Holcomb Farm spring plant sale

Don’t miss Holcomb Farm’s Spring Plant Sale! If you’re considering planting your own garden—or even just a few pots on the deck—come to the sale at Holcomb Farm on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 6–8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Bee a Hero for Mother Nature

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. Climate change, habitat loss, intensive farming, and pesticides are all major contributors to losses of both native insect pollinators and commercially managed honeybee colonies in the United States.

Fresh Access success story

Six years ago, the Friends of Holcomb Farm (FOHF) Fresh Access program that provides produce grown at the farm to people in need, set a goal to increase its impact. We focused on serving Granby, first—through the Senior Center, Social Services, and the Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Frequent readers of this column know that I hurt my leg and have been less than 100 percent. I have recently gone back to work in the office and the women I work with decided to help me out with a food train.

Invasive Action 2 and What’s Invasive? Second Invasive Action Day Spawns a Habit

Twelve energized volunteers from Granby and Simsbury gave native plants breathing room and a chance to thrive at two West Granby sites on March 13. The bracing winds and cool temps gradually abated through the morning and complemented the internal heat produced by cutting, uprooting, dragging and flattening invasive plants.

Friends of Holcomb Farm

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for so many, and the Friends of Holcomb Farm sends its heartfelt hope for comfort for all with loss. We also know from the snowshoe and ski trails throughout Holcomb Farm that many have found some consolation in their (re)discovery of all that Granby has to offer in open spaces, woodland trails and scenic views.

Introducing Eric Lukingbeal

Having been born in Farmersville, Ohio near Dayton, and having two sets of grandparents who were farmers, Eric Lukingbeal is no stranger to agriculture. Although his first job was not what you’d call romantic (picking big green cutworms off of tobacco leaves), he developed what would become a life-long appreciation for farming.

Easy Peasy Shrimp Bake

Well, 2021 is off to an interesting start—instead of going to Florida as I had planned at the beginning of February—I decided to fall down a step and go to the ER. No broken bones, but some messed up tendons and muscles in my leg.

Winged Euonymus / Burning Bush Euonymus alatus

A colorful, apparently innocuous shrub that can grow over 10 or 15 feet tall, the winged euonymus displays wild fall color ranging from light pink to fire red. In March, before leaves sprout, it’s easily identified by unusual “wings” on side branches.