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Autumn Oak: Building Up a Local Farm

Mike and Megan Grogan are continuously developing Autumn Oak Farms on Buff Cap Road.

Tolland residents Mike and Megan Grogan are shaping their home, Autumn Oak Farms on Buff Cap Road, into a local source for fresh vegetables and eggs, as well as a center of knowledge for their Tolland neighbors about local farming.

"It's not something that the public always thinks about consciously," Megan said of how some consumers automatically purchase processed or non-local products. "It's starting to get that way, but lots of people still think that their food comes from the grocery store. Knowing where your food comes from is a big deal."

The Grogans, who moved to Tolland two years ago, are still in the early stages of transforming Autumn Oak. They are currently in the process of tearing down a portion of the old barn on the property and building a new one.

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One section of the barn will be brought to the front of the 21-acre farm so that they can sell vegetables, eggs, honey, cut flowers, candles, soap and more this summer. 

They also plan on clearing land for an orchard and perhaps expanding their livestock to include cows. 

Additionally, Autumn Oak Farms will always include a strong focus on education.

"We have an open door policy," Mike said. "When it's a full running operation, come and see the chickens. Come and find out where your eggs come from."

The Grogans, both full-time teachers, hope to start bringing the message about healthy eating and locally grown food to summer school programs this year. For Mike and Megan, it's a way to share a lifestyle that they grew up in, either living or working on small farms.

"By starting at a young age, we can educate people and give them life skills," Megan said of their curriculum on healthy eating. 

Mike plans on devoting his energy to the farm full-time, starting next year.

And for Autumn Oak Farms and the Grogans, the curriculum is only one of the many steps planned to create a center for local produce and agricultural education in Tolland.

Keep up with the latest Autumn Oak Farms developments by visiting the farm's Facebook page.

Vickie Hadge May 03, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Thank you for sharing this. I love the idea of eating local! Please keep us updated on the progress of the farm.
Kristen Morgan May 03, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Congratulations, Mike and Megan! Looking forward to visiting your farm!
Aaron Weintraub May 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Glad to have discovered you! We will be by soon.
Karen Moran May 03, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I'm so excited they are nearby! We will definitely be visiting the farm, and buying local! Good luck Megan and Mike!
John Durand May 03, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Welcome to Tolland. I'm sure you'll get considerable support from your neighbors. I look forward to a visit in the near future.
Marilyn May 03, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Great story - nice to see two young farmers working together to realize their dream!! The eggs are the best and I am looking forward to enjoying fresh veggies all summer. Thanks for doing what you do!!
Michele Auclair for Tolland Youth Garden May 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM
So nice to learn about your goals and to see such support coming out already, in the form of Patch feedback.

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