Farm Fest 2012: A Commitment to Preserving our Agricultural Legacy in Suffield, CT

| 9/5/2012 10:26:00 PM

Tags: Farm Fest, Suffield Connecticut, Farming, Agriculture, Rural Pride, Farming Community, Farming History, Kathy Shea Mormino,

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I live in Suffield, Connecticut, a small, rural community with a rich, farming history dating back to the 1600s. Each year, the town  gathers to celebrate our past and commit to preserving the town’s agricultural legacy at “Farm Fest.”  This past Labor Day weekend, we participated in the 10th Annual Farm Fest at Hilltop Farm, the focus of which is clearly on entertaining and educating the children about the importance of respecting and caring for our farmland and community. Our children enjoyed activities from harvesting potatoes to shucking corn, milking cows to riding ponies, riding in a tractor parade and observing bees making honey.

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Next year, I think I'll bring real chickens and eggs to give the town's kids the full experience.

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The tractor parade is always a highlight for us.

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 2:06:12 AM

Sorry, Robin. I called you Amy, long day. Congratulations just the same Robin! :)

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 2:05:30 AM

Amy, congratulations! You have won your choice of a Grit Magazine Special Edition: Guide to Backyard Chickens, Backyard Rabbits, Backyard Bees and Honey or Baking Bread!! Please email me with your address and preference and we'll get it right out to you!

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 2:03:29 AM

My pleasure Amy, thank you!

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 2:02:56 AM

There's always next year, Rachel! See you there. :)

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 1:59:32 AM

Good for you Tami! It is a wonderful town, we love it. :)

amy arnold
9/8/2012 1:20:05 PM

Wow, what a beautiful farm! What a great group of people for preserving it and what a wonderful idea to share it with the community! Definitely need more of these activities everywhere! Thank you for sharing!

rachel salinardi
9/8/2012 1:01:24 PM

I would have loved to bring my 3 kids to your festival! I live in CT also, but somehow managed to miss this event. I think it's so important to teach our kids about farming and homesteading.

patricia furner
9/8/2012 12:22:30 PM

What a great event for your community! We are a rural community, but it seems like not many kids get to enjoy agriculture. As a "farm-kid" I certainly get it...and have my own mini farm to help my son experience agriculture. We, as a society, can't let our kids forget about agriculture, since it is the backbone of our nation!

tami seibold
9/8/2012 8:10:50 AM

Looks like a fun time! We are working to be more connected to the land both for us and for our children. We hope to instill our children with a love of animals and a sense of doing for ones self. Looks like a fantastic community to be a part of.

kathy mormino
9/7/2012 7:12:28 PM

Thank you for visiting my blog, Karen!

kathy mormino
9/7/2012 7:12:12 PM

I think it starts with the kids, Joyce. Unfortunately many of the important values are lost on them these days. I think it's my job to make sure my children learn what matters and where their food comes from; events like this really help me do my job. :)

kathy mormino
9/7/2012 7:10:23 PM

Hi Jessica. Thank you very much. It's nice to have you with me here at Grit Magazine online!

kathy mormino
9/7/2012 7:09:52 PM

Thank you, Robin!

karen smiddie
9/7/2012 6:07:40 PM

Love all the chick pictures, inspires me to photo ours.

joyce scott
9/7/2012 5:36:10 PM

I loved the history behind this and how you try to connect everyone to the land. We need more of that today and for people to realize our resources will only last for as long as we value what we have!

jessica casteel
9/7/2012 5:35:12 PM

I love all of your articles! Always very informative!

robin fallot
9/7/2012 5:22:41 PM

What a beautiful place to live! These get togethers are always fun and a nice way to spend the day with family and friends. Need so many more of these! Thanks for sharing and thanks for all the information you provide to all us newbes

kathy mormino
9/7/2012 5:15:41 PM

We look forward to it every year!

esther widgren
9/7/2012 5:08:01 PM

Looks like fun was had by all. I LOVE these kinds of activities! Wish I could have been there :-)

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