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We survived the deep freeze and the January thaw. There are many activities to keep us active at Hilltop Farm and to enjoy the winter.

Super Bowl Sunday Fun Run at Hilltop Farm!

S tart Superbowl Sunday with a Super Bowl Sunday Fun Run at Hilltop Farm! The February 4 run, hosted by The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop, will feature a beautiful, family friendly, 5k trail that leads runners through the grounds at Hilltop Farm. No registration or reservations needed - just show up! Start time will be promptly at 10 a.m. with refreshments and a warming station to follow.

This is your ticket to a guilt free super bowl. All ages welcomed! Fan attire encouraged! Run, walk, or do the wave through the course or simply enjoy walking the grounds.

Call call 860-758-0668 for more details.

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Annual Appeal Update

Our heartfelt thanks for your generous response to our annual appeal. Your donations not only support us financially but they are a clear indication that FOFAH is on the right track and that we make a valuable and meaningful contribution to our community.         Thank you! Thank You!


The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count 
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The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH) invites you to participate in t he 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count. The 21st Annual GBBC is scheduled for 
Friday, February 16  through Monday, February 19.

FOFAH challenges birders of all levels of skills and experience to come to Hilltop or go to your own back yard. Simply log on to http://gbbc.birdcount.org and register. Then tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!

The Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
 
Since 1998, thousands of people of all ages and walks of life have joine d the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

Thanks to people like you, the 2017 event was a huge success.  An estimated 150,000 bird watchers from more than 130 countries joined in!  Participants submitted  181,537  bird checklists reporting 6,252 species with  29,606,467 birds counted!

Suffield photographer and birder, Libby Lord has captured the images of over 35 different birds at Hilltop! You will see her photographs in a poster,
The Birds of Hilltop, at the entry kiosk.
Help make this the most successful count ever by participating this year in the Great Backyard Bird Count!

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Orchard Workday and Wassail

On Saturday, March 10, FOFAH welcomes the community to an Orchard Workday and Wassail at Hilltop Farm. For the past several years, FOFAH volunteers have been clearing and preparing an area in the "Secret Garden", developing the area into an orchard. The plan is to grow several varieties of heritage apples for cider making. Through several grants from the North Central Connecticut Health Department- Fruit Trail Grant, FOFAH has been able to improve the soils and create the orchard.

At the March Orchard Workday, there will be a workshop on the grafting of fruit stock from 10-11:30 AM. Grafting is the technique where a section of a stem with leaf buds is inserted into the stock of a tree. During the May Orchard Workday, the fruit trees will be planted.

For the second part of the Orchard Workday FOFAH has scheduled a Wassailing the Orchard from 12-1:00PM where friends and community will come together to bless the trees and living things in the new orchard. The ancient tradition of Wassailing, which includes singing to bless land, trees, bees and livestock. 

We'll learn blessing songs for the apple trees and other farm critters, and then process to the orchard to Wassail the trees! Children and families are most welcome (though there will be some quiet listening time). Dress warmly for the weather: bright colors and bling of any sort is most appropriate!  The Wassailing program will be led by Sarah Stockwell-Arthen of EarthSpirit.  To register for the workshop, please call call 860-758-0668.

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Attention Vegetable Gardeners!    Time To Plan Your Garden 

The National Garden Association provides a free Garden Planting Calendar at  https://garden.org/apps/calendar.

Just enter your zipcode and it will provide all kinds of useful information about the vegetables you are planning for your garden. Learn when to expect the last frost date, when to start the seeds for each kind of vegetable and when to transplant them into the ground in the Hilltop Community Garden or your own backyard! 
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.