Granby Officials Applaud $$ for Holcomb Farm

July 17, 2013

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that 14 small towns throughout Connecticut – including Granby – are being awarded grants under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) to be utilized for certain capital improvement projects, such as road and bridge upkeep, public water system maintenance, and other municipal facility projects.

“These STEAP grants are critical to many small towns across the state that need this funding to complete important capital improvement projects that otherwise may never get financed,” Governor Malloy said. “These are funds that will have a lasting effect on the towns for years to come, whether they are for necessary transportation system upkeep, downtown revitalization, renovation of historic buildings, public works improvements, or other various construction projects. By partnering together, the state and local governments can make meaningful improvements that directly impact residents and help small towns maintain the New England charm that makes Connecticut so unique.”

Funding for Granby is as follows:

$500,000 for the construction of a parking lot and rehabilitation of buildings at Holcomb Farm. The parking lot is designed to be environmentally friendly with both standard and porous asphalt. Rehabilitation of buildings will allow the town to move forward with its plans for agricultural tourism and will provide a unique barn setting for weddings and other social gatherings. The space may also be made available for nonprofit agricultural and open space preservation organizations. The Granby Land Trust currently has its office at Holcomb Farm. The farm’s trails are used by area residents for a variety of recreational activities.

“Since assuming responsibility for the operation and maintenance of Holcomb Farm in 2012, the Town of Granby has worked diligently to develop a plan to enhance this agricultural treasure and provide greater access,” Granby First Selectman John E. Adams said. “The STEAP grant will enable the town to improve parking areas and access to the facilities using environmentally sensitive construction practices. Working with our community partner, Holcomb Farm, Inc., Granby will continue to enhance the facilities and grow the enthusiasm to sustain this community farm for generations to come. We thank the State of Connecticut, Governor Malloy and Secretary Barnes for their acceptance of our application.”

“Among the many farms that are visible while driving along Route 10 and Route 20, Holcomb Farm has become a well-known Connecticut destination,” State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) said. “They have taken an active role in providing learning experiences to children and adults throughout the state as well as continuing to operate as a working farm. With rolling hills and a rich agricultural heritage, this area of Connecticut is truly God’s country. We appreciate this substantial investment in this area gem.”

“I’d like to thank the Governor for graciously providing the Town of Granby and Holcomb Farm with the funding we need to improve one of the great attractions in our community,” State Representative Bill Simanski (R-Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland, New Hartford) said.