Holcomb Farm

Location: Holcomb Farm

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Location Description

Holcomb Farm, founded in 1719, provides fresh, pesticide-free produce through its Community Supported Agriculture and Fresh Access programs. Visitors enjoy special events, educational programming, and expansive grounds. Its hiking trails are open to the public, dawn to dusk daily.

Visit: Meet Your Vegetables!
08/02/2011
A few years ago when my family became members at Holcomb Farm we discovered a new vocabulary of vegetables: rutabaga, kohlrabi, swiss chard. Each week we took home not just a share of vegetables but a lesson plan. We learned about beets' edible greens, what time of year to expect arugula, and that new standby kale soup recipe. On a sunny August day, the Media Lab traveled to Holcomb Farm in West Granby. As I tried to capture their story, I heard my own narrative echoed back many times over. For all the members interviewed, joining the Community Supported Agriculture program had been a metamorphosis. It changes how members eat, how they think about food, how they expect a tomato to taste.

Touring the farm, I delighted in seeing where that transformative produce comes from--from the tomato hoophouse, to beds of cabbage, and even seedlings still waiting to be planted. We watched as members flocked to the pick-your-own fields for everything from green beans to raspberries. We also, however, saw parts of the farm that don't fit in my canvas tote bag: The farm's history stretches back to 1719. The sprawling 367 acre grounds include an extensive trail system open to the public. The farm further makes a concerted effort to reach beyond itself, supplying fresh pesticide-free produce to people in need through its Fresh Access program.

The day, like our weekly bag of produce, was full of unexpected delights. I rode on a truck bed, picked a sunflower, and tasted cabbage still sandy from the field.

Cooked carrots are my favorite vegetable, but that cabbage is a close second.

- Molly FitzMaurice

Credits

Interviewers: Molly FitzMaurice, Greg Hill

Videographers: Emily Kwong, Ben Gordon, Paul Pfeffer

Photographer: Kat Amershadian

Editor: Molly FitzMaurice

Animator: Sam Hockaday

Director of Educational Services: Donna Sodipo

Manager of Educational Services: Paul Pfeffer

Director of Online Services: Derrick Ellis

Web Designer: Lauren Nauheimer

Many thanks to Jill Ford and the Holcomb Farm Staff.

To learn more visit http://www.holcombfarm.com