We Bought the Farm!
The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop, Inc. (FOFAH) is thrilled to announce that on September 4, 2013 we purchased Hilltop Farm ("Parcel B", 1616 Mapleton Ave, Suffield) from our landlord, Educational Properties II. The property includes the Dairy Barn, agricultural outbuildings, and acreage we have been leasing as well as: three houses, the garage, and roughly 7 acres of land we have not been leasing.
We are incredibly grateful to all of our members, sponsors, and supporters who have helped us reach this milestone.
FOFAH will be launching a capital campaign this fall and pursuing grant funding to defray the costs of purchase, and stabilize and preserve the structures.
We look forward to using this whole property as we reach for the future, establishing Hilltop Farm as a regional educational resource. See you on OUR farm!
Celebrating Volunteer Conservation in Suffield at Hilltop Farm!
Saturday, September 28, is National Public Lands Day. The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH) will celebrate over 10 years of leading volunteers in restoring and improving the public space at the Hilltop Farmstead.
On September 28, from 10:00AM-3:00PM there will be a celebration with displays and demonstrations on the topics of the nesting eagles, wildlife and the gardens volunteers have assembled.
At 12:00PM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the newly erected bridge over the wetlands area. The public is invited to participate with dignitaries from the business community along with State, and local government leaders.
This is the most recent conservation milestone in the completion of the wetlands mitigation project underwritten by Northeast Utilities. In this partnership of the town, FOFAH and the utilities company has been led by FOFAH volunteer, Board member and Conservation Commission member, Raymond Wilcox.
Over the years, the FOAFH volunteers from the region have worked to restore the public lands and have provided educational experiences on public lands for outdoor recreation and conservation at Hilltop Farm.
This will be the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
Come join the celebration on September 28 at Hilltop Farm!
We’re Planting the Seeds. . .
... for an educational center at Hilltop Farm where everyone benefits from the lessons of the land and its beauty.
Grow with us as we rehabilitate structures and bring this historic farmland back into production with crops, animals, conservation areas and experiential learning opportunities.
George M. Hendee of Indian Motocycle fame founded Hilltop Farm in Suffield, Connecticut, in 1913. Friends of the Farm at Hilltop holds a long-term lease to manage the property, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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