6th Annual Farm Tour a Success — Thank you!

Lots of excitement surrounded this year’s Easton Farm Tour. Over 500 participants signed in at the information booth to tour Easton’s Farms and Farm stands. Thank you to everyone who came! We were happy for the opportunity to show you what our town offers in the way of local agriculture and true community spirit! We don’t think any other town in Fairfield County offers as much as Easton does in the way of farms and farm stands.

And a big thank you goes out to the Easton Volunteer Fire Company who graciously lends us the use of their Firehouse Green each year and to all who worked to make the event such a success! Without our dedicated volunteers this event could never have happened.

Most of all, thank you to the farmers in Easton who continue to till the land and bring forth healthful bounties of locally produced agricultural products and services. We consider ourselves truly blessed to live in a town where it is possible to drive, bike, or walk down the road and purchase natural fibers for spinning or weaving, healthy food, locally grown fruits and vegetables, that come straight from a neighbor’s field to our tables within hours of picking, and other agricultural resources.

Thank you all, and remember: Easton *is* a Farmer’s Market – you don’t have to wait for the Farm Tour to visit our farms and get fresh goods straight from the earth! Come anytime! Our farms and farmers will be waiting for you, and won’t disappoint you!

6th Annual Easton Farm Tour — Saturday, August 16th, 10AM to 3PM

Join us on Saturday, August 16, for the 6Th Annual CFE Easton Farm Tour!

Event: 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour
Dates: August 16, 2014
Times: 10 am – 3pm
Location: Start your self-guided tour at the Easton Firehouse Green, 1 Center Road, Easton, CT
Admission: FREE
More info: http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/
Directions: http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/getting-to-the-farm-tour/

Join us for the 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 16, from 10am to 3pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. This event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check in and pick up a map and pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.

Fun for the whole family! Come and enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer and learn where your food comes from. Enjoy tastings, pony rides, antique farm tool exhibit, old-time fun and games, petting zoo, greenhouse tours, Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm, and pick your own activities, art exhibits, and hands-on workshops throughout the day!

Discover the opportunities to visit Easton year-round for your season agricultural products and services, including fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, classes on animal husbandry and healthy eating.

Learn what farming was like for children and adults in the 18th and 19th century from the Easton Historical Society at the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Homestead. Children and adults alike will and demonstrations of wool cleaning, carding and leather tanning, beeswax candle making and flax harvesting/preparation throughout the day. The 1816 historic house will be open for tours and docents will be on hand to answer questions. The 1860 barn will feature 18th and 19th century farm tools and discussion about period grain gardens.

Visit the Easton Public Library, celebrating its 8oth anniversary, and browse the many books on the Easton Farm Tour reading list and tour activities. This year the Easton Library and the Easton Arts Council team up to highlight the work of Connecticut artist Kate Henderson who in addition to showcasing her work from her Nature of Abstraction show, is running a workshop for kids at the Easton’s Library’s Community room during the Farm Tour. Kate is exhibiting pastels, lithography prints, and digital media prints, including pieces from her Cyto-illusions series that start from cellular microscopy images that she then transforms into abstract environments. Kids will be able to view nature at the cellular level, plants cells and seeds, under the microscope and create their own artistic creations. Come see nature from the inside out. Fun for the whole family!

Citizens For Easton, event sponsor, invites you to come on back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment on the green and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support our Easton farmers and farmland preservation. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas, The Easton Banjo Society will be performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will engage you in some old-time fun and games. Learn about “growing your own” at the Master Gardener booth. Visit with the Easton Public Library and pick up your copy of the 2014 edition of the Easton Farm Tour Reading List. Learn about farming in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School from the Easton Agricultural Commission. Visit with members of the Easton Arts Council and learn about the Nature of Abstraction exhibit and workshop at the Library Community Room. Learn how The Aspetuck Land Trust is a friend to agriculture and devoted to preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport and learn about the 34-acre Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve, once a dairy farm, now open in Easton.

This is truly a community event in celebration of farming in Easton – past, present, and future. So, come and meet us at the green, have lunch, listen to music and visit our farms.

Save the Date: 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour — Saturday, August 16 from 10AM to 3PM!

6th Annual Easton Farm Tour: A self-guided tour of Easton Farms – a celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT.

 

Event:                  6th Annual Easton Farm Tour

Dates:                  August 16, 2014

Times:                  10 am – 3pm

Location:             Start your self-guided tour at the Easton Firehouse Green, 1 Center Road, Easton, CT

Admission:          FREE

More info:          http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/

http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/getting-to-the-farm-tour/

 

Join us for the 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 16, from 10am to 3pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms.  This free event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check in and pick up an event map and pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.

 

Fun for the whole family! Come and enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer and learn where your food comes from. Enjoy tastings, hayrides, pony rides, living history with the Easton Historical Society, old-time fun and games, petting zoo,  greenhouse tours, fruit  and vegetables fresh from the farm, and pick your own activities.

 

Visit the over 10 Easton farm locations participating in this year’s tour.  Discover the opportunities to shop in Easton year-round for your season agricultural products and services, including fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, rare and unusual orchids, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, or classes on animal husbandry and healthy eating. Learn about 18th and 19th century farm life from the Easton Historical Society at the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farm.

 

Citizens For Easton, event sponsor, invites you to come on back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment on the green and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support our Easton farmers and farmland preservation.  Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas, Dan Tressler’s String Fingers Band   will be performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will engage you in some old-time fun and games.  Learn about  preserving and storing the produce from local farms and how to “grow your own” at the UConn Master Gardener booth.  Visit with the Easton Public Library and pick up your copy of the Easton Farm Tour reading list. Learn about farming initiatives on town land from the Easton Agricultural Commission. Learn how The Aspetuck Land Trust is a friend to agriculture and devoted to preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport and learn about the 34-acre Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve, once a dairy farm, now open in Easton.

 

This is truly a community event in celebration of farming in Easton – past, present, and future. So, come and meet us at the green, have lunch, listen to music and visit our farms. FREE – donations welcome. For more information visit the Easton Farm Tour Website at:  http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/  or contact us by email at farmtour@citizensforeaston.org    

 

Town considers locating cell tower near Elementary school

The newly elected First Selectman has indicated that he is considering locating a cell tower within less than half a mile of Samuel Staples Elementary School:

http://www.eastoncourier.com/8255/first-selectmans-notes-three-goals-for-easton-in-2014/

http://weston.dailyvoice.com/politics/easton-look-cell-towers-land-use-concerns-2014

Citizens for Easton (CFE) is concerned over this development, as are many private citizens in town.

CFE is currently looking at alternatives that might provide the wireless coverage the town is seeking without introducing additional conventional cell towers. One such alternative is a Distributed Antenna System (DAS). These systems are commonly used to provide wireless coverage in similar facilities.

CFE understands the need to provide for safety enhancing communications in town, especially at our schools. However we believe that there may be less invasive ways of implementing an effective system and that these alternatives have not been fully explored.

CFE is currently researching these options. We are in contact with technical experts and area municipalities who have experience with such solutions.

As always, CFE hopes to work constructively with all parties involved to find the best solution – one that will enhance safety and communications in our community while preserving the rural character and beauty that we all cherish.

Farm tour in full swing!

Cricket rocks the Farm Tour

“Cricket Tell The Weather” rocks the Farm Tour

The weather is wonderful and the Farm Tour is in full swing! The Band “Cricket Tell The Weather” is playing up a storm on the Green and happy ag fans are enjoying themselves out on Easton’s farms! You still have time to come by, get a map and get out to the farms!

Hulu Hoops

Hulu Hoops

Join us for the 5th Annual Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 3pm.

Save the Date! Join us for the 5th Annual Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 3pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. This event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Meet us here to check in and pick up an event map & pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.

We invite you to consider the Easton Firehouse Green as your home base throughout your tour. On the Green you can enjoy food, music and family entertainment. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas –will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizza, Dan Tressler’s “Cricket Tell The Weather” band — one of our most talented Easton musicians — performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will be on hand with some old time fun and games for the entire family. “This day will capture the essence of days long gone with the simple enjoyment of a small town, a few farms and wholesome family time” said Lori Cochran -Dougall, co-chair of the Easton Farm Tour.

Save the date! Check here for details!

The Numbers Do Not Add Up for the Town Green District

I AM DORI WOLLEN OF 8 CEDAR HILL LANE.   WE MOVED TO EASTON 37 YRS AGO AND CHOSE EASTON BECAUSE OF ITS RURAL CHARACTER, STRICT ZONING, GOOD SCHOOLS  AND LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE.    I  ASSUME THAT ALL OF US WERE ATTRACTED TO EASTON FOR THE SAME REASONS AND THOSE   WHO WERE LOOKING FOR CONVENIENCE MOVED TO SURROUNDING TOWNS INSTEAD.   

WHAT CHANGED?   TO MOST OF US VERY LITTLE.  PERIODICALLY SOMEONE COMES FORWARD WITH A BRIGHT IDEA, HOW ABOUT CHANGING OUR ZONING AND CREATE A COMMERCIAL DISTRICT OR ENHANCE ONE.  WHY DO WE NEED A BANK?  MOST OF US BANK ON-LINE OR USE AN ATM.  GREISER STORE HAS AN ATM MACHINE AND SO DO ALL SUPERMARKETS.  NOT SURE ABOUT THE VILLAGE STORE.  WHY DO WE NEED A BAKERY?  SILVERMAN’S, THE VILLAGE STORE AND GREISER STORE (ALL GRANDFATHERED ESTABLISHMENTS) CARRY BAKERY GOODS.   WHY DO WE NEED A CLEANERS?   THERE ARE CLEANERS ON OUR WAY TO THE SUPERMARKETS,  LESS THAN 20 MIN FOR MOST OF US.  IN FACT HAVING A CLEANERS IN TOWN WOULD BE AN EXTRA, UNNECESSARY TRIP FOR MANY OF US.  A REAL ESTATE OFFICE AT BLUEBIRD LASTED  FOR LESS THAN A YEAR, IF I REMEMBER IT CORRECTLY.

WOULD A SMALL COMMERCIAL ZONE HELP OUR TAXES?   NO.  USING THE NEW MILL RATE FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR, WE WOULD NEED ABOUT 25 VILLAGE STORES TO MAKE A 1% DENT IN OUR TAXES, AND 247 VILLAGE STORES FOR A 10% DENT.    AND THESE NUMBERS DO NOT INCLUDE ADDED INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS OF POLICE, FIRE AND EMS.  DOES IT MAKE SENSE BREAKING ZONING WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT TAX  BENEFITS?  THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS ARE A RESOUNDING NO. FURTHER, NOW AS A MEMBER OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION,  I NEED TO REMIND YOU ALL THAT PART OF THE LAND IN QUESTION ABUTS WETLAND AND WHETHER IT IS A CONFORMING OR NON-CONFORMING LOT,  WE HAVE STRICT REGULATIONS THAT NEED TO BE FOLLOWED.  

 ALSO, I  WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE EXISTING ZONING VIOLATION ON 450 SPORT HILL ROAD ISSUED  ON MARCH 21, 2013 AND CONTINUES TO BE OUTSTANDING,  IS DULY NOTED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION. 

IN CLOSING , I AM AGAINST GRANTING A SPECIAL PERMIT FOR THIS AND ANY OTHER SIMILAR COMMERCIAL, NON-FARMING RELATED  ACTIVITY.