Year in Review 2020: Easton’s Farming Community

Easton has a uniqueness that separates it from so many other communities in Connecticut.  Farming has remained an integral part of life here from its earliest beginnings. Unlike many parts of New England, the history of Easton has never disconnected from the farming community.

Sherwood Farm has been operated by generations of the same family for more than 300 years, while others, like Sport Hill Farm, represent a new generation of farmers. 

Each farm has its own rich story that contributes significantly to the identity of the town. In addition to their cultural component, Easton farms have generated a sizeable economic impact by providing fresh produce, dairy, meat, and other food products readily available to residents. 

The farms also provide events and activities that are open to all. The Aspetuck Land Trust’s historic purchase of Gilbertie’s Farm for $2 million marks the nonprofit organization’s first working farm acquisition. The purchase protects a 70-acre agricultural block in perpetuity for farming and open space.

The Courier’s ongoing documentary series on farming chose to focus on a number of these farms. Here are links to just some of the stories:

Sherwood Farm Preserves the Past, Embraces the Future

Harvest Happiness at Silverman’s Farm

Gilbertie’s Organics Reaps Bountiful Harvest

Shaggy Coos Farm Under New Management

J&L Orchids Bloom in Easton

Easton Tree Farms Provide Holiday Cheer Amid Covid-19

Sport Hill Farm Celebrates 20 Years

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