2014 Bolton Land Trust Walk of Thanksgiving

Today was the annual Bolton Land Trust Walk of Thanksgiving. This year’s walk was a the Fish Family Farm, one of Bolton’s wonderful working farms. The 211 acre parcel is split by Bolton Center Road.

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The history of the farm (long before it was owned by the Fish Family) goes way back to before the Revolutionary War, and is located near the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route. Don Fish purchased the farm in 1981. The Fish Family have 51+/- Jersey cows and 30+ chickens. The creamery is well known for its dairy products, including ice cream. It appeared that everyone (except the vegans!) enjoyed ice cream, following our winding walk around the perimeter of the property.

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We explored Old Bolton Road, which used to cut through the farm, but is no longer an active road. It is overgrown now, but you can still make out the original route, which the Town of Bolton still has a hand in maintaining.

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Don Fish shared his history of the farm with 91 members and guests of the land trust. It was a great event that ended with the formal annual business meeting. The highlight for me was seeing the cow tunnel that goes under the “new” Bolton Center Road, the paved version. I’ve driven over that tunnel multiple times a day for more than 10 years and had no idea it was there. Seeing the tunnel and walking under the road made my day!

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It was nice of the Fish Family to share their farm with the community and host us for the walk. It is important that Connecticut retain its farms and farm history. Too many farms have been developed. The Bolton Land Trust performs a great service to the community by highlighting the importance of land conservation.

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