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Farming in Huntington

We are very pleased to be a part of the Town Clerk’s “Farming In Huntington” exhibit at Huntington Town Hall to celebrate the history of farming as part of Archives Month 2020. Tilden Lane Farm is one of 19 Huntington farms that have contributed artifacts, photographs, and antiques to the exhibit. Viewing is by appointment. We’re looking forward to visiting and seeing what our fellow Huntington farmers have shared.

Information on visiting the exhibit can be found in this release.

2020 Schedule

When we woke up today the air was crisp and and cool and it felt like autumn had arrived, and we’re excited because that means it’s almost time for trees!

For Christmas 2020 we will be open the following Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am through 3 pm:

Saturday, November 28
Sunday, November 29
Saturday, December 5
Sunday, December 6
Saturday, December 12
Sunday, December 13

In order to keep our staff and our customers safe, masks are required to enter the Farm.

We will again be offering both pre-cut and cut-your-own trees, as well as our fresh handmade Fraser fir wreaths. Trees this year will be $75.00; wreaths cost $30 or $25 if purchased with a tree.

Our stock this year is extremely limited if you wish to cut your own tree, so if that is your preference we very strongly recommend you come Thanksgiving weekend to ensure the best available choice. We will also have plenty of excellent freshly pre-cut Fraser and Balsam firs available, so you will still have many trees to choose from.

While this year our selection of trees to cut is limited, we have cleared away much old overgrown stock and are dedicated to replanting new fields of Christmas trees.  Look around the farm and you’ll see blocks of fir and spruce seedlings growing- they take from five to seven years to reach a salable height, and Mother Nature can’t be rushed!  Every year we are planting new blocks, and along with our reestablished strawberry bed and our vegetable farming partner, we are committed to the future of Tilden Lane Farm.  And once again, we have farm produced honey available.  The honey production was outstanding this year and if it’s a warm day you may be able to see some of the bees at work. Ask one of our “branch managers” to show you the hives!

We are very glad to be able to welcome you back to the Farm for another Christmas season and we look forward to seeing you all in a few short months!

Over Memorial Day Weekend we transplanted several hundred baby trees to prepare for future seasons!  Right now these baby trees are only as tall as Logan but in four or five years they will be just right for Christmas trees.

l-r: Rebecca, Abigail, Logan, Andrew, Bruce and Mike, tired but happy after a long weekend planting 100+ new trees. (Lucy the Puppy helped too!)

l-r: Rebecca, Abigail, Logan, Andrew, Bruce and Mike, tired but happy after a long weekend planting 100+ new trees. (Lucy the Puppy helped too!)

Herbert S. Tilden

As many of our friends and neighbors have heard, in early November Herbert S. Tilden died at the age of 92 at his home on the farm, surrounded by his family.   We look forward to honoring his memory this season. In addition to his lifelong work as a farmer, with his  wife of 50 years, Mable Flathmann Tilden, at his side, he raised five sons- the late Jeffrey (Ann), Bruce (Jeanne), Lee (Diane), Donald (Cyndy), and John (Christine). He was the  proud grandfather of Abigail, Rebecca (Mike), Andrew, Emily (Jon), Daniel,and David, and great-grandfather of Logan.

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Following in his own father’s footsteps, Herb was a 68 year member of the Greenlawn Volunteer Fire Department.  He also served four terms as a Commissioner of the Greenlawn Fire District.  Herb was instrumental in the founding of the ambulance service of the GFD Rescue Squad in 1961.  He is shown below (far left) with fellow Squad members receiving an award in 1964 for a rescue where a car accident victim with a broken neck was safely extricated and transported without further injury or paralysis.

His sons Bruce and Lee, and Lee’s wife Diane, are proud to carry on the family tradition of GFD service for the third generation.

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Like dandelion seeds in the wind, our memories of a life well lived will always surround us.

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