CT NOFA eNewsletter
April 2009
CT NOFA is the Connecticut Chapter of the
Northeast Organic Farming Association

CT NOFA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. Our efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food. CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.

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Welcome to our new CT NOFA Program Coordinator, Danielle Desanti Davis! She will be responsible for the planning and coordinate all aspects of our existing CT NOFA events and to expand improve and expand programming. Her email is if you'd like to volunteer at any of our upcoming events or join one of the planning committees.

The 2009 Taste! committee is now being formed.  If you'd like to participate in the planning for this event at its new location at Manchester Community College, give us a call at 203-888-5146 or contact Danielle.

If you are looking for Organic & Farmers' Pledge-Grown Vegetable, Herb & Flower Seedlings & Seed Sources, check out the recent page at our website.

pea seedlings

Upcoming CT NOFA Events
2009 On-Farm Workshops
Suggested topics include meat processing in CT, greenhouse growing, season extenders, cheese making, CSA topics, farm to school & farm to chef topics, pasture management, marketing, community kitchens.  If you would like to host a workshop or have any other suggestions, let us know!

2009 Gardener Education Workshops
Beginning April 21, 2009 ~ Basic Organic Gardening.  Online registration is now available.

Organic Garden Tour
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Organic Farm Tour
Saturday, June 27, 2009 ~ Northeast Connecticut

NOFA Summer Conference - August 7 -9, 2009, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Check out their new page for workshops, speakers, registration and more.

Taste! Organic Connecticut
September 20, 2009 ~ Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

Community Farming Conference
October 31, 2009 ~ New Haven, CT
Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)
*Connecticut College Conference: Water Scarcity and Conflict - April 3rd and 4th in New London, CT.  More>

Common Ground Events:

Open Farm Day, Seed Starting, and "Ask the Farmer" Opportunity - Sat, April 4, 2009, 10:00 - 1:00 at Common Ground, 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT. More on both events.

Holbrook Farm Events:
~Hunt for Daylily Shoots at Holbrook Farm with naturalist/ author "Wildman" Steve Brill - Saturday, April 4, 2009. The 2-hour walking tour begins at 9:30 AM  in Bethel, CT.
~Farm to Table Mother's Day Celebration. Come and Join us at Holbrook Farm's 1st Annual Celebration of Local, Sustainable, and Delicious produce, fish, and meat on Sunday, May 10, 2009. For both events, details.

*Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil  Movie & Potluck - Sat, Apr 4th, 6 PM Potluck, 7 PM Movie, UU Society, 608 Whitney Ave, New Haven. More>

*The Center for Green Building Seminars - Thursday evenings throughout April, Bridgeport, CT. More>

*Farmers' Market Marketing Meeting - April 5, 2009 from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm. Location is the Second Congregational Church Community House at 1746 Boston Turnpike (Route 44) in Coventry. To register or for more info call 860-742-1410. More>

*Kitchen Co-Op Open House - Sunday April 5th, from 4:00- 7:00 PM, 2889 Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport, CT. Stop by to celebrate the opening, tour the kitchen and meet fellow kitchen users. Please RSVP to Anne or call 203-243-9419.  More>

*Oxford Land Trust Program - GROW YOUR FOOD! - Raye Hodgson - April 9, 7 p.m., Town Hall.  More>

Earthathon 2009 - For you, for Nicaragua, for the Earth*    CT NOFA is co-sponsoring a Earthathon, which invites people to take action from April 10 through May 10, 2009 to help build a sustainable future locally and globally. More>

*Rally in support of legislation to phase out BPA - Wednesday April 15th, 10:30am-11:30am,  Legislative Office Building's Minuteman Park, Hartford. CT. More>

*Overview of Financial Issues Facing Farmers Today - April 16, 2009, 7:00 p.m.  The Tolland County Farm Bureau, in partnership with Nationwide Insurance, is sponsoring a program, at the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon. The event is free, and is open to Farm Bureau members and the public. Space is limited, reservations are required, so please call the Tolland County Farm Bureau office at 1-860-742-5725 or email to make your reservation.

Farming and the Arts - April 17-19, 2009, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY. More>

*Re-Establishing a Local, Sustainable Food System - The Challenges and the Opportunities: Social Issues Forum - April 19, 2009. 6:30 –7:00 Dessert and Decaf coffee, 7 - 8:30 Forum,  to be held at UUS:E (Unitarian Universalitst Society: East) in Manchester, CT153 W. Vernon Street.   More>
Permaculture Design Certification course - Course offered by the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT. April 12-24 and September 20-October 2, 2009. They also offer other food/farm related classes such as Greenhouse Design/Build, Edible Forest Gardens, Root Cellar Design/Build, Rain Garden Design, and Farm Design/Build.  Details>

*Earth Dinner - April 22, 2009, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge, Danbury, CT.  Local, Seasonal and Organic Foods Serve as Guests of Honor at an Earth
Dinner. More>

Organic Lawn Care Symposium & Expo - April 22, 2009,  6:30 PM, Southport Congregational Church,  524 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT. Going Green in Your Own Back Yard. Why and how to begin to use organic lawn and garden care practices. The event is free and open to the public. Questions, call 203-847-7109.

*The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station's 2009 Spring Open House, Gardening in Connecticut - April 23, 2009 at 1:00 pmin Jones Auditorium, New Haven, CT. More>

*Forest Garden Immersion Course -  April 23-26, 2009. Hands-on Training to Design and Implement Edible Landscapes, In Association with Appleseed Permaculture. Hosted at Camp Epworth Permaculture Demonstration & Education Center,  High Falls, New York. Note that we get a 5% referral fee if folks register because they learned about it from us. More>

*Connecticut Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival - Saturday, April 25, 2009 9AM - 4PM, rain or shine, Tolland Agricultural Center 24 Hyde Ave. - Rte. 30 Vernon, CT. Call (860) 526-3883 for more information.

*Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local -- Start with Your Soil - Monday, April 27, 2009,
11:45 am, talk bu Bill Duesing to begin promptly at 12 noon, CT Agricultural  Experiment Station auditorium, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT. More>

New Canaan Nature Center Garden Market - May 1-3, 2009, New Canaan CT. Weekend will feature a garden market with plant and food vendors, organic suppliers, informational booths and educational exhibits. Anyone interested should contact Alan Gorkin at or 203-966-9577 x14.

*Urban Oaks Organic Farm grand opening fund raiser - 5/2/09 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in New Britain for their new farm market space. The event will feature live music, entertainment, tours, food, and special guests. The farm has implemented a new pre-order system which allows customers to email orders in then pick up at a designated time. For more info, call 860-223-6200. More>

*UConn Grazing School - Saturday May 16, 2009, 8:00 am - Noon. Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Drive, Torrington. No cost to attend or participate. For more information contact Michael Keilty, UConn CES Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator, or Richard Meinert, UConn CES Dairy and Livestock Educator, .

*SUNY Cobleskill Meat Lab Meat Processing Certificate course - The course runs from May 27, 2009 to June 26, 2009. Those interested should contact:  Eric Shelley (518)255-5676.

HerbFest 2009 - Sponsored by Connecticut Herb Association, Inc.
Saturday, June 6, 2009, 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Pleasant View Farms, 452 South Road, Route 83, Somers, CT. A day of celebration and education honoring the many gifts provided by herbs. Workshops and weedwalks, activities for children, demonstrations, information tables, bake sale, food vendors, over 30 craft and herbal vendors. For more information see  or  Phone: 860-763-5206

Community Board

Farm Worker Wanted
- For up-coming growing season at Northfordy Farm, 3-5 days a week. Organic vegetable production, animal care, general farm chores. Contact Peter 203-494-8408

Rain Barrel Program
- The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with The New England Rain Barrel Company to offer
residents rain barrels as a way to conserve water and help the environment. More>

Work Position wanted/Assistant Farm Manager - Organic and  sustainable practices concerned and experienced. Realistic inquirers accepted. Many skills besides farming. Please call Fred Weik 203-233-3126.

Cheese maker sought -  for the Dudley Farm Market in North Guilford on Saturday mornings. The market opens in June and runs to October.  Please call Phyllis at 860-349-3917.

Vendors Sought - new farmer's market in Orange seeking vendors with organic products. Contact Jeanne at 203-795-4867 or email at

Expanding farm in Hebron needs pasture fence - we have the posts but need box wire or horse fence for horses and sheep.  Please contact Maureen at Phoenix Hill Farm, 860 228-4018.  Also have wool and wood to barter.

Farm Educator/ Coordinator Job Opening - Newton Angino Community Farm, Newton, MA.  More>

Staff position opening with Northeast SARE - Sustainable Agriculture Educator/ University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science. More> (says screening to begin April 10, 2008 but really is April 10, 2009)

Farm equipment for sale -  2007 John Deere 5103, excellent condition, 550 one owner hours, shed kept;  2007 Athens Model 62 disc harrow, like new condition;  2007 Kuhn Model EL 62 5 foot rototiller, like new;  2007 RainFlo Model 1600 Series 2 water wheel transplanter, extra plant flat tray, two wheels setup with adjustable spikes, 2 special onion/garlic/flower wheels, cup holders, like new.  Much more.  Call George at 860-633-6601.

Vendors sought - farms, both large and small, and small growers who can supply us with various CT grown produce and products.  Contact CT Farm Fresh Express at 860-917-7627
or email More>

New England Farm Workers' Council - Welfare to Work programs and On-The-Job Training programs. For more information, call Betsy Caraballo at 860-293-2552 or by email.

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.
Organic Gardening Workshops, Talks and Courses

sunflowerIf you are taking, teaching or know of an organic gardening talk, workshop or course, let us know!  We will post them here and on our

Manchester Community College - Bettylou Sandy, a CT NOFA Board member, is teaching a series of classes covering topics such as "Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Spring", "Organic Vegetable Gardening", "Shade gardening", and many more. See page 42 of this linked course brochure and click here for a link to Manchester Community College.

2009 Willington Recreation Gardening Program - beginning March 3, 2009. Topics include Vegetable, Herb & Flower Gardening, Compost/Lawn Care, Fall Planting. Details>
Thyme & Season Natural Food Market in Hamden is planning a series of talks this spring that will include organic food gardening. CT NOFA's Executive Director Bill Duesing will be speaking on April 23rd at pm. Details>

Edible Gardens, Vegetable and Herbs - Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25,  10:00 am, with John Ockasi, at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses in Greenwich, CT. More>

Old Style Life-Skills workshops - Organic Gardening , May 9, 2009.  Sponsored by Motherhouse at Local Farm in Cornwall, CT.  Other upcoming topics include wool gathering, sourdough starter course, chickens and many more.  Details>

Landscape Design Basics - Saturday, April 4, 2009, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Auer Farm in Bloomfield, Registration Fee: $50.00. More>

Organic Land Care Series Workshops - Saturday, April 4, 2009, 9 am to 12 pm, Mansfield Town Hall Council Chambers. Other workshop to follow. Registration fee - $10. More>

Growing Fertile Soil, Organically - April 28, 2009, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Bill Duesing at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street, Shelton, CT.

Lawns..The History and Care/ Traditional vs Organic Practices...Now, you can have both a Peace of Mind and a Beautiful Lawn! - April 28, 2009,   7pm, Westhill High School,  125 Roxbury Road,  Stamford, CT. With John Ockasi of JohnnyOrganic.

Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY - offering a series of workshops, including organic beekeeping, Beginning an Vegetable Garden and many more. More>

Outreach Opportunities (*indicates new notice this month)
 The following are events to which we have been invited to attend.  If you would like to help promote CT NOFA at any of these events, please contact the office at 203-888-5146. Check out an event in your area!

Earthstock Connecticut at Tunxis Community College - Sunday, April 19, 2009-10:00AM until 4:00PM, Farmington, CT.  More>

Earth Day Festival at Taft School in Watertown - Sunday, April 19th from 11-4.
Spring Fling Event.

20th Annual Earth Fair at the CT Audubon Society Center  -  April 25, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m in Glastonbury. More>

Arbor Day Event - April  25, 2009, Ridgefield, CT. More>

New Morning Earth Day - Saturday, April 25, 2009, Woodbury, CT. More>

Spring Fling Event at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - May 2, 2009. More>

Farmer Vendor Sought for Earth Day Awareness Event  -  looking for someone knowledgeable about CSAs, composting techniques,  gardening questions and have some organic items from their farm (honey, maple syrup, seedlings, garlic, etc.) they may wish to sell. Event is Friday, May 8th at Pratt & Whitney Cheshire Engine Center in Cheshire. Contact Michele Flugrad at

Fairfield Earth Day - May 9, 2009, 9:30AM-3:00PM, Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Avenue, Fairfield, CT. 

Norwalk/Wilton Tree Festival -  May 16, 2009, Cranberry Park. Additional information about the festival is available by calling the City of Norwalk Customer Service Center at (205) 854-3200 or via e-mail at Details>

Middlefield/Rockfall Old Home Days - June 6, 2009, 10 am to 5 pm. This year's theme is "A Happy and Healthy Community ".
Legislative & Support News

Food Safety Issues - Responses from area NOFA Chapters and organizations:
NOFA Interstate Council

Update on Connecticut raw milk issues.

Other Items of Interest
Honey Bees and Beekeeping in Connecticut

SHARE Haven Time Bank

April Farm-to-Chef News - Links to media for Bill Duesing's radio interview and the recent Ag Day rally.

Recent Michael Pollan Lecture at Tufts University and Q&A session

Sustainable Choices at the Yale Peabody Museum - On view March 28 to August 23, 2009

How to Go Organic on Campus - The nation's first guide for students who want to bring organic dining to campus is now available for download.

Another college garden guide.

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