Friends of Holcomb Farm

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Make Holcomb Farm part of your end-of-year giving

So much good is happening at Holcomb Farm—for the benefit of not only Granby residents, but residents throughout the region—and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our members. Our members are our supporters, plain and simple. Make a gift to Holcomb Farm and you are considered a member for the year. Nothing is asked of our members, and in return for your membership, you will receive advance notice of special events at the farm. You also will get the satisfaction of knowing you supported a community resource that grows healthy food without chemical pesticides, provides the public with opportunities for outdoor recreation, is building an educational Tree Trail for public use, mows meadows and manages invasives to support the pollinators—and enhance our views—helps feed people in need, includes hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat, and pays homage to our past with an eye always toward the future.

If you’re a current member, thank you, and we hope you will renew your membership for 2023. Our annual appeal drive starts now. If you’re not yet a member, please consider supporting our organization through an annual gift of $25 or more. You can donate online at (click on “Donate”).

Funds donated by our members support all our programs, including Fresh Access through which we provided $80,000-worth of fresh produce to people in need last year, and the Holcomb Tree Trail—our arboretum/interpretive trail, where our volunteers have planted approximately 80 trees and have created a series of fascinating, educational signs about the trees, wildlife, and history of the area.

We hope you will consider supporting this vibrant community organization this year.

Add local veggies to your fall meals

Our Winter CSA sold out in record time this year, but you still can get your hands on some delicious Holcomb Farm vegetables. If you haven’t tried Holcomb Farm carrots or sweet potatoes yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. What could be better for your Thanksgiving meal than delicious local produce, grown sustainably on a historic New England farm? Here are opportunities to buy Holcomb Farm veggies this month:

Start November Right Veggie Sale at Holcomb Farm Store, 111 Simsbury Road, Nov. 4 and 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Big Thanksgiving Veggie Sale at Holcomb Farm Store, 111 Simsbury Road, Nov. 18, 19, 21 and 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thanksgiving Market at Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, Nov. 21, 1-7 p.m.

Winter CSA Shares have sold out, but you can still get your hands on some delicious produce, grown right here at Holcomb Farm, by attending one of our special sales this winter. You can get winter squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens from our greenhouse and much more. Go to for details. Photo by Melody Smith.

Summer CSA Feedback

Our Summer CSA shares sold out again this year, and the farm was hopping all summer long. Our crew worked hard in the hot fields to provide the community with beautiful, delicious, nutrient-dense vegetables. Here’s some of the feedback we heard:

“The CSA produce has been exceptional this year. The variety and quality are the best. Thank you to you and all the farm workers.”

“Always a great experience.”

“Thank you so much! We are so appreciative of your hard work and have loved our summer share. We are so happy to be able to continue into the winter!”

“We’ve enjoyed coming to the farm. Staff are always friendly. The vegetables, and fruit, taste so much better than what you can buy in the store. Thank you for what you do!”

“Thank you to Holcomb Farm – love the farm and the experience of picking up my CSA.”

“Always a wonderful experience. Friendly, comfortable, relaxing and grounding.”

“This is my happy place!”

“First time shopping here- loved the fresh amazing offerings- I’ll be back!”

“Always friendly staff.”

“We LOVE Holcomb Farm!”

Think you’d like to participate in the Holcomb Farm CSA next summer? Go to our website today and sign up to receive emails from Holcomb Farm so you’ll be among the first to hear when shares go on sale!

Melody Smith, a member of our amazing Farm Crew, wed Joshua Welch in a beautiful ceremony at the Farm on Oct. 1. It rained hard that day and the barn area was muddy, but Melody knew she could count on her fellow crew members to keep her gown out of the mud. Photo by Lyndsay Hannah Photography

Tree Trail Hikes Update

Sunny and pleasant weather with occasional light breezes greeted 15 walkers at the Holcomb Tree Trail on Open Farm Day. The group walked the mowed grass paths to view and learn about the 80 trees of over 30 species planted since October 2018.

Barry Avery and Eric Lukingbeal led the group, describing how the trees are watered (5-gallon buckets driven uphill in a Subaru), where they are sourced (Rare Earth Nursery in Cazenovia, N.Y., O’Brien Nursery in Granby and Bosco’s Nursery in Simsbury), and how invasive plants are managed with volunteers and no chemicals.

The tour lasted almost two hours. Friends of Holcomb Farm offers tours of the Tree Trail to interested groups of all ages. The Trail is also open to the public 365 days from dawn to dusk.

Happy fall from the Farm Crew at Holcomb Farm. Photo by Emma Hoyt