December 2009
2009 Annual Meeting produce display
 photo by Bill Duesing
CT NOFA eNewsletter
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut
Since 1982
Notes from the office

Thank you to everyone who has recently responded to our Annual Appeal letter. We are most grateful for your donations and membership renewals.

cookbook coverFor the upcoming holiday season, please consider a gift membership to CT NOFA. As an additional incentive, we'll also include the "Eating Well" cookbook and a gift card to the recipient.

We also have CT NOFA hats at $15 each, along with t-shirts (both the recent Taste! style and the "classics") - call the office at 203-888-5146 and we'd be glad to take your orders.

And from all of us here at the CT NOFA office, we wish you all the happiest, tastiest (organic and local, of course!) and warmest of holiday seasons.
In This Issue
Message from the ED
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap
Other Upcoming Events
Community Board
In the News
Other Items of Interest
Supporter Thanks
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A Message from the Executive Director
Dear Friends,
Thanks for subscribing to this newsletter and for your interest in CT NOFA.
CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.
  Promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air, and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.
  Encourages the growth of a sustainable, regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just.
   Educates consumers about their power to effect positive changes through their food and land care choices.
   Increases the local and organic food supply and maintains productive agricultural land by creating opportunities for new and veteran farmers.
That's been our mission since 1982 and it looks like an especially relevant one today.
You understand the critical role that a vigorous, local and organic, community-based food system has in solving such diverse problems as chronic disease, climate change, loss of biodiversity and unemployment.
Our food choices matter a lot.
And also you understand the importance of CT NOFA's educational and advocacy role in growing and nurturing Connecticut's increasingly vibrant network of organic, sustainable and ecological family farms, community farms, farmers markets, and communities which are working together to bring this about.
We have a wonderful schedule of conferences, on-farm workshops and courses planned for 2010. This winter we'll sponsor the 5-Day Course in Organic Land Care, the Getting Started in Organic Farming conference featuring Bob Muth, and starting the garden education program. We'll begin the Women Farmers Whole Farm Training Course and feature Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, at our big conference on March 6.
I hope to see you at one or more of these events.
We appreciate your support for our work and especially welcome your tax-deductible contribution to CT NOFA at this time of year.
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Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a bountiful 2010.

Bill Duesing

Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events

NOFA Organic Land Care Update Course - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in Sturbridge, MA.

10th Annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care
January 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 2010 (Snow Date: Jan. 21), Newburyport, MA
January 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 2010 (Snow Date: Jan. 29),New Haven, CT
Feb. 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 2010 (Snow Date: Feb. 17), Elmsford, NY
Feb. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2010 (Snow Date: Feb. 27) Providence, RI

"Food From Farms For Families"
January 16, 2010, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

CT NOFA Getting Started in Organic Farming
Saturday, January 30, 2010 - New Haven, CT. Details soon on the website.

CT NOFA Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference - March 6, 2009.  Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. Details soon on the website.
Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap

wayne hansenOrganic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting - November 7, 2009.
In addition to Marydale DeBor's inspiring keynote speech and the  potluck, Wayne Hansen was awarded Member of the Year.

Also at the Annual Meeting, three new CT NOFA Board members were approved. We'd like to welcome Marydale DeBor, Bernard Brennan and John Turenne. Additional photos and bios can be found on our website.

Many thanks to outgoing Board members Kimball Cartwright, Michelle Hartel and Nicole Berube.

Annual meeting photos:

janet heller  produce  annual meeting

Photos by Bill Duesing
Other Upcoming Events
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.
Community Board

Vendors wanted - The Hollander Winter Market is looking for vendors for its first season.  The marke will be held in the bottom floor of the newly renovated Hollander apartment building facing Bushnell Park indowntown Hartford.  It will be the third Sunday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm starting January 17th and running through to May 16th.  Please contact market master Hannah Gant for more information at 860-214-4053 or

Farm Manager position available - The Adamah Field Manager will manage vegetable production on the 5-acre Adamah farm, which grows for a 50-share CSA, for the dining hall at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. Details>

Incubator Farmers for the 2010 season - The Community Farm of Simsbury (CFS) information meetings. Details>

Tractor for sale
- FORD 9N (may be a 2N). Hydraulic lift / mechanical dump loader; Scraper Blade for 3-point hitch; New rear tires 1993, used very little since then. Tire chains. Was running well, not used for three years. Needs a new home with loving care! Buyer loads and hauls away. ASKING $2,000 - Make an offer! 860-267-8821. Pictures>

Kingbird Farm Internships- 2010 in Tioga County, NY. More>

Vegetable and Fruit Production Manager Wanted - Opportunity for an experienced vegetable producer at The Farm at Sunnyside in Rappahannock, VA. Full-time, permanent position on a 400 acre farm.  Also several *seasonal intern positions available.*  For more information please visit our website or contact

Caretaker- Roxbury, CT estate, FT,  live-out.  Landscape Maint. / handyman work.  Organic lawn care knowledge/interest a plus. Fax 860-350-4182

Members In the News
Community Farm Of Simsbury

Analiese Paik from Fairfield Green Food Guide on local holiday foods

Jones Family Farm in Shelton
Other Items of Interest
Pesticide Action Network is releasing a new iPhone App for the website
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