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Farm Tour – Rain or Shine at New Venue @ Samuel Staples Elementary School

Join us for the 9th Annual CFE Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 2pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. This year we have moved our home base to Samuel Staples Elementary School Pavilion, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check in to pick up a map, enjoy old timey games, get a bite to eat while getting the details on which farms are doing what when. Why move? We are growing and the SSES Pavilion provides a home with more parking, room for food trucks, a field for games and the perfect space for a Community Picnic to follow the Farm Tour.

Fun for the whole family! Come and enjoy the many year-round farming delights that Easton offers. Enjoy tastings, pony rides, antique farm tool exhibit, hayrides, 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.

Visit the Easton participating farms to discover the opportunities to shop year-round seasonal food, gifts, agricultural products and services. Easton provides fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, classes on growing, pollinating, animal husbandry, bee keeping, and healthy eating. Learn what farming was like for children and adults 100 years from the Easton Historical Society at the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farm and antique tool demonstration.

Citizens For Easton (CFE), 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. Visit their booth for an opportunity to enter “big red basket raffle” and learn about the CFE mission to preserve Easton’s rural qualities and open space. To learn more about the  CFE mission visit https://citizensforeaston.org/about/.

Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company, Dan Tressler & Friends will be performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will engage you in some old-time fun and games. Easton Garden Club will run a workshop for kids on planting Sunflowers. Learn about “growing your own” and composting at the Master Gardener and Master Composter booth. Learn about farming in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School 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.

Directly after the Farm Tour, you are invited to the 1st Annual Community Picnic to be held from 2:30 – 4:30 at the Pavilion. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company. Dan Tressler & Friends will be performing live music, and there will be a family kickball game for all to enjoy. We will open a community table for your favorite dish to share or enjoy the food trucks and kick back with tunes from Dan. Bring your chairs, blankets, BYOE (Bring Your Own Eats) and willingness to have a good time to the SSES Pavilion on Saturday, Aug 12 from 2:30 – 4:30.

“This annual tour is truly a collaborative community event in celebration of Easton – past, present, and future.” said co-chairs Jean Stetz-Puchalski and Lori Cochran-Dougall of the Easton Farm Tour.  “Agriculture has been a part of Easton’s character and culture for nearly three hundred years and our tour celebrates this unique heritage, supports today’s local farming, and shines a light on the importance of planning for farmland preservation.”

Thank you to Citizens For Easton for sponsoring this annual event! See you at the Farm Tour on Saturday, August 12! Rain or shine!

— Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Co-Chairs, 9th Annual Easton Farm Tour.

CFE Farm Tour new location: On grounds of Samuel Staples Elementary School

By Easton Courier on July 31, 2017

Citizens for Easton invites the community to its ninth annual Farm Tour at a new location to accommodate the growing popularity of this annual self-guided tour.

This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County, is set for Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Samuel Staples Elementary School, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton.

Visitors can check in and pick up a map, play old-time games and grab a bite to eat while getting the details on which farms are doing what, and when.

The Easton Pavilion on the grounds of Staples school provides a home with more parking, room for food trucks, a field for games and space for a community picnic to follow the farm tour.

The whole family can experience the year-round farming delights Easton offers.

Visit the Easton participating farms to discover the opportunities to shop year-round seasonal food, gifts and agricultural products and services. Easton provides fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, classes on growing, pollinating, animal husbandry, bee keeping, and healthy eating.

Learn what farming was like for children and adults 100 years ago from the Easton Historical Society at the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farm and antique tool demonstration.

Citizens For Easton, event sponsor, invites guests to come back to the pavilion throughout the afternoon for food and entertainment and to visit some of the organizations that support Easton farmers and farmland preservation.

Skinny Pines — an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza — will be on site with its mobile, wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company, Dan Tressler & Friends will performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will offer old-time fun and games.

Learn about “growing your own”  and composting at the Master Gardener and Master Composter booth.  Learn about farming in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School 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 space in Easton.

Directly following the Farm Tour, the Community Picnic will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Pavilion. More details to follow on the Community Picnic.

“This annual tour is truly a collaborative community event in celebration of Easton — past, present, and future.” said co-chairs Jean Stetz-Puchalski and Lori Cochran-Dougall of the Easton Farm Tour.  “Agriculture has been a part of Easton’s character and culture for nearly 300 years and our tour celebrates this unique heritage, supports today’s local farming, and shines a light on the importance of planning for farmland preservation.”

CFE Farm Tour – Join us after the Farm Tour for a Community Picnic!

The 2017 Citizens for Easton’s Farm Tour is on Saturday, August 12th from 10 am to 2 pm, and this year the starting point for check in and maps to the farms is Samuel Staples Elementary School (SSES), located at 515 Morehouse Road, Easton. New this year: The CFE Community Picnic! All are welcome to come back to the SSES Pavilion at 2:30 for a BYOE (Everything) picnic. We will provide the music (Dan Tressler), an awesome space, family games and guaranteed good times. Skinny Pines Pizza Truck and ice cream will be available for purchase. Come and join us for what is sure to be a great way to wrap up your day after touring Easton’s fabulous farms!

CITIZENS FOR EASTON – LAST YEAR’S FUN FARM TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

9th Annual Citizens for Easton Farm Tour is Saturday, August 12

Mark your calendar for the ever-popular Citizens for Easton Farm Tour on Saturday, August 12th from 10-2. This year the new starting point to check in and pick up your map to the farms is Samuel Staples Elementary School, located at 515 Morehouse Road, Easton. Come and enjoy the agricultural delights, food, fun, and educational activities as we celebrate Easton’s farming community.

Paris Climate Accord withdrawal sparks local activism

A view of the Saugatuck Reservoir from Popp Mountain in Trout Brook Valley in Easton. — Photo courtesy of Aspetuck Land Trust

By Susan Hunter on July 3, 2017 in the Easton Courier

President Donald Trump’s June 1 announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has spawned reactions from environmental activists on local, state and national levels. The resounding message locally is that work to combat climate change and threats to the environment is stronger than ever in Easton and other communities.
Verne Gay, president of Citizens for Easton (CFE), terms Trump’s decision “a spectacular disappointment. It’s frustrating for people like me, people who are community activists interested in environmental issues,” he said,
CFE’s goal is to preserve the town’s rural and natural character.
The federal government is “ceding moral leadership,” Gay said, and local communities “have to be the one to take the lead. It means everyone has to double down and be more dedicated. If the country is going to cede that position, it’s more incumbent on communities and individuals to step into the breach. You lead from the bottom up.” Gay referred to the familiar phrase, “Think globally, act locally” to sum up his feelings.

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