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CT NOFA eNewsletter
August 2008
 
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Notes and reminders from the editor -

We now have an organic gardening forum - it's a Yahoo! Group and you do need to sign up to ask or answer questions, but you can browse what's already there.  You can check it whenever you like or have a copy of each item sent to you or have a daily summary sent to an email account.  So ask away, help a new gardener, share what's going on in your little piece of paradise!

Last reminder for sending in a donation to become eligible for a chance at a ticket for this year's CT Farmland Trust's "The Eighth Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms" on September 7, 2008.  If you can't find your recent mailing envelope, you can donate online here.  Thanks to those who've already responded!

Paperless option - did you know you can choose a paperless option for your CT NOFA membership?  While we try not to deluge you with printed materials, some folks do choose not to receive anything but annual renewal reminders (and even that could be done by email, if you like).  If you're interested, email me and I'll take care of it for you.

CSA Notice - Do you have any openings in your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)?  Are you planning a Winter CSA and would like to promote it?  Maybe taking signups for next year? We get many calls here at the office and would like to better connect people looking for CSAs with those who have them.  Call us here at the office, 203-888-5146, if you'd like us to promote your CSA.

Deb
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Upcoming CT NOFA Events
 

August 8-10, 2008 -  NOFA Summer Conference, UMass, Amherst. 


NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Courses - check here for more information.
August 14, 2008 - Hillsborough, NJ
August 19, 2008 - Dartmouth, MA
August 21, 2008 - Manchester, CT
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September 14, 2008 -  Taste! Organic Connecticut - Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry
Volunteers needed!  If you're a working member or interested volunteer, we're looking for the following:
    -an educator for the recycling area
    -kids activities help
    -general volunteers for set-up, clean-up, etc.

November 1, 2008 - Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market
 
January 17, 2009 - Getting Started in Organic Farming, New Haven, CT

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2 and 3 (snow day), 2009 - NOFA Organic Land Care 5-day course, New Haven, CT

February 7, 2009 - Community Farming Conference, New Haven, CT

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Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)
 
*HACCP for Meat and Poultry Seminar for Processors - August 12, 2008 in Storrs, CT.  Click here for details.  Registration ends August 5th.

*Tomato To-mah-to  Slow Food Connecticut's Heirloom Tasting Feast - Sunday, August 24 2-4 p.m. (Rain or Shine).  Upper Forty Farm, 86 Nooks Hill Road, Cromwell, CT. RSVP: Please do by 8/18! Due to the intimate scale of the farm, attendance is limited. Admission: includes all the tomatoes you care to eat and tasting portions of these artisanal foods. $35 for Slow Food members. $45 for non-members. $25 for students with ID. Children under 12 free. Checks can be made payable to "Slow Food Connecticut" and send to Susan Chandler, 1870 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117. Reservations must be received by August 18. For more information: email: slowfoodct@earthlink.net

*Connecticut Women's Agricultural Network (WAgN) Late Summer Twilight Meeting/Program -
Thursday, August 28th, 2008 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.  Cupola Hollow Farm, 1510 North Stone Street, West Suffield, CT.  Topic: The Story of Cupola Hollow Farm's New Commercial Kitchen and Farmstand.  Please RSVP to ctwagn@cox.net by August 25th. To learn more about WAgN, visit their site.

*BioFuels & other Alternatives for Home Heating Meeting - Saturday, August 30, 2008 ( 2 PM) at Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Road, West Simsbury, CT.  Those interested in attending this free event should register soon by calling one of the following: (860) 233-5684 or (860) 649-9827 or (860) 465-0368 or (860) 489-9555 or (203) 613-4363 or (845) 669-8341. Visit this site for more details.

Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT
Aug. 2, OR Sept. 6:  Keeping A Family Cow 
August 9, 2008: Yes, We Can Can
Contact Debra@Motherhouse.us  or call 860-672-0229 or visit their website to pre-register and for information on these and other workshops.

"Using Biological Control in Greenhouses: On Your Way to Growing Greener" Workshop - Thursday, Sept 18, 2008, to be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. For details and registration, go to this site.

 2nd Annual Northeast Animal Power Field Days -  Friday, September 26- Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT.  Check this site for details.

*New England Greenhouse Conference & Expo - November 5-7, 2008, Worchester, MA. Click here for details.

2009 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show - February 25 & 26, 2009, Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge.  Check out their site for details.

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 Community Board (*indicates new notice this month)

*Items wanted - the Environmental Futurists at Southern Connecticut State University are looking for the following items: garden fencing (2x4's, iron support posts,  welded wire fencing), wire support frames, organic fertilizers, compost bins, a scale, marigolds.  If you have anything like this or have time to help with their garden, contact Dan Vieira at vieirad1@southernct.edu, 203-243-9865 or Colin Bennett at         bennettc1@southernct.edu, 860-395-8392.

*Just hatched Indian Runner Ducklings - Terra Firma Farm, Stonington, CT.  Runner ducks were developed as egg-layers and can outproduce any chicken in number of eggs laid per year. They make great pets, or show birds and would be a great additions to anyones backyard. They don't need a pond and are excellent foragers for slugs and bugs...These are favorites for gardeners!!  Call 860-535-8171.

*Help Wanted - Part time, 20 hours per week, internships available at the Hay House in Old Saybrook, CT.  Cut flowers, vegetables, CSA, ecotours, chickens & bees.  Contact David Brown at 860-575-2387, or email at hayhouseonline@gmail.com (phone preferred).

*Fall Intern Opportunity! - Peacework Farm, Wayne County, New York seeks an intern for the fall season, late August through November, 2008. We offer the chance to learn about a highly participatory CSA. Job includes harvesting, work with CSA members, transplanting, garlic planting, much less weeding than in July (!), CSA core meetings, and answers to lots of your questions about organic vegetable production. Five and a half days a week, stipend, place to live and share of vegetables. Contact ehendrsn@redsuspenders.com or call Elizabeth at 315-331-9029.

*Business Venture - Small businessman/Investor located in Connecticut desiring profitable joint ventures with honest local farmer.  Interested in crops, farm animals, fish, and other ventures you may have in mind.  Please email: Gary at gary.gendreau@gmail.com or call (860) 628-4004.

*We are looking for a dedicated farm/office apprentice - Part time indoors. Part time outdoors.  This is a residential internship on an organically managed farm in the Hudson Valley.  For details, click here.

*Looking for farm/land - somewhere in New Haven county, CT (if possible). Please contact Frederick Weik at fweik@yahoo.com

FARMERS' MARKET NOTICES:

*Fiddleheads Winter Farmers' Market
- New London, CT.  Seeking vendors for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday market.  Please contact Sheila Herbert at 860-701-0678 or sile.herbert@snet.net for more information.

*Vendors wanted for Wesleyan Farmers Market - this fall in Middletown, CT. The market will take place on Wednesdays from 11-3 on the Wesleyan University campus in September and October, with a possibility of extending the market into the winter if enough vendors are interested. We are a completely student organized and operated non-profit market.  If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please email us at wesleyanfarmersmarket@gmail.com and we will send you more information and an application.

*New England Farmers' Market List Serv - Farmers' markets from all over New England are now able to communicate by email thanks to a new list-serv, the _New England Farmers' Market Exchange_ (NEFME) launched this week by Cooperative Development Institute (CDI).  To subscribe, visit their site.

NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange - A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to www.nofa.org/exchange/index.php to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Other Items of Interest

Farm Based Education in Connecticut - a publication of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station, by Kim Stoner.  Check this link for a PDF file of resources.

One of our members, Common Ground School, in the news

Another Eat The View video.

Local Community Farming in the news.  The Friends of Boulder Knoll in Cheshire, CT also signed a lease last week on two acres of town-owned land to begin setting up a farming operation.

The CT NOFA Farm Tour in a local blog.  Great pictures!
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If you have any stories, articles or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
Deb Legge
CT NOFA
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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