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On Monday, April 21st, ShopRite of Canton store owners Chuck Joseph, Sr. and his son Chuck Joseph, Jr., presented Avon Land Trust President Christine Graesser with a check in the amount of $2,500.00.  The Josephs concluded a successful reusable bag rebate program and reallocated the funds to three local environmental organizations; The Canton Land Trust and the Elizabeth Park Conservancy were the other two recipients. Joseph Family Markets, which owns the Shop Rite stores in Canton and West Hartford, is a local owner-operated business that invests in the communities it serves. Explains the senior Joseph: “Most of our charitable giving is oriented toward nutrition and education, so the work the Avon Land Trust is doing to get children outdoors is a natural fit.”

The Avon Land Trust plans to invest ShopRite’s generous donation toward signs and information kiosks on its Oakes Preserve and Talcott Mountain trails to encourage greater use of Avon’s open space by residents, especially children. The Land Trust hopes to use the Oakes as an outdoor classroom in cooperation with local schools.

Chuck Joseph, Sr. and Chuck Joseph, Jr., owners of ShopRite Canton, present a $2500.00 check to Avon Land Trust president, Christine Graesser.

Chuck Joseph, Sr. and Chuck Joseph, Jr., owners of ShopRite Canton, present a $2500.00 check to Avon Land Trust president, Christine Graesser.

Photo caption: Chuck Joseph, Sr. and Chuck Joseph, Jr., owners of ShopRite Canton, present a $2500.00 check to Avon Land Trust president, Christine Graesser.

ALT board members Rick Dubiel (in photo) and Bob Breckenridge have erected wood duck houses at the Oakes Preserve.

ALT Annual Meeting, Friday, November 15, 7 pm at the Avon Free Public Library. Please join us to hear about two land use topics of intense interest to Avon residents:

Town Farm Plans

Rodger and Isabelle Phillips were selected by the towns of Farmington and Avon to lease and manage the Fisher Farm property. They will discuss their own story of managing community farms and their belief in the importance of sustainable agriculture. The couple will delve into the history of the Fisher Farm and how they see its future. They will share their plans for putting this land back into food production, their farm model, the systems they will set in place, the types of products they will produce and how they will engage the local community.

Bear Study Results

Michael Evans is a graduate student in wildlife biology at UConn who is working with DEEP to monitor black bear populations in the Farmington Valley. This year he collected information and specimens on the Land Trust’s Talcott Ridge properties. Mike will share the results of his study and general information about the evolving interaction of bears and humans in our valley.

Avon Land Trust hosts Fall Hike On Saturday, October 19th, the Avon Land Trust will host its annual Fall Leaf-Peeping Hike along its own beautiful Skyline Trail to the peak of Talcott Mountain. The hike is 1+ miles each way, with some moderately steep portions, and offers breathtaking ridge views. Hikers can join in the fun at the top, where the Heublein ‘Tower Toot’ festival will be underway. Refreshments, courtesy of the land trust, will be served at the conclusion of the hike.

Avon hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to attend. Hikers should be in good health, and dressed in shoes with thick, treaded soles. Leashed dogs are welcome. ALT leaders and hike participants will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Hazen Road, off of Woodford Hills Rd. Please park on the right.

A trail map and parking instructions are available here. Raindate is Sunday, October 20th.

The Simsbury Land Trust has a unique opportunity to permanently protect George Hall Farm and Pharos Farm in Simsbury, but needs financial support from the community to accomplish this. See complete article…

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