Granby Land Trust: Annual meeting and hike ends on a sweet note

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Photo by Shirley Murtha

Peter Dinella, left, and Rick Orluk.

On Oct. 14, the Granby Land Trust held its annual meeting on the site of two of its most recent acquisitions: the Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve and the Ann Pelka Preserve, on Silver Street in North Granby. 

About 60 GLT members hiked the 154-acre Holcombe Preserve before returning to the Pelka Preserve for a dessert buffet and the annual meeting. Members brought amazing homemade desserts to share and the GLT served Grassroots Ice Cream in custom-made flavors, including Chocolate Chip Pancake made with Emery Farm maple syrup, Apple Crisp made with Lost Acres Orchard apples, and Fresh Raspberry made with Holcomb Farm raspberries. (A portion of the land that both Emery Farm and Lost Acres Orchard occupy is preserved forever through conservation easements held by the GLT. Holcomb Farm is one of Granby’s most exciting agricultural enterprises and a historic Granby farm.) Cindy Dixon, of the Higley Garden Cart, donated gorgeous dahlias for the centerpieces. 

The meeting culminated with the presentation of two awards. An Unsung Hero Award went to Peter Dinella, who serves as a volunteer photographer for the GLT. Dinella takes gorgeous photos of our properties and events.