Farmlands

Hawk Hill Farm

Project Description

It took five grants to acquire this 45-acre farm (23 acres of prime soils) and then $54,000 in personal donations and a $10,000 tag sale to restore the 1870’s “bank”-style barn, now filled with hay. The farm also includes an easy, one-mile walking loop from the barn on Duncaster Road that connects to trails in the adjacent LaSalette Park with views of the Hartford skyline and Metacomet Range. (See Trail Maps for more info.)

Plans call for the trail to become part of the LaSalette Trail, a regional walking trail that will connect Filley Pond Park in the center of town to the New England Scenic Trail in Penwood State Park.

Click here for a Google Map of Hawk Hill Farm. Bloomfield
Disclaimer: Map property boundaries are approximate.

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Lisa Lane Farm

Project Description

One block from Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield’s most densely populated neighborhood sits Lisa Lane Farm, 10 acres which has been farmed continuously since the 1930’s. It is owned by the town of Bloomfield with an easement from the Wintonbury Land Trust. The farm now provides callaloo, Scotch bonnet peppers, and other vegetables to the predominantly West Indian neighborhood.

A diverse group of neighbors tend 12 organic community garden plots aided by the well installed in 2016.

Walking trails around the perimeter of the farm fields and the greenhouse respect and showcase food production. Lisa Lane Farm is a focal point for food, nutrition, and health education.

Click here for a Google Map of Lisa Lane Farm
Disclaimer: Map property boundaries are approximate.

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Thrall Farm

Project Description

Acquired in 2007 as a conservation set-aside, this 12-acre parcel at 490 Old Day Hill Road, Windsor, included a tobacco barn and historically-significant potato barn, a pond, and eight acres of “prime” farmland – all in disrepair. We developed an innovative equity lease with Newgate Farms, passing ownership of the land to the farmers as they earn it by improving the property. The Land Trust retained conservation rights. The land has been cleared and, with the help of WLT donors and three state grants, the potato barn is close to being restored. In 2017 we saw the first harvest from the land. Look for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on the property in the near future!

Click here for a Google Map of Thrall Farm, Windsor
Disclaimer: Map property boundaries are approximate.

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