Category Archives: Preserving Easton


Approximately 19 acres were purchased by the Aspetuck Land Trust. The remaining approx. 11 acres will be deeded with a permanent conservation easement approved by Town Meeting May 31, 2022. (Below)

Congratulations to all the Eastonites who worked together to make this happen!





Dear CFE member:

As you know, one of our primary objectives is to protect the public drinking water supply.

Easton’s three acre zoning areas were designed to do just that. Less density is the safest way to protect the water.

Section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes,  overides zoning by allowing high density development in the watershed as long as the Developer sets aside 30% of the units as deed restricted Affordable Housing. CFE is not against Affordable Housing, but we are against any high-density development on the watershed that impacts the public’s health and safety.

We have the opportunity to amend this Statue to exempt watershed lands, and we are imploring our Leadership to do that by proposing a bill to amend the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act – Connecticut General Statutes, Section 8-30g   by inserting the language “or is located in the watershed of a public drinking water supply reservoir;”  into Subsection (g) (2) (A).

This simple language addition will protect the State’s precious public water supply watersheds -our most precious natural resource

This is the letter we are sending to Tony Hwang-our state senator-

Please see the letters we sent to Senator Hwang accompanying our email.

If you feel as we do, the time to communicate with our leadership is now.


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CFE Farm Tour Draws Enthusiastic Crowds

PUBLISHED ON by Jane Paley and photos by Tomas Koeck

The weather was iffy as volunteers set up at the Morehouse Park pavilion on the Samuel Staples Elementary School campus Saturday morning. But the skies cleared in time for an estimated 300 arriving families to enjoy the 12th annual Citizens for Easton Farm Tour.

Before setting off on self-guided tours of the participating farms and historical sites, many families lingered to watch the fun and games and sip the lemonade that Joel Silkoff and his Easton Community Center staff had arranged for the younger set. Families also enjoyed snapping photos of their little ones atop the Haller family’s vintage tractor and beside the hay bales provided by Pond View Farm.

Master gardener Carol Hamilton and master composter Alpheus “Alph” Winter were on hand to answer questions and do demonstrations for more than 50 curious visitors. Members of the Easton Garden Club treated 80 young people to mini-lessons on how to grow sunflowers, and each received a potted sunflower to grow at home. The seedlings were donated by Sal Gilbertie. To help beat the heat, Adrienne Burke, owner of Greiser’s Coffee and Market, donated watermelon wedges.

Farm Tour visitors picked up maps and vied for prizes in CFE’s free drawing.

There was a free prize drawing and the lucky winners received gift certificates for farm goodies and one winner, a hand-blown glass heart paperweight created and donated by Jason Curtis.

Brittany Conover, who manages Shaggy Coos Farm said, “It was so great to see so many new and old faces and share our passion for agriculture. We love working with other local businesses and had a great time with Veracious Brewery. Looking forward to future farm tours!”

Corn hole contests and other games for kids were organized by Joel Silkoff and his ECC staff.

The honey at the Golden Pond Apiary, including mead for the grownups, went fast. Owner Howland Blackiston engaged in conversations with the many visitors who came for tastings and a chance to see his bees in action.

The Caprese salad sandwiches were a big favorite at Sherwood Farm: heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil on country bread with a splash of olive oil.

The Haller family tractor is a traditional spot for photo ops at the CFE Annual Farm Tour.

The Farm Tour is hosted every year by Citizens for Easton, an organization devoted to local preservation and conservation efforts and committed to promoting agricultural and farm-friendly activities.

All photos: Tomas Koeck


Click below to see our view of why we should retain this property as open space. It is the reason why Citizens for Easton was formed, and why Bill Kupinse was so passionate about keeping the property for present and future generations.


Petition may be signed online at

You may also sign at Greiser’s Coffee & Market, or email us at, and a Board member will swing by to obtain your signature.

For more information, click below to see letter to selectmen dated April 28, 2021.


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On the shirt tails of our referendum yesterday regarding the sidewalk, please join this informative forum this evening. Many issues that are on the table for discussion may be a jumping off point for why the sidewalks are becoming first and foremost at the forefront now.
Join us for a virtual forum on zoning changes that will affect your home and your town:
Date: Wed. March 31, 2021
Time: 6PM – 7:30 PM
Zoning, Land Use Issues & What is at Stake
Place: Please be sure to register here: connecticut-tickets-148291549015
Here’s why:
A dozen bills are proposed in Hartford that if passed will restrict your local zoning board’s authority to regulate land use without considering the uniqueness of each of our 169 towns in Connecticut.

Zoning boards must be able to rule based on local criteria like location, topography, flooding, traffic, parking, environmental issues, wildlife, open space, historic preservation, infrastructure capacity and what is already built nearby.
The panel includes State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Woodstock TPZ Chairman Dr. Jeffery Gordon, Kathryn Braun, Esq. TPZ Commissioner Fairfield, and Steven Mullins TPZ Commissioner West Haven.