When Linda Hoffman moved in 2001 to an old farmhouse on a 25-acre parcel of land in Harvard, Massachusetts, Old Frog Pond Farm was born. While some people’s creative musings never go further than lucid dreams, Hoffman’s vision for her new home was built on a solid philosophical foundation — the interweaving of agriculture, art and community.
When people come together for a common purpose, a vibrant community of kindred spirits is often the result. Hoffman, artist, writer and orchardist (and co-author of this article) and her multi-talented husband, Blase Provitola, have created a diverse, ever- growing community of artists, art lovers, writers, poets, storytellers, musicians, naturalists and spiritual seekers.
Arriving at Old Frog Pond Farm is entering the terrain of the magical. The farm is a place of pastoral serenity with rows of organic vegetables and fruit trees, and wooded trails dotted with whimsical sculptures. This landscape captivates for its wild and natural beauty. It flows from one enchanted space to another offering the fragrance of flowering trees, the taste of freshly picked fruit, reflections of sky in water, wind rustling leaves and herons soaring over the pond. The outdoor art exhibit is part of this alluring landscape.
“Wondrous Creatures,” the 16th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Old Frog Pond Farm, confirms that art and nature make a wholesome union. Both hold mysteries, invite inquiry and provoke our curiosity. Both can touch us at the deepest level. The meandering woodland trails invite us to explore with an interplay of reveal and conceal.