A new well has been dug to supply water to the gardens and henhouse.
We've installed a new fence on the south side of the entrance so we can secure the gate and prevent vehicles from driving in the fields.
Hilltop Chickens and Eggs
For the past few years, a Suffield High School Agri-Science Center student, Sydney Eitel, has been working to transform the Chicken Coop into a home for 23 ISA Brown hens.
With the help of volunteers from her school, her family, FOFAH
Children's tug of war at a recent Hilltop Farm Fest.
and the Suffield Rotary, the Chicken Coop was given a new life.
Now our "Hilltop Chicks" volunteers collect eggs and tend to the chickens daily. The eggs are being sold.
Ongoing Cultivation of our Orchard and Gardens
For the last several years, dedicated volunteers Bobbie Rogers and Joan Heffernan have been overseeing the development of our gardens and orchard.
Visitors from all over come to learn about our plants and enjoy the beautiful gardens.
Last summer, we were lucky to obtain the weekly help of a group of hard-working young
women from "out west" who were fulfilling their church service mission. We are hoping to retain their services this year, too.
We are indebted to the women, along with two brothers, David and Jack Fitzgerald, from Boy Scout Troop 66 in West Suffield. During last summer's drought the brothers helped transport water by hand to our gardens and orchard prior to our drilling a new well.