Upcoming CT NOFA Events & News
Notes and reminders from your editor
- along with my apologies for the tardiness of this month's newsletter, I just wanted to thank everyone who has responded to our Annual Appeal. Your support of CT NOFA is greatly appreciated! For anyone still thinking about gifts, how about a gift membership to your favorite organization? We have big plans for next year and new members are most welcome to help spread the word about all the work we do, along with the continued support of many longtime members. To donate or join, please go here
From all of us here at the office, may your holidays be warm and filled with family and friends! Peace, Deb
Organic Land Care 5-day Courses - become an Accredited Professional! Check out the courses in Connecticut, Massachusetts and, new this year, Rhode Island.
Save the dates for these upcoming conferences next year:
Community Farming Conference, February 9, 2008 in New Haven, CT. Connecting towns and land trusts with land, the community groups that want a local farm, and the farmers who need land and local markets.
Getting Started in Organic Farming, February 16, 2008 in New Haven, CT. This conference is for anyone interested in starting or expanding an organic farm enterprise, or in converting a conventional farm enterprise to organic.
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference
, March 8, 2008 in Windsor, CT. We're still looking for workshop suggestions for next March's conference. Contact Leanne Davis here
with ideas or to volunteer for a planning committee. Vendors and Exhibitors are also sought. Please contact Kim Barnes at email@example.com
Keep an eye on our website
for upcoming details.
Color ads are coming for CT NOFA publications!
If you are an advertisor, or would like to be, contact Susan Killheffer at 203-789-4577 or email
her for more details.
Fiddleheads Food Coop Information Sessions -CT NOFA Member farm dairy farm tour and cheese tasting - December 22, 1-3 pm
Monday, December 17, Mystic Public Library, 7 p.m. For more information, go here
at Meadow Stone Farm, 199 Hartford Rd. Brooklyn, CT, on route 6, one quarter mile west of route 169 intersection. Goat dairy, skin care goat milk products, aged artisanal cheeses (goat and cow milk), eggs, chicken, honey and blueberries.
RSVP to 860 774-9600 by 12/20. www.meadowstonefarm.com
12th Annual Vermont Grazing Conference - From Fallow Fields to Farm Fresh Food featuring Greg Judy, MO Custom Grazier. Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT. Check here for more info.
Mandatory Market Master Seminar - Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at the Middlesex Extension Center, Haddam, CT. All farmers/vendors are invited to attend. For more information, contact Rick Macsuga at 860-713-2544 or Mark Zotti at 860-713-2538.
Ecological Landscaping Association's 2008 Conference & Eco-Marketplace - Re-Visioning the Landscape: An Ecological Approach, March 6-8, 2008, MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA. For further information refer to the ELA website.
2008 UConn Conferences:
For the Home Gardener - Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Storrs campus in Storrs, CT.
Perennial Plant Conference - Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Storrs Campus.
Spring Bedding Plant Program for Greenhouse Growers - various dates and locations.
For more information, visit their website.
CT NOFA was very saddened to learn of the death of Tony Norris, a long time member and organic farmer, a pioneer in supplying restaurants with local, organic food and
co-founder, with his partner Mike Kandefer, of Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain. The range of Tony's work for good food and social and economic justice will be sorely missed. Donations can be sent to: Urban Oaks Farm, c/o Human Resources Agency of New Britain, 180 Clinton St., New Britain, CT 06053
A New England source for organic animal feeds - Terra Firma Farm in Stonington, CT is placing orders for organic grain from Green Mountain Feeds in Vermont. Also, check them out for upcoming winter programs and events.
NOFA member Publication - Elizabeth Henderson's new book "Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007) is now available. You can purchase a copy directly from the author: send a check for the book ($35), plus $4 postage and handling to Elizabeth Henderson, 2218 Welcher Road, Newark, NY 14513.
The FARM Institute, Martha's Vineyard Island, Mass. is now hiring for several summer, seasonal and year-round positions
* Summer Program Director (January-September)
* Summer Program Assistant (May-August)
* Teacher / Farmers (mid May - Sept. 6)
* Farm hand (April-October)
* WISP Garden Manager (February-October)
* WISP Garden Apprentice (Mid May-Sept. 1)
* Assistant Development Director (Year-round, beginning January 2008)
To learn more about the position and our organization, please visit www.farminstitute.org.
Call For Workshop Presenters at NOFA Summer Conference - Are you interested in presenting a workshop at the 2008 NOFA Summer Conference? Each year, the NOFA Summer Conference provides a valuable opportunity for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators, and environmentalists to share resources and ideas in order to grow a vibrant organic community.
We are looking for knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenters to offer workshops in a wide variety of categories, from beginner level to advanced. The categories include: Alternative Energy and the Environment; Animals; Crops; Farming and the Community; Farm Economics and Management; Cooking and Food Preparation; Farming and Education; Politics and Policy; Fruits, Nuts, and Trees; Garden and Greenhouse; Herbs and Flowers; International Agriculture; Land Care; Marketing; Nutrition and Healthcare; Of the Spirit; Practical Skills; Soil and Fertility; Weeds, Insects and Disease; and Farm Tours. If you enjoy working with youth, please consider offering a workshop for teens or children. For details and contact information, click here.
Apprentice Wanted - The Ecosystem Farm of the Accokeek Foundation is an 8-acre certified organic vegetable farm (including blueberries, strawberries, figs, culinary herbs, and cut flowers) on the banks of the Potomac River in Piscataway National Park. For more information about their apprentice program, please visit their website.
Seeking local ingredients - small, growing pet feed business in Franklin CT seeks all Natural & Certified Organic dried/dehydrated feed ingredients. Call Barbara Pagano, Avi Organics, at 860.739.6427.
Farm Manager Sought - The Friends of Ambler Farm in Wilton, CT are seeking a full-time, year-round, salaried farm manager of 18-acre historic farm property. For more information, send an email or call Ann at 203-834-1143.
Garden Program Manager -
Liberty Community Services, Inc. in New Haven, CT. Check out their site
to learn more or contact John Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer ExchangeA free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to http://www.nofa.org/exchange/index.phpto see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.
Pesticide registry deadline is 12/31/07 -
You may not be thinking about lawn care pesticides right now, but if you wish to receive 24-hour advance notice of neighbor's spraying, you must sign onto the Connecticut state registry. You can download the registry form at their site
Farm Financing in Connecticut
Are you thinking about getting financing for your farm? Have you obtained financing the past? Have you been denied financing? If you answer yes to any of these questions you can help The Carrot Project better understand - and meet -- the financing needs of Connecticut farmers by participating in an on-line survey.
The Carrot Project is working to make loans and guarantees available to small and midsized farms and exploring equity solutions. Your response to the survey will help us address financing gaps for beginning farmers, farmers transitioning to more ecologically friendly practices, farmers looking to expand their businesses, and farmers working to maintain the viability of their farms. Check it out at www.thecarrotproject.org and click on "Farmer Survey."
If you have any questions or would like to receive a hard copy of the survey, please contact Dorothy Suput at email@example.com or 617-666-9637x2. We look forward to hearing from you.
Check out this NOFA forum
on Yahoo Groups for some interesting and lively conversation.
Whole Foods Local Producer Loan Program
- check this out for more information