Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC, is a certified organic farm located
in Ledyard, CT, and started in 2006 by Bill Sokol and Anita
Kopchinski. We came to farming after working as Ph.D. Chemists in
the pharmaceutical industry, and have never looked back! As part of
our Catholic faith, we came to realize that we do our part to
promote the respect of each person's human dignity by providing
access to nourishing food. Towards that end we have incorporated
sharing of part of our harvest with those in need. We
encourage you to get involved in your local soup kitchens/pantries
or other areas of need that you feel called to help with.
Together we can make a difference for good!
We specialize in fruit, vegetables and herbs and focus on heirloom varieties to encourage bio-diversity as well as excellent flavors. Our guiding philosophy is to be in balance with nature by enriching and continuously building the soil with organic compost and amendments. In 2011 our focus became ensuring the nutrient density of the vegetables/fruits we grow by feeding our soil to ensure trace elements, minerals and beneficial microorganisms are readily available.
When you visit Hidden Brook Gardens you will observe the beautiful crops which are surrounded by an abundance of wild birds, bees, and other beneficial pollinators that make the farm their home as well.
In 2009 we began managing Allyn's Red Barn Apple Orchard. In 2012 we obtained organic certification of the orchard.
Bill and Anita are proponents of supplying high quality fruits, vegetables, herbs, seedlings, cider, jams and jellies, etc. in season to the local community
Hidden Brook Gardens at the Allyn Apple Orchard
The Allyn family has been very supportive of our choice to transition the orchard to organic production. In fact, in 2012, after 3 years of treating the orchard organically we applied for and received organic certification from Baystate Organic Certifiers!
This transition had its challenges - in 2012 we were not
successful in obtaining a crop of apples due to an unusually warm
spring which pushed blossoms 2-3 weeks early followed by a cold
snap that killed off the fruitlets.
But what a year 2013 was - a greater good came from the
bad and we were BLESSED with the best crop of apples since we
started with the orchard! We also thought the cider was
pretty special as well. We have learned to roll with the
punches and to never loose faith - who knows what this year will
bring, we can't wait to find out!