Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dinners at the Farm, August 10-14


We will again be hosting Dinners at the Farm this year - and reservations have already started booking up fast.  For ticket information, click on this link:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Barberry Hill Farm CSA 2016 Enrollment Open

This is the time of year...
...for farmers (and the rest of us) to think about seeds.

"Winter in the garden is the season of speculation, a time when the snow on the ground is an empty canvas that invites the idle planting and replanting of countless hypothetical gardens between now and spring thaw.  A season of speculation in the Wall Street sense too, for now is when large wagers of gardening time and space are made on the basis of mere scraps of information." - Michael Pollan, Second Nature
"The future of the human race will depend on combining the cleverness of science with the wisdom of nature." - Charles Linbergh 
"Seventeen thousand different varieties of wheat have been produced, many of them the result of centuries of cultivation in a specific ecosystem with the best seeds saved each year and planted the next   The variation in plant varieties is related to the variation in cultures from one bioregion to another." Bill Duesing, Living on the Earth
The darkest month of the winter is over.  A window of sun starts us thinking about warmer days.  And in many farmhouses right now, people are planning the acquisition of seeds.

We live in a world that now has the unparalleled capacity to produce vast amounts of mediocre products.  Food production has already been that way for the last thirty years or so.

But small farms provide alternative.  Many would rather pay more for real food than pay more for doctors (or restaurants).

Those who write their checks for their summer CSA/Farm Share this time of year understand that they literally are providing seed money.  And when farmers have a bit more resources earlier, they can buy a better selection for the season to come.

Heirloom and Local Seeds Need Less and Give More

Painfully separating the seeds from a flower which is almost impossible to buy in the quantity required for a farm.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Barberry Hill Farm featured in Connecticut Food & Farm "Weddings on the Farm" Winter 2016 Issue



We are thrilled to be featured in Connecticut Food & Farm's Winter 2016 Issue!  Read the article here
Thank you Winter Caplanson for the beautiful pictures and great write up!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Barberry Hill Farm included in GetawayMavens Top 20 Destination List for the Northeast

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Things To Do In Clinton and Madison, CT

VISIT: Barberry Hill Farm, Madison; If you’re looking for eggs warm from the henhouse, if you need a bunch of flowers cut for your 4’ vase, if you’re in the market for organic produce or just want to stand among sheep, cows and chickens to feel like a farmer for a few minutes, come to Kelly and Kingsley Goddard’s 25 acre working farm.  Recently heralded in New York Magazine as a great place for weddings, Barberry Hill is as rustic and authentic as it gets, and if you arrive during a busy time, you may be put to work.  Former High School English teacher Kingsley took over his Dad’s farm – what he describes as a “typical farm at the turn of the century” after his Dad passed away. It’s a fascinating look at a vanishing way of life.  Informal tours offered, but call first.

http://www.getawaymavens.com/top-20-destinations-in-northeast-usa/

Thank you Getawaymavens!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Late Fall Farm


This time of year, leaves from nearby yards are collected to build up the soil and allow farming without chemicals.