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Summer is Finally Here! Time to move outside, slow down and enjoy the local beauty.  There is so much going on at Hilltop Farm!  There is something planned for everyone .... and every interest.  Come Up to Hilltop Farm.... See You There! 

The Birds of Hilltop by Libby Lord, Photographer


When you enter Hilltop Farm, please enjoy the newly posted pictures of "The 32 Birds at Hilltop Farm". 
Over the past few years, local photographer, Libby Lord, has been regularly documenting these wild birds in their natural environment. See if you can identify any of our winged Suffield friends. 
How many can you identify? 
June at Hilltop Farm

In June, FOFAH will celebrate two important days to explore the out of doors in your own back yard. Both events, the CT Trails Day and CT Open House will be held at Hilltop Farm.

CT Trails Day, Sunday, June 5   1- 5

 Help "tidy up" the bridge area in the Open Space, that are Suffield Town owned and FOFAH managed . Volunteers will also learn about invasive plants and have the opportunity to weed out the "Invasive Plants". FOFAH will offer a chance for you to explore and walk the trails of Hilltop Farm. Walk the bridge over the wetlands that were restored a few years ago and if you are lucky, the nesting bald eagles will pay a visit.

Volunteer groups from your work, clubs, schools or scouts are also welcome to assist FOFAH in the maintenance of the wetlands. 
 


CT Open House Saturday, June 11, 2016  10- 2 

This is the annual statewide celebration to promote   awareness among our citizens in all the unique treasures
Connecticut has to offer. Hilltop Farm is one of those Connecticut trea sures. You will also be able to see the Barn, tour the Farm and see   the Butterfly Garden and the newly establish Pollinator Garden.

Let's celebrate the good things right here in Connecticut!

Bald Eagle Golf Outing June 26

You are invited to join The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop celebrate American Eagle Day and and our own nesting eagles at Hilltop Farm at our Bald Eagle Golf Outing on Sunday, June 26.
 
This is a major fundraising event that is organized by WMG, of Suffield.

The event will be hosted at the Suffield Country Club at 341 North Main Street in Suffield, CT. Registration is at 11:30am, with a 1:00pm Shotgun Start. 

If you don't golf, you can still support FOFAH. Dinner is at 6:00pm and costs $75. If you are unable to attend, you can donate to be a tee sponsor for $100.

Participants will need to complete and return a sign up form available through WMG.

If you have any questions or would like to make your reservation, contact Donna Murphy or Melissa Walsh at 860-386-2500 or email  baldeagle@windsormarketing.com  with your details.
Recent Grants Awarded to FOFAH
FOFAH is honored and proud to have been awarded two grants in the past month.

The first grant was awarded by the Friends of Suffield to support the Summer Nature Programs. Through the grant, the Nature Explorers Program will have new science equipment and more! 

The second grant came from the Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving The funding is designated to purchase a portable stage and sound equipment. You will see these items at Hendee Day & Vintage Motorcycle Rally on July 23.

Through these grants, FOFAH can offer a variety of low cost and free family programs. We greatly appreciate the support of the these organizations that continue to share FOFAH's vision for Hilltop Farm.  

Summer Nature Programs

Through Hilltop's  Nature Explorers Program, children will spend time outdoors, discover the natural world, meet new friends, and have fun! This nature and science-based program has been designed for inquisitive children ages 4-12 and will be led by CT certified Science teachers.  

Participants will explore the natural, local wildlife at Hilltop  through through STEM based experiments and activities developed by UCONN. The bugs, birds, trees and water will be explored under the direction of teachers and naturalists. There will be fun and adventure stories to be shared for time to come.

For scholarships or additional information, program brochures are available through the website  www.HilltopFarmSuffield.org/programs or by calling 860-758-0668. 

Mark your Calendars!  More FOFAH fun is Scheduled for this Summer!

Come to our (Somewhat) Annual  Hendee Day & Vintage Motorcycle Rally on July 23 from 10-4.

History buffs will not only enjoy the historic property but will have the opportunity to meet people associated with early Indians and George Hendee and see their memorabilia. In past years, riders of all brands of motorcycles new and vintage have attended as well as people who enjoy being at the farm and getting to see bikes.
To join the Hendee Day & Vintage Motorcycle Rally committee, contact The Friends at 860-758-0668 or  Info@HilltopFarmSuffield.org.
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Get Ready for the the  Harvest Dinner & Silent Auction  on Sept 3 and Farm Fest 2016
on Labor Day, Sept 5. 

Seating is always limited for the Harvest Dinner, so please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Early Bird Table of 10 Tickets are available at $600 until July 15. Table of 10 priced after July 15 at $750. Individual Price is $75 (May 1- August 15). After August 15, as available.  You may purchase tickets by mail from FOFAH,  Inc.,PO Box 372, Suffield, CT 06078 or  www.HilltopFarmSuffield.org/events


Annual Farm Fest is planned for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5 10-3. This is our annual fun, free family event. Exhibitors, crafters and fun activities are the focus of the day. There is also our famous Cow Chip Bingo event. Parking is a $5  suggested  donation.

Thank You's

FOFAH would like to acknowledge the great work done by Bill's Landscaping, LLC of Enfield. Owner, Bill Guzie has done a great job in directing the huge cleaning up effort after a winter of work on the garage and houses. Trucks and dumpster are the signs of progress but left their marks. Top soil and seeding have gone a long way to make the property look more friendly.

The students of Windsor Locks'  Pine Meadow Academy have been performing their service learning hours at Hilltop throughout the school year.  We would never have been able to keep up the the regular maintenance of the property without their able and energetic assistance.  We thank them and wish them a great summer vacation.

Welcoming Billy C's Local Raw Honey

T his year we are welcoming Bill Crawford and New England Apiaries to Hilltop Farm.  Last week Bill installed three pallets of bee hives just east of the red bull barn, near the Community Gardens.  He will be donating some of the collected honey to The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop.  We plan to sell it at Farm Fest in September!

FOFAH is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to restoring Hilltop Farm into an educational and recreational resource for the community. All donations go to the improvement of the farm. Many thanks to the volunteers for their dedication and community support that has allowed FOFAH to advance the restoration of the Hilltop Farmstead.