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April 2010

GLEANINGS: n. 1. That which has been acquired by gleaning. 2. The monthly eNewsletter of CT NOFA. [Glean:v. 1. to gather relevant information or material by patient effort, bit by bit; to find out. 2. to gather grain or other produce (often: left by reapers); to harvest.]
From the Executive Director

bill duesing

Happy Spring


Spring is coming on fast this year.  I remember springs not too long ago when we couldn't even plant this early.  This year the peas, spinach, carrots, beets and arugula are all up and growing nicely already.  Although this is wonderful, with the climate chaos we've gotten ourselves into, we can't be too relaxed about the weather and what it will bring later this year.  But it is increasingly clear that growing more of our food locally, using organic methods, is our best bet for the long term health of humans and the environment.


More and more people and institutions understand this and interest in things organic and in local food seems to be increasing exponentially.  The doubling in attendance at our 28th Annual Conference is one indicator, but there are many more. Fifty people showed up on a rainy Monday night in Milford to learn about root cellars and growing and storing vegetables for the winter, and classes in organic gardening at several venues have filled up.  We've been contacted by new and established community gardens to provide organic workshops for their members. Read more>


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The new NOFA Organic Land Care site is now available and has lots of information for homeowners and organic land care professionals. Check it out!
In This Issue
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Guest Columnist
Community Board
New Business Member Profiles
In the News
Featured Regional Organization
Other Items of Interest
Supporter Thanks
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Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events

"Keeping Local Food Safe, and Safe Food Local" - Steve Gilman, Organic Farming Advocate, April 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM at Brown University Laboratories for Molecular Medicine, 70 Ship Street, Providence, RI.  Sponsored by NOFA RI; more>

Bill Duesing's Upcoming Talks:
*April 20, 2010 - One on One Consultation Session in Woodbury. Details>
*April 22, 2010 - DEP Celebrates Earth Day at the State Capitol - panel discussion and more>
*April 23, 2010 - Two Angry Moms documentary and panel discussion, 7 pm at Ansonia Nature Center
*May 6, 2010 - Organic Gardening Talk, 5:00-6:30 pm, at New Morning in Woodbury, CT
*May 8, 2010 - Organic gardening and compost talk and demonstration at Northwest Park, Windsor. 
10-11:30. Details>

Growing Healthy Tomatoes

May 23, 2010, 1:00-2:00 pm
Knox Parks Community Garden, Hartford
Presenter: Bettylou Sandy
Free; part of an afternoon of events at Knox Parks
Free Tomato plants for first 20 attendees

CT NOFA City Farm & Garden Tour
- June 19, 2010, New Haven, CT. If you have or know of a city garden that could be featured, please let us know. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities also available. Email for more information.

Other local and regional events are now maintained on our website.  If you have an event you'd like to add, send it along to the office.

Guest Columnist

daffodilsby Bettylou Sandy

April showers bring May flowers is an old adage to encourage us when we we're hoping for sunshine.  At this time of year the plants, shrubs and trees are waking up from their long winter's nap to prepare for producing flowers, leaves and fruit.  This work of the plants requires a great deal of water to drink, to transport the food from the soil to give energy to the plants.


I love to watch the world seem to come to life and color at this time of year.  All of the spring bulbs, flowering bushes and trees, the greening of the grass and the buds of the trees give us energy and hope.

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Community Board

Gulf Coast Ram available immediately. This breed is resistant to hoof rot and parasites. Ideal for an organic farm.  He's virile and handsome. Used last year as a donor for heritage breed preservation.   Inquiries and offers to westfieldacresfarm@msn.com

Farm / Garden Supplies For Sale - $100 for all: (located in Avon, CT) Greenhouse plastic - 24 x 32 feet, new white plastic tarp - 25 x 15 feet, Brown Kraft Weedblocker Paper - 1 new roll - 48 inches x 1,000 feet. Please e-mail: dina@edibleorganicdesign.com

Need Help in the Garden or on the Farm? - For locations within a half hour driving distance from Meriden--Call Melissa Emma 203-634-3686 or email Melissawonderbee@gmail.com
I have several years experience gardening, landscaping, and farming. I am also currently enrolled in the UCONN Master Gardeners Program.

Positions Available - New Pond Farm Education Center, West Redding CT. Internships for college students interested in sustainable agriculture and organic gardening and Assistant Farm Manager.  Please contact Exec. Director Ann Taylor for details ann@newpondfarm.org or 203-938-2117.

For Sale or Trade: Jacob's Sheep - a very rare heritage breed.  All female and quite peaceful.  Age range is 2-5 years old.  Gorgeous wool.  Call Ty or David at 860-349-8054.

Farmer Wanted - Families in the Hartford area are looking to create a CSA or buying club model for humanely raised chickens. We would like to have them slaughtered them to be kosher for Jews and Moslems.  We are looking for a chicken farmer who can work with us and a certified slaughterer as part of their business plan. Contact andrea@irejn.org

Organic hay available - 1st and 2nd cutting Certified Organic hay. Contact: 860-651-8928

Vendors Sought - newly formed Waterford market, starting Saturday, June 26th, from 9am to 1pm. Contact Melissa, waterfordmarket@att.net, 860-287-0019

Rental - farm land in Wolcott with house for rent. Looking for someone who wants to live there and set up a small operation; owner on property, but not close by. For details, contact Fred at fweik@yahoo.com or 203-233-3126.

New Farmers Market/Vendors Wanted - The Union District School Farmers' Market is a newly established Market located on beautiful historic Main Street in South Windsor and is looking for vendors for a biweekly, Sunday, 10am to 2pm market. The first 10 farmers to commit to the Market do not pay fees! Contact: Market Website: www.southwindsorhistory.org, Market Email: programs@southwindsorhistory.org (live later in week of 4/7/10). Phone: 860.331.9892 or 860.794.9079
Internship Opportunity - Devon Point Farm. Organic Vegetable and Flower CSA and Grassfed Beef Farm seeking summer interns. Excellent learning opportunity for motivated individual interested in learning how to make a small farm profitable. Please contact Patty Taylor at patty.taylor@lycos.com or at 860-974-9004 for a position description or to apply.

Summer camp program at the Community Farm of Simsbury.  More>

Help Wanted: Environmentally concerned gardenscape company needs self-motivated, energetic, happy gardener for installation and maintenance of residential and commercial sites. Horticultural skills and landscaping experience preferred. No weekends, no lawn cutting. Opportunities for advancement, competitive wages and benefits. Full or part time. 860/242.1178. NOFA & CNLA Accredited. designsofmann@comcast.net.

Positions Available - Urban Oaks Organic Farm is hiring: A Wholesale Coordinator and a Retail/CSA Coordinator. More>

Heritage breed turkey poults for sale - $8.00 each picked up at farm. Taking orders now for mixed runs on Black Spanish, American Bronze, Narragansett and Slates. Old Maids Farm, LLC - 1099 Tryon Street, South Glastonbury, CT, 860-633-6601 or 860-918-5442

For sale - 75 Galvanized wire hoops for row covers. 74" 10 gauge $75, contact  galfarmer@yahoo.com
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Rain Barrel Offer - Farmington River Watershed Association is offering rain barrel and composters. Additional details here>

Position wanted - Strong, dedicated (but inexperienced) worker looking for an apprenticeship/ internship position for the coming season. Contact Ben: 860 221 8783 / harrisbenn@gmail.com
New Business Member Profiles
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CT Farm Fresh Express, LLC

East Haddam, CT



CT Farm Fresh Express, LLC (CTFFE) delivers locally grown and produced foods and products to the doors of residents and restaurants throughout Connecticut in support in small, local farms and businesses. Founder and owner, Deb Marsden, watched her mother travel to different stores and farm stands to feed her family with the best food she could find. The idea of being aware of where food comes from and how it is grown took seed in Deb and blossomed when she had children herself. In watching the rapid growth of the suburbs and the decline of farmland in the last 20 years, Deb realized that local farms need local support to stay viable and therefore continue to produce food for the population to eat. Deb put the desire to eat great food together with the desire to support local farms and the idea of CTFFE was born.

vonne whittletonVonne's Victory Gardens, LLC
Westport, CT
Vonne's Victory Gardens designs, installs and maintains organic vegetable and herb gardens for businesses and residences in the Fairfield county, Connecticut area.  She can also offer organic farm tours for small groups and businesses and can assist with honeybee hive and laying hen/coop setup and installations.


Green Earth Agriculture

North Branford, CT



Green Earth Agriculture is a wholesale agricultural supply distribution company. We specialize in organic, green and eco-friendly products for environmentally conscious farmers, landscapers and home growers. Our  goal is to help cultivate the widespread use of eco-friendly farming practices and lower the use of harmful or toxic chemicals.  We are a family owned and operated company.


The LaurelRock Company

Wilton, CT


A team of landscape architects, landscape designers, horticulturists and skilled crews dedicated to enhancing the lives of our clients by creatively improving and effectively maintaining their landscape environment.


Scott's Yankee Farmer, LLC

East Lyme, CT


We are family owned and operated by Tom & Karen Scott, presently with over 100 acres of fresh fruit and vegetables under cultivation. Check our website for more information.


Arbor Services of CT, Inc.
Washington Depot, CT




Connecticut Herb Association

Newington, CT



Devon Point Farm

Woodstock, CT



Lyons Insurance & Financial Services
Bolton, CT


McArdle's Florist & Garden Center

Greenwich, CT



Gerbert & Sons Landscaping & Irrigation, Inc.

Stamford, CT



Natural Family Health, LLC

North Haven, CT




Rising Sun Landscaping

Simsbury, CT



SIG Insurance-Nationwide Agribusiness
Stamford, CT



Stillmeadow Farm, Inc.

Stonington, CT


The Local Beet, Inc.

Chester, CT



Wakeman Farm/GVI Town Farm
Westport, CT


Help support our business members!

If you'd like add logos, pictures or additional text to your listings, send them along to the office.

Members In the News
Emily Brooks and the Edibles Advocate Alliance has launched Shared Harvest CT, a website that focuses on locally produced foods in a buy/sell/trade/barter/donate platform.

CT NOFA Board member John Turenne, Sustainable Food Systems, has been involved with chef Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution" project.  More>

Member Jane Maher testified recently in favor of the "pickle bill" and farmer Anita Kopchinski is mentioned in this related news story.
Featured Regional Organization

Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. - 2010 Ag Literacy Event. Presented in partnership with Connecticut Department of Agriculture & Connecticut Poultry Association.

Connecticut Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to announce its 2010 Connecticut Ag Literacy Event.  This event supports its mission of fostering awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the food, fiber, flower, forestry and fuel systems.  During 2010, volunteers throughout the state will go into classrooms to read a book with an agricultural theme and talk to students about agriculture.  The book will be donated to the school library with a special bookplate recognizing the donors, Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation, Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Poultry Association as partners in this 2010 Connecticut Ag Literacy Event.

If you have questions, please direct them to Eleanore Provencal, Connecticut Coordinator for Ag in the Classroom.  Eleanore can be contacted at eleanore@ctaef.org

Other Items of Interest
Connecticut food Bank's "Plant a Row for the Hungry" Program

Late blight update from the UConn Home & Garden Education Center

New ATTRA publication, Start a Farm in the City - lots of resources, particularly for contaminated soils

NRCS Organic Initiative application date extended to April 16, 2010. More>

Cornell University has added additional online resources for organic growers.

Sustainable Food Jobs website

Seafood Watch Program

Pennsylvania Wildlife Publication - Neighborly Natural Landscaping:Creating Natural Environments in Residential Areas

Thanks to our supporters

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Let us know what you think of the expanded format. We'd like to add additional member profiles and other news of interest. If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this newsletter, please send them along.

Many thanks,
Deb Legge
CT NOFA | PO Box 164 | Stevenson | CT | 06491