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  November 2012
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Great News!  Another beautiful Suffield Farm is to be preserved!  The 58 acre Bielonko Brothers Farm along the CT River has been approved by residents for the purchase of development rights.  Details below.  Also remember to shop local for your holiday decorations.  Finally, please see a new state grant opportunity for farmland restoration.     

 Bielonko Farm on CT River to be Preserved




The Town continues its proactive approach to preserving its rural agricultural heritage.  Voters at the November 1st Town Meeting approved of the purchase of development rights on this beautiful 58 acre property along the CT River.  The total cost is $785,000 with $584,000 coming from a state grant from the Department of Agriculture and the balance of $201,000 coming from the Town's Open Space Account.  Thanks to the Bielonko Brothers for preserving this great farm, as well as our partners at the Department of Agriculture for the funding on this project.   Our partnership with the state has resulted in 1,115 acres being preserved in the last dozen years.







FFA Holiday Shop  
December 3rd-7th, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 


Purchase your wreaths, door swags, floral centerpieces, and kissing balls at the Future Farmers of America Holiday Shop at the Suffield Agriscience Center.  Click here for more details. 
Hilltop Farm Winter Farmers Market  


Hilltop Farm Saturdays December 1 & 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Buy Local. Buy Fresh.


The 2012 Suffield Winter Farmers Market features local farmers offering their own produce, dairy products, natural beef, baked goods, goat cheese and other value-added agricultural products.


Market visitors will also be able to buy homemade crafts from local artisans, as well as holiday items.

Interested vendors or anyone with questions or suggestions should contact Megan Hastings at 860-882-3148 or Eileen Moncrief at 860-573-9786.


Come celebrate the bounty and enjoy historic Hilltop Farm.


Farmland Restoration Program 


The Farmland Restoration Program (FLRP), made possible by Public Act 11-1, is a voluntary program with a main objective of increasing food and fiber production agriculture in Connecticut.  FLRP focuses on prime and important farmland soils, in accordance with a Farmland Restoration Program Plan (FLRP Plan).


The following is an overview of the application process:
  1. Submit the FLRP application.
  2. You will be notified via US Postal mail of the acceptance or rejection of your application.
  3. If approved, you can proceed with the development of a FLRP Plan in cooperation with your local USDA NRCS office or North Central Conservation District.
  4. Your FLRP Plan must then be submitted and approved by the CT Department of Agriculture.
  5. You will be notified via US Postal mail of the acceptance or rejection your FLRP Plan and notice of funding availability. 
Each farm can qualify for up to $20,000.  It is expected 250 farms can be served with the current available resources. 



Documents available for download in pdf format on the Department of Ag website include:       
     About the Program    
     Application Checklist     


Applications must be mailed to:
   CT Department of Agriculture
   Farmland Restoration Program
   165 Capitol Ave, Rm G-8
   Hartford, CT  06106 



Questions regarding the FLRP can be directed to J. Dippel,
or Lance Shannon, or via phone at 860-713-2511.   
If you have suggestions for topics to cover in future newsletters or other helpful information for local farmers then please send an e-mail to  Please support you local farmers and businesses!
Patrick McMahon
Suffield Economic Development Commission
83 Mountain Road
Suffield, Connecticut 06078