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

By Trish Percival | July 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Fresh Access Thanks – and NEEDS – You

By Trish Percival | October 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Fresh Access Thanks – and NEEDS – You

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 …

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Holcomb Farm’s “Volunteer Part-Time” Executive Director

By Trish Percival | October 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Holcomb Farm’s “Volunteer Part-Time” Executive Director

By Shirley Murtha In the absence of a true executive director, when the Friends of Holcomb Farm board president Bob Bystrowski saw the need for a person to bridge the goals of the Board with community and financial resources, he tapped Granby resident Jenny Emery for the job. Emery had joined the Board in 2014 …

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Friends of Holcomb Farm Hold Annual Meeting

By Trish Percival | September 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Friends of Holcomb Farm Hold Annual Meeting

by Shirley Murtha It was masked and socially distant, but the annual meeting of the Friends of Holcomb Farm was held on August 16 in a spot with a beautiful view on the Tree Trail across the road from the main campus of the farm. After a brief walk lead by Eric Lukingbeal, Friends president …

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Friends of Holcomb Farm to Benefit from Auction of Painting by Local Artist

By Trish Percival | August 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Friends of Holcomb Farm to Benefit from Auction of Painting by Local Artist

Fine artist Kate Emery is auctioning an original oil painting to benefit the Friends of Holcomb Farm, a Granby-based organization devoted to preserving historic farmland and utilizing sustainable farming methods to feed local families and help neighbors in need. The landscape painting, Holcomb Farm – East Fields View, depicts the antique house and barn on …

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