CT NOFA eNewsletter
August 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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 Notes & Reminders

2009 Taste!: There's still space available for vendors, particularly farmers, at this year's expanded Taste! Organic Connecticut event. Contact Meg at 860-523-8500 for details.

Taste! postcards will be mailed to members this week.  If you would like more to distribute at a market, store or other event, call the office at 203-88-5146 and we'll get them out to you.

CT NOFA job opportunity: Part-time bookkeeper/10 hours per week. Details here.

If you are a member farmer vending at a farmers' market this season and the market is not listed here, please let us know and we'll get it posted. 
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
2009 Gardener Education Workshops
The last in this series begins August 18th - Season Extenders & Fall Crops in the Landscape. Come and learn tips on keeping your edibles going all through the late summer and fall season. Openings in both workshops and online registration still available.

NOFA Advanced Workshop Series
Producing and Applying Actively Aerated Compost Teas, September 2nd, 9am - 3pm  
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY (Westchester County) Check site for other upcoming workshops in this series and registration information.

Click banner to go to Website for the NOFA Summer Conference!

6 Free Registrations for New Farmers to Attend NOFA Summer Conference! The scholarships are funded by a grant from University of Vermont Extension Focusing on Beginning Farmers Initiative, with support from Northeast SARE. More>

CT Landmarks 2009 Events - In conjunction with CT NOFA at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry: Pruning Vegetables and Flowers for Better Yield and Fall Crops, August 9, 2009, 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM. Taught by NOFA instructor Bettylou Sandy.  Click here for this and other events.

NOFA 5th Annual Lawn & Turf Courses
Massachusetts: NOFA Summer Conference, UMass Amherst, MA, August 7th
New Jersey: Hillsbourogh, NJ, August 18th
Connecticut: Manchester, CT, August 20th

On Farm Workshop: Organic Pasture Management and Multispecies Grazing
Monday, August 31, 2009.  4 to 7 pm, Millstone Farm, Wilton, CT.

Taste! Organic Connecticut

September 20, 2009 ~ Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Fair ~ September 25, 26 & 27, 2009, Unity, ME.  Tickets and more information available here.

CT NOFA Community Farming Conference
October 31, 2009 ~ New Haven, CT
Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)
*Plant Science Day
- August 5, 2009, Sponsored by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station at the Lockwood Farm, 890 Evergreen Avenue, Hamden, CT.  Pesticide credits available.  More>

*Holcomb Farm & Granby's Summer Food Film Festival
- starting August 6th - King Corn, preceded by a corn roast. Details>

*FRESH documentary film screen
- August 12, 2009, at 7 pm at the Pequot Library, Southport, CT. A panel discussion by the leaders of the local food movement will follow the movie.  More>

*Michael Pollan Lecture
- August 15, 2009, at Cornwall Library, Cornwall, CT. More>

*Creative Agriculture: Approaches to Sustainability on the Farm
- Showcasing ideas and practices to inspire the work of agriculturalists and land use professionals in the Northeast. Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, 2009, Canandaigua, NY. More>

*Community Garden Tour -
August 20, 2009, begins at 5:30 PM, Hartford.  Sponsored by Knox Parks Foundation. For reservations contact: Charmaine at 860-951-7694 ext. 14 or email: Details>

*Garden Days at Mystic Seaport
- August 21- 23, Mystic, CT. More>

*1st International IFOAM Conference on Organic Animal and Plant Breeding -
August 25-28, 2009, Sante Fe, NM.  More>

Massachusetts Nutrient Density Field Trainings
- September 13, 2009. Details>

NOFA/Mass 2009 Grazing Workshop Series - Details>  More grazing workshops also at the NOFA Summer Conference.

*New England Wild Flower Society - August workshops & events. More>

*Tomato To-mah-to Heirloom Tasting Feast - Sunday, August 23rd, 2009. Due to all the wet weather, this event has been CANCELLED.   Slow Food Connecticut is establishing a Tomato Fund in support our farmer friends, who have generously hosted this event for eight years on our behalf, as small token of our appreciation.  Proceeds will be equally divided between Upper Forty Farm and Urban Oaks Organic Farm and be entirely tax-deductible.  If you would like to participate, please send a check to "Slow Food Connecticut" and mail to Susan Chandler, 1870 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT  06117. Note "Tomato Fund" on the memo line.

*Pfeiffer Center events - Chestnut Ridge, NY: September 2009 - June 2010: Year-long Part-time Training in Biodynamics; October 24, 2009: Organic Beekeeping--Preparing Hives for Winter; January 14-18, 2010 The Agriculture Course -- an intensive study (for practitioners and students of biodynamics). Details>

*CT Folk Festival and Green Expo - Sept. 11-13, 2009 in New Haven. Includes the Tour Des Farms, a bike tour several local farms. More>

*"Biological Control in Ornamental Greenhouses - Putting it All Together" - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Tolland County Extension Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, University of Massachusetts Extension and Northeast SARE. Registration fee $35.00 per person. For more information contact Leanne Pundt, at 860-626-6240 or click here.

*8th Annual Community Gardening Celebration - Celebrating the Harvest in Hartford - presented by The Connecticut Community Gardening Association, September 19, 2009, Watkinson School, 180 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford, CT 06105.  Details>

*Farm Design/Build: Creating Working Buildings and Farmscapes - Oct 25-Nov 6, 2009, offered by the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT. More>
Community Board

Nominations sought - Working Lands Alliance joins the CT Board of Trustees for the Eastern States Exposition in seeking nominees >for the 2009 Farmland Preservation Pathfinder Awards.  Nominations due September 4, 2009. More>

Positions available - Common Ground School in New Haven is hiring part-time environmental educators. Details>

Connecticut certified naturally grown wheat for sale - hard red winter wheat suitable for bread making. Contact Andy at 860-742-5717 or e-mail

Suppliers Sought - Whole Foods in Westport, CT is looking for local corn resources in CT.  Contact Doug Peterson, 203-227-6858, email:

Farm Manager Opening - The Mountain School, Vershire, VT. Hiring now for job beginning January, 2010.  More>

Job posting - Farm Manager and Executive Director at The Phillies Bridge Farm Project in New Paltz, NY. More>

Farming opportunity - Owner of 80 acres in Litchfield county seeking family for long-term goals to start an organic vegetable farm. Owner is interested in starting a CSA, roadside selling, farmers' market and involve farm with the "Farm to Chef" program. Applicants should have an agricultural and business background willing to intake all aspects of the farm.  Please sent resume to

Partner/Manager sought - Iroquois Farm, a NOFA certified Organic Farm and Garden with a Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant/shop is in need of an experienced Organic Gardener to be Partner/Manager. This farm is owned by Clements Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), a not for Profit Sec.501(c)(3) Corporation. The farm is located on the St. Lawrence River, St. Lawrence County, Northern NY, and intends to start a CSA next year. It has about 250 acres, a 12 acre garden, and about 180 acres crop land. A Dairy or crop organic farm could also be operated. Contact, M. Clements, ( or call 315-323-1905.

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.

 Members in the News
Brenda Caldwell and the Boulder Knoll CSA in the Cheshire Herald.

Stone Wall Farm & Chris Hopkins in the Litchfield County Times

The New York Times recently featured John & Lynn Holbrook in their "At the Farm" series.

"40 Farmers Under 40" includes ADAMAH in Falls Church, CT (#36).

Urban Oaks in the New Britain Herald.
Legislative & Food Safety News
Congress is working on food safety legislation that could have effects on farmers and
consumers.  Keep up with the latest in the policy arena by visiting and
clicking on the food safety links at the top left.
Other Items of Interest

Tomato/potato blight news:

UMass Vegetable Program Update and Vegetable Notes Newsletter.
Bill Duesing and tomato/potato blight in a recent Boston Globe article.
Cornell samping instructions.
Another Cornell site with some excellent photos. More>
Wayne Hansen featured in Norwich Bulletin blight article.

Organic veggie plot is the new office gathering spot. More>

British study claims: "Organic food 'no better for health than factory-farmed food'". More>
And 2 opinion pieces that refute this study: Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg's response and Tim LaSalle, Rodale Institute's response.

Farm Made: A Guide to On-Farm Processing for Organic Producers. To read>

"Why I'm a Victory Grower" video contest

Organic Farmer Training Program - Student Organic Farm, Michigan State University. Details>

Basic seed saving instructions.

And what's a newsletter without a city chicken story!
If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
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