John Holbrook, 81, Founder of Holbrook Farm in Bethel, Died ‘Unexpectedly’, Current Lease Owners Announced

Report by Paula Antolini, July 12, 2021, 7:55PM EDT

John Holbrook, founder of Holbrook Farm at 45 Turkey Plain Road in Bethel, CT, died ‘unexpectedly’, current lease owners announced on Facebook.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our founder, namesake and inspiration John Holbrook.

“Mr. Holbrook was an incredible man who touched the lives of SO many. Over the past few years we have been blessed by countless stories about John and the kind simple things he did that had lasting effects on so many people. He was an amazing farmer, a true mentor, and a friend.

“Over the past few years we have also been blessed to witness above ALL else what an amazing husband, father and grandfather Mr. Holbrook was. Please keep the Holbrook family in your thoughts and prayers.”

John Holbrook and his wife, Lynn, started Holbrook Farm 40 years ago. Located in Bethel, CT. Holbrook Farm is 14 acres, with only part used for planting. They operated on ecologically sound agricultural principles that build healthy soil. Emphasis was put on cover cropping, compost layering, and companion growing. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides touch the soil. The present farmers who operate Holbrook Farm continue this principle.

Holbrook Farm, partially shown here (farm store) in 2015, when original owners John and Lynn Holbrook operated the farm. (Photo ©2015 BETHEL ADVOCATE / Paula Antolini)

John Holbrook with his wife Lynn Holbrook, in the farm store in 2015.
(Photo ©2015 BETHEL ADVOCATE / Paula Antolini)

John Holbrook opposed the building of a crematorium near his farm in 2015, shown here at his farm. (Photo ©2015 BETHEL ADVOCATE / Paula Antolini)