CT NOFA eNewsletter
April 2008
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CT NOFA Business Members - if you have a current business membership, your business is now listed on our website.  If you would like more details in your listing - logos and pictures are welcome - just send an email

Earth Day Events - a separate eNewsletter will be sent with the many upcoming Earth Days events.  If you are planning to attend an event and would like to distribute CT NOFA materials, please call the office at 203-888-5146.

Farmers Markets - if you are vending at a Farmer's Market this season, and your market is not listed here, let us know.  If you are a Market Coordinator and want your market listed, contact the office.

New Feature - we now have an interactive Google Map on the website for all the farms, farmers markets and businesses listed in the 2008 Farm & Food Guide. Check it out!

Happy Spring-Finally!

Upcoming CT NOFA Events & News
SAVE THE DATES - 2008 Events

June 22 -  CT NOFA Organic Farms tour ***NEW DATE***  The 3 farms this year will be in Fairfield county and details will soon be posted on the website.

August 8-10 -  NOFA Summer Conference, UMass, Amherst. 
The NOFA Summer Conference Committee is pleased to announce announce our Keynote Speaker for Friday evening, Dr. Arden Andersen. Holistic medical practitioner, expert in human and agricultural nutrition, author, and educator, Dr. Andersen will share with us his extensive knowledge on the link between healthy agricultural practices and healthy people.

August 19 -  NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, Massachusetts

August 21 -  NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, Connecticut

September 14 -  Taste! Organic Connecticut, Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry

November 1 - Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market
Volunteers are needed for Taste! and for the Farm Tour - both for planning and for the day of the events.  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)

*Potluck & Movie "the real dirt on farmer john" - Sat, April 5, 6 PM Potluck, 7 PM Movie, UU Society, 608 Whitney Ave, New Haven. Our Potluck will begin at 6 PM and we plan to start the movie at 7 PM.  Bring something to eat to share with everyone.  It helps if you mark the ingredients so people don't have to ask. This wonderful movie is the epic tale of a maverick mid-western farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence.  By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America. Sponsored by the New Haven Bioregional Group.  For more information contact

*Pfeiffer Center Workshops - upcoming workshops on Raised Beds, Living Nutrition and the Biodynamic Farm, Organic Beekeeping and more.  Visit their website for dates and details.

Beetle Farmer Workshops for Purple Loosestrife Biological Control - one remaining training session: Monday, April 7, 2008 in West Hartfort, CT.  Sponsored by the University of Connecticut's Integrated Pest Management Program, this training is free and open to the public.  More more information or to register, click here

*Judy Wicks talk at Yale - April 9, 2008 at 7:00 in the Luce Hall Auditorium in New Haven, CT.  Sponsored by The Office of Sustainability, entitled "Building Local
Living Economies: Green, Fair, Fun", with a reception to follow.The talk will tie
together economics, social justice, and sustainable food. For more information, call Nisa Marks at 203-436-3570.

*Stonyfield Farm Talk at Yale - Wednesday, April 9, at 4:15 pm in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, on the Yale campus, in New Haven, CT.  Gary Hirshberg, president and CE-Yo of organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm, will discuss the organic farming industry, corporate social responsibility and the environment in a talk titled, "Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World".  For more information, contact Ysella Edyvean, 203-432-5967 or

*Organic Lawn & Turf Workshops - Thursday, April 10th. Audubon Greenwich is hosting two workshops. The morning workshop,from 9:30 to 11:00 AM, is for homeowners and the general public. The afternoon workshop, from 1 to 4 PM, is for schools to help them comply with a new Connecticut law passed in 2007.  Visit their site for more details, or call Christy Pennoyer 203-869-5272 x 225.

Marketing Tour - Expanding Into New Markets - April 9, 2008, 8 AM - 3:30 PM at Regional Market, Hartford, CT.  Do you want to know how to start an e-newsletter, develop your website, and see a successful farm store?  Wondering how to get into retail and wholesale markets?   Then join us  - click here for more information.

Lecture Series on Sustainable Agriculture - Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, CT. Invasive Plants in CT, by Todd Mervosh.  April 11, 12:30 PM. For details on these and other upcoming programs, visit here.  You can also call Joe Rodrigues at 860-242-2630.

Schools, Food & Community - Friday April 11th - Saturday April 12, 2008 at Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY  For details, click here.
CT Community Gardening Association Conference - April 12, 2008 at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury.  "Closing the Food Gap"  author Mark Winne is the keynote speaker.  Check their site for more information.
*Buy CT Grown marketing workshops for farms and related businesses:
    -Building a Comprehensive Marketing Plan - Thursday, April 17, 6:30 -8:30 PM.
    -Marketing to Wholesale Buyers - Thursday, April 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
Both workshops will be held at the Hartford County Extension Center located at 1800 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford.  Click here for registration information.

Swine School - 4/18-4/19/08 at Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, NY.  Hosted by Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, The Animal Welfare Institute, & the Cornell Department of Animal Science. For more information, go to their site.

*CT Agricultural Experiment Station Open House - Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT.  For more information on the day's events and presentations, click here.

*Plant Sale - The Southwest Conservation District is having the Annual Plant Sale at Lockwood Farm in Hamden off of Whitney Ave (route 10) Friday April 25, 10-4 and Saturday April  26th, 10-2.  Featured will be evergreen seedlings (white pine, colorado blue spruce, white spruce, douglas fir). Shrubs for fragrance, wildlife, compact, variegation and Perennials of all sorts.  Members of Wallingford and North Haven Garden Clubs will be on hand to assist customers as well as UCONN Certified Master Gardeners.  The Spring Newsletter with the Order form is on the District website at or email or call 203-269-7509 for details.

*2008 Pasture Poultry Seminar - April 26, in Attica, NY, 9am to 5pm.  This year's main speaker is Enos Hoover who operates Sunny-Side Meadows in Dorcester, WI. His program will include: small enterprise options; production, processing, & direct marketing of grass-fed and range-fed meats; how to raise hay without planting a seed ever again; proper soil management. Pre-registration by April 19 is requested. $60 per person or $100 per couple. Lunch is included. Dress for the weather. For more information, directions, or registration contact Hermann and Laura Weber, HLW Acres LLC, Attica, NY 585-591-0795.
*Locavore course - April 28 to June 8th, 2008; a 6 part course is  being offered at the Unitarian Society of New Haven. For more info contact Becky May at: or (203)-624-2798.

Grazing Workshops - May 6 through September 9, 2008.  Sponsored by NOFA/Mass,
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the UMass Extension.  For more information, click here.

*Herbfest - June 7, 2008 hosted at Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry by the Connecticut Herb Association.
Organic Gardening talks, by Bill Duesing
These are free and open to the public. Call the office for more information.
    April 5 - Granby Public Library, Organic Gardening, 2:00

Community Board (*indicates new notice this month)

Available land - From one of our members: "My dentist on Whitney Ave. Cheshire has about 3 1/2 acres of tillable land behind his office on which he gardened in the past that he would like to offer to someone to garden for themselves or as a CSA project.  If you have anyone in mind looking for an opportunity such as this avails itself please have them call me at (203) 484-0277."

*Australian shepherd needs farm - call Scott Taylor at 978.462.2550.

*Organic vegetable gardener's assistant wanted - Experienced gardener's assistant / organic vegetable and perennial garden / Monday and Thursday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m./       private Roxbury estate. Fax resume: 860-350-4182.

*Two postions at USDA Certified Organic Farm - part time experienced cut flower floral arranger and store associate for farm store. Send resume to: Bristol's Farm, PO Box 418, Canton, CT 06019 or email to

*Public Allies/AmeriCorps Program -  Public Allies is a 10 month AmeriCorps program that places talented and diverse young people, aged 18-30, in non profit
apprenticeships.  They are looking for horticulture/agriculture
organizations to fill intern/apprentice-like positions.  Please see their website or contact Tyler Driscoll at

*Seeking speakers and vendors - Cavey's Restaurant in Manchester, CT is putting together a series of dinner events that will take place throughout the spring, summer and fall that will feature local farm products throughout the season. They are also inviting farmers and or other local people involved with the production and distribution of local food products to be guest speakers at those events.  Contact Markus Leihoffer after 12:30 pm at 860-643-2751.

West End Farmers' Market in Hartford seeking organic vendors
- opening Fri, June 20.  Please contact Rob Miller at (860) 997-5776 to learn more.

Fiddleheads Winter/Spring Farmers Market seeking vendors - in New London, CT.  They have added an additional to their market schedule, Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm.  Contact Sheila Herbert at for details.

Milford Market - new market seeking vendors.  To be held either Wednesday or Friday afternoons, 3 - 6:30pm, July - October. Anyone interested may email Annalisa at or call 203-446-1707.

Goshen Summer Market - Saturday morning market looking for additonal vendors. Contact Anne Kelly at

The CT Department of Agriculture maintains a list at their site for markets looking for vendors for the 2008 season.

*Farm property for sale - White Kettle Farm in Hampton, CT.  For more details, click here.

F.R.E.S.H. New London job opening - Education Coordinator.  Visit their site for more details.  This position is still open; for a full job description, mailing address or other questions, contact Emily Lerner (860) 501-3109.
Landscape Construction Supervisor Wanted - Ecological design firm needs a leader to work with our construction crew. Planting, grading/drainage, meadow and lawn installation, walls and pavers.  Contact Camilla Worden  of Camilla Worden Garden Design LLC at 203-790-9809 or by email.

Apprentices Welcome at Aiki Farms - Now is the time to apply for apprenticeship at Aiki farms where Aikido training, Biointensive certification,and zazen meditation are offered, as well as sharing in the fruits of ones labor at seasons end.  For more information, call Robert at 860-536-6407 or email at
Positions available - Learn from one of the founders!  Organic Land Care Company in Fairfield,CT.  President is a founding member of the Organic Land Care (OLC) program, developed first standards to Organic Land Care, and teaches Organics around the country.  Positions include Planting/Construction Supervisor and Gardening Supervisor.  For details, visit their website.

NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange - A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.
Other Items of Interest

CT Environmental Headlines - a comprehensive, daily update of what's being reported around the state and beyond.

Farmers Market
Coalition listserve and newsletter

Great weed control web site:

An online Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management:

An interesting fact sheet about fish for consumers.

USDA article "Organic Farming Beats No-Till?"


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Deb Legge
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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