Gratitude Journal: Hockanum Day

Some call it the foot of the Range, some call it the Hockanum Rural Historic District, we call it home! This fertile farmland and quiet village is home to descendants of colonial settlers who have been here, nestled under the Mount Holyoke Range, for generations. Barstow’s Longview Farm is a longtime resident and neighbor in … Read more

Gratitude Journal: National Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month We’ve been steadily expanding our frozen prepared food offerings over the last several years, but especially since March of last year. And while folks were getting tired of doing their own cooking, we were grateful to offer easy, comfortable, pre-prepared meals for dinner in such uncertain times. Even today … Read more

Kestrel Land Trust: 50th Anniversary Stories

Since December 1970, thousands of people like you have given Kestrel Land Trust the inspiration and ability to save the landscapes that shaped our past and create our future. In the last 5 decades, we’ve worked together to conserve more than 25,000 acres of forests and woodlands for wildlife, natural parks and trails close to … Read more

National Trails Day

National Trails Day is observed each year on the first Saturday in June. Celebrate by exploring your local trails at Skinner State Park! The park protects 843 acres of forest and farmland – and most notably, the historic Prospect House.  The Prospect House, or Summit House, is an old hotel that was first opened in … Read more

National Bird Day | the Northern Cardinal

In honor of National Bird Day, we are highlighting one of our favorite winter birds that frequents the farm. They don’t need much highlighting, the Northern Cardinal stands out on his own against the white, gray, and brown of a New England winter! Cardinals are year round residents in Massachusetts.  Their powerful beaks crack open … Read more

Art in Hockanum

Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery hosts a Featured Artist on our walls to give us new and lovely perspectives on the beautiful Pioneer Valley we call home. But art has been part of this area’s history. The spectacular views of the Connecticut River valley from Mount Holyoke, the mountain located just behind Barstow’s Longview Farm, … Read more

Hockanum Flood Sign

Hockanum Village is in a 100-year flood-plain. While this contributes to fertile soil, it also means this area has gone through some very extreme flooding.  During heavy, extensive rain and during rapid snow melt in the north, the Connecticut River floods and the fields and sometimes even roads are inundated. You can visit the Hockanum … Read more

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