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UConn Extension Cato Corner Farm Tour

Sunday, August 17, 2014
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Colchester, CT

Sunday August 17th, 2014…..4pm-6pm Cato Corners Farm Premium Hard Cheese makers 178 Cato Corners Colchester, CT 06415

One of New England’s premier hard cheese makers, Cato Corner Farm is a partnership between Elizabeth MacAlister and her son Mark Gilman. Liz has owned the farm for more than 30 years and began milking cows and making cheese in 1997 as a way to keep her farm sustainable. Liz sold a conservation easement on 31.5 acres of the farm’s pasture and grassland to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2006 in the first phase of Cato Corner’s preservation. In 2008, the Connecticut Farmland Trust, the fiscal sponsor of NCTFA, helped Liz and Mark complete the second and final phase of preserving Cato Corner Farm. Liz donated a conservation easement on the 75-acre farm, which includes extensive pasture and woodlands, a farmstead, and a farm store. During the tour Liz will focus on the fiscal reality of a small-scale farm operation in both general terms and specifically for a grass-based dairy. Cato’s heard of primarily Jersey cows rotationally grazes and is milked twice a day for cheese production. Their cheese can be purchased at select local farmers markets, the Union Square and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets in New York City and many specialty stores across the country. 6-8 PM …After the tour please feel free to stay for a potluck social. Bring a dish to share, a plate, utensils and drinking glass. Meet other CT farmers to share ideas, swap stories, challenges and solutions with!

This tour series is a cooperative effort of the New CT Farmer Alliance, UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Risk Management Agency/USDA.


Nancy Barrett,

Extension (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar, Year of Engagement

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