living, almost always free-of-charge, and open to all.

The farm is operated collaboratively by the Town of Granby and a Board of Directors composed of local citizens.

Follow Us on Facebook

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
1 day ago
Holcomb Farm

That’s our Jack Lareau!A little overdue, however, thank you to Friends of Holcomb Farm Jack Lareau who took us on a wonderful walk last Friday. Jack told us many interesting things about our Holcomb Farm property including how trees communicate and that there was a Native American encampment on the land. Jack was wonderfully patient, too, and happily let our little friends explore and play on their own, as well. Here they are pausing to make and play on a makeshift see-saw!

📸: A.F. (current parent)

#naturebathing #inquirybasedlearning #preschool #holcombfarm #westgranby #playbasededucation #playbasedlearning #childcenteredlearning #openendedlearning #fallingranby #fallinct #ittakesavillage
... See MoreSee Less

That’s our Jack Lareau!

Comment on Facebook

Kids and the great outdoors are meant to be together!

We have a thank you card for him that the children made. Hopefully, he can stop by sometime to pick it up!

2 days ago
Holcomb Farm

The Simsbury Library hosted a gingerbread house contest and look at THIS! Many thanks to the artists, and to Amber Abbuhl, Deputy First Selectman in Simsbury, for letting us know.

“Simply Radishing” won first place in the adult category and was submitted by Shannon Reid and Tammy Bylund!

(Unfortunately, the show has ended for this year)
... See MoreSee Less

The Simsbury Library hosted a gingerbread house contest and look at THIS!  Many thanks to the artists, and to Amber Abbuhl, Deputy First Selectman in Simsbury, for letting us know. 

 “Simply Radishing” won first place in the adult category and was submitted by Shannon Reid and Tammy Bylund!

(Unfortunately, the show has ended for this year)

Comment on Facebook

Very nice job... I do know how long it takes to do this kinda of project.. koodoos to u....

Well sweetheart this is your auntie it's about time you learned love you

4 days ago
Holcomb Farm

We are heartbroken to report that someone has torn sprigs of winterberry from shrubs on the Holcomb Tree Trail. First off, it is illegal to remove vegetation from open space land. Second, this property is preserved land – protected from development not only for human enjoyment, but for the benefit of the plants and animals that live there. Winterberry is a native shrub that provides nectar and pollen for bees and beneficial insects in the summer and is one of the only food sources for hungry birds in the coldest months of winter.

We agree that its berries are beautiful, but please: plant a winterberry shrub in your own yard, where it will brighten your winter landscape and attract many species of birds. When visiting Holcomb Farm, or any other open space land, please take nothing but pictures. (And friends, if you see anyone helping themselves to the plants at Holcomb Farm, please notify us. Thank you.)
... See MoreSee Less

We are heartbroken to report that someone has torn sprigs of winterberry from shrubs on the Holcomb Tree Trail. First off, it is illegal to remove vegetation from open space land. Second, this property is preserved land – protected from development not only for human enjoyment, but for the benefit of the plants and animals that live there. Winterberry is a native shrub that provides nectar and pollen for bees and beneficial insects in the summer and is one of the only food sources for hungry birds in the coldest months of winter. 
 
We agree that its berries are beautiful, but please: plant a winterberry shrub in your own yard, where it will brighten your winter landscape and attract many species of birds. When visiting Holcomb Farm, or any other open space land, please take nothing but pictures. (And friends, if you see anyone helping themselves to the plants at Holcomb Farm, please notify us. Thank you.)Image attachment

Comment on Facebook

I can’t recall-are there signs posted not to do this? I know there are at McLean trails. Maybe if there aren’t-we could fundraise to get signs posted at trail entrances?

Elizabeth Gaines Guidice I bought a male and female at Meadowview 2 years ago. You can find the shrub at most nurseries but I saw it at Bosco and Warner. But you will only need a female as I have a male.

Where could one find winter berry bushes to plant? And how do you know if you have female/male bushes?

The same was reported to have happened on walking trails in Simsbury. So frustrating!

My across the street neighbors have a gorgeous one and it’s huge! They let my parents take holiday photos in front of it. 💚

We are hopeful that by sharing photos here and through our recent post about the same damage in Simsbury that more people will become aware of the importance of not only leaving native plants alone, but also planting them in their yards. The more we provide for insects, birds and other wildlife in our home yards, the less of an impact this kind of damage will have. We -obviously - are upset by the disregard for plants on public property (the damage in Simsbury) and private property (Holcomb Farm), and hope these PSAs will stop people from doing it, but also see this as an opportunity to encourage people to turn their yards into native plant sanctuaries!

So sorry to see this! While it can be tempting, always respect and protect preserved and public open spaces. Most of your neighbors will share if you ask!

This is so wrong. Disrespectful to wild nature

Same in Simsbury.

You'll need to plant a Male and a Female for the Female to send out Berries.

Torn sprigs?

View more comments

Load more
Scroll to Top