Focus on Farm Shares

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

veggiesCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) or buying directly from the farm is gaining in popularity as more and more people wish to know more about the origins of their food, who grows it, how it is grown, and how we can support the farming community. Below are three Connecticut farms that are well worth a visit.

 

Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain

This not-for-profit farm is dedicated to growing quality, certified organic produce year-round. Its main crops are salad greens, cooking greens, heirloom tomatoes and herbs. Also grown are sweet and hot peppers, Italian and Asian eggplants, melons, cucumbers, assorted summer squashes, zucchini and other southern New England crops. Year-round they harvest lettuces, salad greens, kales, chard, spinach, collards, herbs and more from their greenhouses. The farm is a member of the North Oak NRZ and is one of two urban farms in the Connecticut. Urban Oak is committed to being a working farm, to the children in our neighborhood who they consider to be the children as the future of urban farming. Urban Oaks offers Winter and Summer CSA’s.

Location: 207 Oak St. Between Allen St. & Lasalle St.

Hours: Year-round on Fridays from 2 pm – 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm.

Phone: 860.223.6200

Email: urbanoaksorganicfarm@gmail.com

Holcomb Farm, Granby

Holcomb Farm is a 367 acre working farm and community gathering place, operated collaboratively between the Town of Granby, Connecticut and a Board of Directors comprised of local citizens. The property was donated to the Town of Granby by Laura and Tudor Holcomb. Generations of previous Holcombs have worked the land since the early 1700’s. By agreement, activities at the Farm center around Education, Agriculture, Arts and passive Recreation, in accordance with a long-standing Plan of Use that stems from the original donors.

The farm’s mission is to preserve, promote and protect the agricultural heritage of the Farm and legacy of Laura and Tudor Holcomb.  One program is Fresh Access, a charitable food donation program. Fresh Access pays for donation of 10% – 15% of the Farm’s crop production to social service agencies both locally and throughout metro Hartford, to provide fresh, healthy, crunchy produce to people who may not have regular access to healthy food, especially fresh vegetables.

Holcomb Farm is offers many events and activities, including concerts, art classes, education and exercise. One of the primary activities at Holcomb Farm is farming and they are dedicated to responsible agriculture, sustainable growing practices, and fresh, local food. They have more than 27 acres of cultivated land, growing a variety of vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers. Most of the food they grow goes to their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shareholders.

Hours:
Trails – Dawn to Dusk
Buildings – Based on event hours
CSA – Tues 2-6; Thurs 3-7; Sat 9-1

Location: Holcomb Farm is located at 113 Simsbury Road West Granby, CT 06090

Phone: (860) 844-8616

Sub Edge Farm, Farmington

In the 1920’s the farm was purchased by architect Theodate Pope Riddle. She named the farm “Sub-Edge” and used the farm to educate the students of her school, Avon Old Farms, about agriculture. During World War II the farm became part of the Old Farms Convalescent Hospital. Blinded veterans lived on the farm and were trained to adjust to living without sight and were taught new skills like bookbinding, woodworking and farming. In the second half of the 20th Century the farm was stewarded by the Fisher Family who preserved the land as open space forever into the care of the town of Farmington and Avon.

Today the family farm grows five acres of vegetables, fruits, flowers and culinary herbs. They offer a 100 share CSA program, have a farm shop and do wholesale to local restaurants and schools. They raise pigs, broilers, layer hens and 100% grass-fed beef. Their crops  are certified organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC. Owners Rodger and Isabelle bring a passion for good clean food to their growing and are committed to sustainable and organic farming practices.

Location: 199 Town Farm Rd, Farmington, CT 06032

Contact: Email: hello@subedgefarm.com

Hours: Will re-open for the season; contact the farm for hours

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