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Holcomb Tree Trail Receives Prestigious “Civic Improvement Commendation” from the Garden Club of America

By Trish Percival | June 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

It was not long ago that the East fields of Holcomb Farm – the 100-acre hill across the street from the main farm complex – was an overgrown pasture thick with oriental bittersweet, wild grapes, Japanese barberry, and multiflora rose. Then, in October of 2018, members of the all-volunteer Friends of Holcomb Farm came together …

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New Look for Fresh Access Van!

By Trish Percival | June 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Check out the new dress we put on our Fresh Access Van! Purchased with grant funds, this van is being used to deliver Granby-grown food to organizations in Hartford and other area towns, who then distribute it to people in need. Now, to help spread the word about Fresh Access, we have branded the van! …

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Environmental Winners on Earth Day

By Trish Percival | June 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Friends fielded (see what I did there?) TWO teams for the Granby Education Foundation’s (GEF) Gran-Bee event this year, which coincided with Earth Day, and winners they were! Three Friends of Holcomb Farm – members of our amazing Farm Crew – took time off from planting and gave the eventual winners a real challenge, …

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University of St. Joseph Students to Create Documentary Film on Fresh Access

By Trish Percival | May 1, 2022 | Comments Off on University of St. Joseph Students to Create Documentary Film on Fresh Access

Students and faculty in the digital media program at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford are creating a documentary film about Holcomb Farm’s Fresh Access program. They are interviewing people who have been involved in the growth of the Fresh Access program since its inception, including First Selectman and former Friends of Holcomb …

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Volunteers Plant 6 New Trees on Tree Trail

By Trish Percival | November 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Volunteers Plant 6 New Trees on Tree Trail

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 | Comments Off on It Takes a Village!

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 | Comments Off on No Harvest Dinner

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 | Comments Off on Recognizing Shirley Murtha

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 | Comments Off on Hurricanes Flood Farm

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 | Comments Off on Friends of Holcomb Farm Share Annual Report

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.

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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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