Auerfarm is pleased to announce that our own Farm/Facilities Manager, Justin Whitehouse is one of 8 finalists for the 2015 Parental Involvement Recognition Award. We couldn't think of a more deserving parent than Justin! Congratulations and we wish you the best! Click the link to read the full story. 

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We urgently need at least $10,000 to save the Mushroom Barn at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm before winter strikes.  If we cannot cover the top of the barn, where the roof was torn off by a New England nor’easter, it is likely to collapse this winter, never to be replaced. This barn is quite possibly the only one left of its kind in New England and the United States!  For more information, or to make a donation, please visit:
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Dec 11, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Auerfarm is teaming with Hooker Brewery for our Brewfest Fundraiser!
Auerfarm Brewfest!
Dec 11, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dec 12, 2015
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come visit with Santa, enjoy the bonfire and horse drawn carriage rides!
Santa at the Farm!
Dec 12, 2015
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

From The Blog



Jack Hasegawa, Executive Director of the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm in Bloomfield, announced his retirement effective October 18th, after serving in his position since 2011. He will continue on a part time basis until the end of the year to help facilitate the transition. Hasegawa was the Center’s first full-time Executive Director.  Prior to his arrival at the Center, Hasegawa had a long career in educational administration, board development, diversity training and fund development management.

“It has been a privilege and a joy to work with the many dedicated board members, staff and volunteers at Auerfarm,” said Hasegawa. “I know the future of the farm is in very capable hands.”

During Hasegawa’s tenure he was responsible for the following achievements:

  • Completion of a $700,000 renovation of the old barn into new state-of-the-art classrooms.
  • Construction of a new animal barn to house the farm animals, which are a key attraction.
  • Creation of new hiking trails and community gardens.
  • Awarded the 2015 Non-Profit of the Year by Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.
  • Launched a Capital campaign to preserve and renovate the historic mushroom barn.

“Jack has been a catalyst for incredible improvements and preservation of the farm,” said Robert V Lyle, Chairman of the Board. “His determination to elevate the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm to prominence as one of the top agricultural educational resources and farm in Connecticut has been an inspiration to us all.”

- Board Seeking Applications for Outgoing Executive Director Jack Hasegawa 

The Board of Directors has engaged Third Sector New England to conduct the executive transition. The position profile and application information are posted at

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For the past two years, students from Westminster School in Simsbury, CT have been coming to Auerfarm on Friday afternoons to volunteer.


For more than three decades, young people have discovered a special relationship with the earth through visiting the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm.

There is inspiration everywhere: walking the woodlands and fields, investigating trees, plants, and flowers, or discovering the natural habitats of birds and animals. Students leave here with new curiosity and a love of inquiry-based learning.

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