Gleanings Newsletter
December 2016

In This Issue
Join, renew, or donate online today and be a part of our community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, educators, chefs and consumers committed to growing Connecticut organically.

Your donations and up-to-date membership fuels our work growing an organic Connecticut with organic edge education, advocacy and special events that celebrate local foods, farmers and heroes.
 
Send a check today or donate online to support of our important mission. Thank you!

 
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CT NOFA ~ Creating an organic Connecticut!

Cover crops sown in late summer 2016 thrive between rows of autumn greens on Massaro Farm in Woodbridge

Organic pioneers are no stranger to struggle and CT NOFA has been at the forefront of local organic movement since it was founded in 1982. Today, we are more ready than ever to make an organic impact in Connecticut and beyond!
 
As a member, supporter and student over the years, you've seen how we've grown into an active community of organic consumers, food experts, and producers.

Along with our work surrounding local food, CT NOFA is also training the next generation of organic land care professionals via the NOFA Organic Land Care program - a unique accreditation for landscapers and conservationists looking for the latest non-toxic knowledge and our internationally-recognized NOFA Standards in Organic Land Care.


Thanks to this special initiative led by CT NOFA, many pets, families, and wild creatures can safely enjoy life on thousands of acres maintained by NOFA land care professionals
using ecologically sensitive methods.

That said, here are a few highlights from our work in 2016 and we look forward to making more progress in the coming year!
  • Over 100 new NOFA-accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) were added to our online list of over 500 organic companies and 2000+ pros.
  • In May, CT NOFA and the Farm Bureau united for an organic-themed event where over 50 people came out to learn about soil carbon at The Hickories in Ridgefield, CT. Thanks, Dina! (above)
  • With NRCS and partners, CT NOFA hosted a sold out Soil Health Workshop on cover crops and planning for pollinators at Massaro Farm in Woodbridge in November. Thanks, Steve!
  • In 2016, Connecticut's State Legislature passed the Pollinator Bill (SB 231), a groundbreaking new law that will start to restrict neonicotinoids - a pesticide that is endangering pollinators worldwide.
In addition to our cutting-edge trainings and advocacy on Capitol Hill, CT NOFA makes it easier for people to go organic. And with the global organic food market projected to grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2016-2021 (Source: TechSci Research), CT NOFA's role is more important than ever! We connect people with local organic farmers and organic landscapers through our:
  • Organic Land Care search engine ~ a quick way to locate an organic landscaper near you
  • Online Map to Sustainable Farms ~ a handy map where people find great farms nearby
  • Annual Farm & Food Guide ~ 'the' local guide to organically-certified and sustainable farms. 13,000 copies are distributed and featured online so consumers find good food, grown close to home, throughout the year!
  • Gleaning Newsletter ~ a monthly email with latest trends, local food events, and organic-themed workshops by CT NOFA members and partners throughout the state
  • NOFA OLC Annual Gathering ~ where organic enthusiasts gather to learn from other land care pros. This year's theme highlights native plants and pollinators! Join us on December 9, 2016!
  • Annual Winter Conference ~ over 800 people gathered in 2016 for amazing organic food and farm-themed workshops, a wonderful lunch, and time to unite with friends, old and new. Join us this year on March 11 & 12, 2017 for our 35th celebration of all things local and organic!
  • Plus, members enjoy hands-on workshops, food celebrations, organic advocacy, and much more, all year long with CT NOFA! 
These are just a few of the ways CT NOFA and its membership are creating a more organic Connecticut.

PLEASE CONSIDER A LAST MINUTE, YEAR-END DONATION ONLINE OR BY CHECK.

With your year-end, tax deductible donation, we will go further on our mission - a mission that aims to establish 'organic' as the leading paradigm for the 21st century.

Send your check to payable CT NOFA or simply donate now online via our website!
 
Your generosity is appreciated and all contributions are carefully managed to create a more organic future for all.

Thank you for your support. Please contact me anytime about all things organic!
  
 
Jeff Cordulack
CT NOFA
Executive Director
 
Sincerely, 







jeff@ctnofa.org | 203-613-8813 
   
SAVE THESE DATES

Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, & Biodiversity: a ground-breaking conference on carbon soil sequestration at UMass in Amherst Mass. Show them your from CT by adding coupon code "carbon-conf-2016-nofa-olcp-members"!

February 6-9, 2017: CT NOFA's Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care coming to Norwich. Only offered once a year in Connecticut! Ideal for landscaping professionals who want organic know-how & credentials. 

March 11 & 12, 2017:  CT NOFA's 35th Annual Winter Conference will return to Danbury, CT with the main gathering on Saturday and Sunday will feature additional workshops and the new "AgRe$ource Fair" featuring farm-friendly grant opportunities! See you all there!
CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge
Organic but not certified? This is for you!
SIGN & RETURN YOUR PLEDGE BY JANUARY 15!


The Farmer's Pledge, a program for CT NOFA members, is a commitment to farming, marketing and farm management in accordance with sound ecological and economic principles. The farmers have signed the Pledge to show their commitment to its principles. 

Every spring, all our Farmer's Pledge farms are featured in our annual Farm & Food Guide. Last year, 12,500 copies of the Guide were distributed all over the state at farmers markets, agricultural and environmental events, and wherever people were looking for healthy, fresh food. In addition, the Guide is posted HERE, so your farm's listing is available to everyone who visits ctnofa.org. It's a great way to spread the word about your farm.

To be included in the program, sign a copy of the Pledge and return it to CT NOFA. We'll initial, date, laminate and return it to you. If you are interested in signing the Pledge or receiving more information, please contact the CT NOFA Office at (203) 308-2584 or debbie@ctnofa.org.
2017 NOFA Bulk Order Program
Open For Orders ~ January 1-31 only! 

What is the Bulk Order P
rogram? 
This is a collective buying program for Baystate-approved, organically certifiable farm, garden, and lawn care products. Products include compost; fertilizers; mineral amendments; animal supplements; cover crop seed and more!  Order during the month of January. Orders are delivered at certain drop-off sites in MA, RI, during early March.  
 
Who can participate? 
NOFA members and non-members may participate. There's no minimum order.   
 
What's New?
                    • Custom Cover Crop Cocktail Mixes Improved
                    • Cover Crop Seed Prices Reduced by 15%
                    • Biochar Blend Added 
Visit www.nofamass.org to submit your order in the New Year!
Featured CT NOFA Business Members

GROW Restaurant  

Fred and Michele Bialeck 
203-924-0200
Fred and Michele Bialek are life long residents of the Valley. Over 10 years ago they opened up Liquid Lunch - serving sandwiches and soups made with love as well as Fred's brilliant culinary skills. In 2014 a devastating fire destroyed the flagship Liquid Lunch spot in downtown Shelton. But out of those ashes...Grow was born. It was also born out of the passion, commitment and love Fred and Michele have for community, the local economy, and the power of great food to bring people together. 

Fred is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He has a rare talent for combining flavors to create food that is out of this world! Grow's Head Chef Alberto Felix brings an amazing international flair that beautifully compliments Fred's comfort food offerings. But at Grow...it's about more than just delicious  food. We source as many ingredients as possible from local farms and other small businesses.  So - you're not only getting the highest quality and healthiest food -  you're building the strength of your own community.

Fred and Michele stumbled upon each other when they were both practically still kids, working at the Shelton Bertucci's, where everyone told them they would eventually run their own place. 
A mid-week dinner out, a romantic date, some comfort food take out, a happy hour glass of wine, a family celebration or a great healthy lunch. Whatever the occasion...Grow is the spot.  

 
Sugar & Olives Restaurant
21 Lois St.
Norwalk ,CT 06851  
 
Jennifer Balin
203-454-3663
 
Sugar and Olives is one of the most unique dining spots in the region. Their commercial building in Norwalk has been turned into an industrial-chic cooking, eating, lounging, and event space -- one flowing into another. Just inside the door there's a farmhouse table displaying food for sale from local farms, products from Sugar & Olives suppliers, and some of the owner's favorite cookbooks -- all for sale. Beyond that you can see cooks working on prep and a large event space available for any occasion. 

Chef/owner Jennifer Balin is everywhere at once -- consulting with the cooks, greeting guests, moving from table to table. With a charming personality, she's eager to talk about her food sources, organic ingredients, local farmers, and favorite recipes. Visit Sugar & Olives sometime for a great, fresh meal!


 
Fairfield Green Food Guide 

Analiese Paik
info@fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com
Fairfield Green Food Guide provides Fairfield County consumers with the resources and information they need to eat more locally and sustainably through online content and live events. Their unique guides to farmers' markets, farm stands, organic restaurants, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and more empower consumers to make local-sustainable food purchasing decisions that positively impact their health and the health of the environment. Their events educate the public about sustainable food issues and empower them to make responsible buying decisions from local farmers, restaurants, specialty food producers, and retailers.
Consistently publishing high-quality, unique, and focused content and engaging with consumers across multiple platforms - web, social, email, and events - has earned them frequent and loyal readers and many awards!

Nutty Bunny
Westport, CT 06880 
 
My name is Pamela Aflalo. A few years ago, my sweet daughter Sophie had developed some serious health issues, with frequent colds that often led to breathing difficulties and coughing fits. It was heart breaking for my husband and me to see her chronically sick and we hated to give her medicine that didn't seem to help anyway. We were desperate.
 
I started looking for alternative approaches to rid Sophie of her allergies and her dependency on ineffective medicine.  I found increasingly more evidence of a link between allergies and dairy products, so I eliminated them from Sophie's diet.  Within weeks, Sophie was symptom free. Since then, she has not taken any medication and hasn't missed a single school day because of sickness. She is a healthy, happy and ridiculously active child.
 
But Sophie missed her ice cream! So with my culinary training from the Natural Gourmet Institute and my background as a researcher, I set out to make the most delicious and healthy non-dairy ice cream for Sophie.  Many batches later, Nutty Bunny was born and named after my nickname for Sophie.
 
Nutty Bunny products are made in small batches in Westport, Connecticut. All ingredients are 100% organic, vegan, non-GMO and are naturally gluten-free. They do not use any artificial sweeteners and there are no funky, unpronounceable substances. They simply use nature's purest ingredients and also use local sources whenever possible.    
 
NOFA Organic Land Care  
'Annual Gathering'  
This fun & educational annual event took place on December 9, 2016 in Southington, CT. This 11th annual event attracts hundreds of Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) and other land managers who are interested in industry updates in sustainable landscaping practices.  Click HERE for the overview of the conference.
 
Where do you find organic products and services 
for your yard and home landscape?  
 
We have compiled a list of NOFA OLC sponsors and exhibitors who have helped to grow and develop the organic industry. 
 
Save the Date ~ CT NOFA Annual Winter Conference 

March 11 & 12, 2017
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT

CT NOFA's Annual Winter Conference is the premier event where farmers, landscapers, foodies, gardeners, and community leaders convene to learn innovative practices, share ideas, and network with other enthusiasts!

We are looking for creative, energetic people like you to be a Workshop Presenter at CT NOFA's 35th Annual Winter Conference! 
 Use this online form to apply to be a 2017 Workshop Presenter.

        We are looking for farms, nonprofits, and organizations to host exhibitor tables at CT NOFA's 35th Annual Winter Conference! 
Use this online form to apply to be a 2017 Vendor.

If you have any questions, please email winterconference@ctnofa.org!
Thank You to Our Sponsors & Advertisers  
        
CT NOFA - Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT, 126 Derby Ave., Derby, CT 06418