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 How pretty is this picture? This is a shot of Glastonbury’s own community farm, Wind Hill Community Farm. While this farm has been somewhere on my consciousness for a few years, it finally reached my radar a few weeks ago when the Executive Director asked if I’d consider teaching a canning class. Well, that was a no-brainer, of course I would. But her call just whetted my appetite to learn more about this nonprofit venture.

dairy farm recycle

As I understand, the Town of Glastonbury purchased this dairy farm to conserve open space and Wind Hill Farm operates on a portion of the land. Last year was their first full year of operation and they got off to a great start.  They offered raised-bed plots for seasonal rental (organic only, thank you!). At the gardens you’ll find compost pile, well water, and folks willing to offer gardening advice. But check out their web site for the other community outreach activities such as plant sales, farm-to-table hosted dinners, classes, food demonstrations, and more. All the activities that you would expect from a community farm.

and more this year

For 2013, in addition to the organic raised bed plots, Wind Hill Farm is offering modest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares. I was invited to help make the seed selection, and I can tell you that there will be wonderful goodies in your weekly basket, such as lettuces, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, and more. If you are interested in more information, contact them directly. Their class offerings include gardening, seed selection, cooking, canning (of course), and more. As you would expect, the cost of the classes is a nominal $10 per session. Then, beginning in May and continuing through October, there will be cooking and tasting demonstrations on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. I know that I’ll want to take in as many of these yummy events as I can with chefs from Pond House Grill, Birch Hill Tavern, Whole Foods Market, and others still to be announced. You can register for classes and tasting event on their web site.

community farms, our local resource!

It’s community farms like this that help keep our food supplies local and help to educate folks about the importance of food and land stewardship.

red raspberry jam

red raspberry jam — what else would you expect?

Yes folks, there’s still time to learn about canning while making red raspberry jam. Check out the updated class schedule for details about the class scheduled for November 10, 2012.

new classes for 2013

I’ve partnered with the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service to develop a lecture/workshop series entitled, Glastonbury Grown: Gardening and Eating Locally. Here’s the series description from the Parks and Rec catalog :

Eating locally and sustainably is a theme that has grown in importance in the United States since its beginnings in Alice Waters’s kitchen in Berkeley. How do we accomplish this in Glastonbury with our cooler climate and our all-too-busy lives? This new program offers six one-night presentations that explore ways to take ownership of the food you grow or buy, eat, and serve to your families; it includes a mix of sustainable gardening and local food topics. The series has been developed by long-time resident, locavore, and author Jackie Callahan Parente in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System. 

Check out the Classes page for more information. The Parks and Rec Department will handle registration for these classes.

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