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February 2008 - Part 2
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Notes and reminders from your editor - The Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference on February 16th still has space available.  We did have a problem with the online registration, but that should be resolved now.  You can also just call the office to register and pay at the door. In order to reach as many beginning farmers as possible, we still have scholarships available for our conferences.  Please call us at the office to learn more: 203-888-5146. 

Upcoming CT NOFA Events & News
Organic Land Care 5-day Courses - There are still spots open for the Rhode Island course.  Become an Accredited Professional!  If you could not make it to the Connecticut course, click here for more details.

Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference - 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.  Check here for details and registration.

Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference - March 8, 2008 in Windsor, CT.  Contact Leanne Davis here  to volunteer for a planning committee.  There are still a few spots for vendors and exhibitors.  Please contact Kim Barnes at or 860-823-1456.  Our website now has the program brochure posted and a printable registration form.  Online registration will be available soon.
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.  The deadline for the NOFA Organic Land Care Guide is February 15th and March 1st for the Farm & Food Guide.

Other Upcoming Events
NOFA-NH 6th Annual Winter Conference - Saturday, March 1, 2008 in Tilton, NH.  For details, visit their website.
"Fostering Food Processing On Farms and In Communities" is the title of the 2008 Annual NY Small-Scale Food Processors' Association (NYSSFPA) conference to be held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Hudson Valley Foodworks in Poughkeepsie. See the full press release here

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.

UConn Home & Garden Education Center - Knowledge to Grow On:  Successful Seed Starting seminar will be held March 8th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Auer Farm in Bloomfield, CT. $50 fee.  Registration required (877) 486-6271 or

Grass-Finished Meats Conference - March 8, 2008, 9:00 to 4:15 at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall, Bloomsberg, PA.  For more information, call either David Hartman at 570-784-6660 ext. 12, email Or  Kris Ribble at 570-784-4401 ext. 111, or email at
2008 UConn Conferences:
Perennial Plant Conference - Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Storrs Campus. Visit this site for more information.
For the Home Gardener - Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Storrs campus in Storrs, CT. For more details, go here.
Spring Bedding Plant Program for Greenhouse Growers - various dates and locations.
For more information, visit their website.
Adult Ed Class - FOOD SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY:What You Don't Know CAN Hurt  You.  A film will be shown in each session: 
    Session I:  The Future  of Food 
    Session  II:  King Corn
Each film will be followed by a group discussion.
The class is offered through Farmington  Continuing Education, and will be held at Farmington High School.   It consists of two-sessions, Tuesday, March 25 and Tuesday April 01,  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.   Resident Fee $29. Non-Resident Fee $34
For more information or to register online, please go here.
Weslyan event - April 4, 2008 at Crowell Concert Hall in Middletown, CT: Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns Keynote Address: "Food, Power, and Identity".  A three day event that will discuss how food shapes our identities, our public and private discourse, our politics, and our daily lives.  Check here for more information. 
Audubon Connecticut is doing an Organic Lawn and Turf workshop - at Audubon Greenwich on Thursday April 10th.  This one will be specifically geared for school grounds personneland will be presented by Chip Osborne.  R.S.V.P. to Christy Pennoyer: 203-869-5272 x225
New Morning Natural & Organic Earth Day - Saturday, April 19- 11-4 pm. at New Morning Natural & Organic in Woodbury, CY. Join us for "Earth Household 2008".-  More info: 203-263-4868 and details coming soon at their website.
NOFA Summer Conference - The 34th Annual NOFA Summer Conference will be held August 8 - 10, 2008 at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts (new location!).  Upcoming details will be posted here.   
Community Board
Natureworks Garden Center Help Wanted - 2 positions available for the 2008 Season
1.    Retail Plant Care - Entry level position. We are looking for a down to earth, conscientious person to take   care of plants and wait on customers during our very busy spring and  early summer seasons. Full time through July 4th, 8-9 hours a day, 5 days a week, Sundays required.
2.    Gardener wanted, full time. Must be available Monday-Friday 7-4, late March through November. No weekends. Must be willing to work in all types of weather. Must be able to lift fifty pounds. This position is primarily perennial bed maintenance. Pay based on experience. Come join us and broaden your knowledge while supporting a successful, cutting edge, organic garden center and landscaping business.
Call 203-484-2748 or email us at for an application or send your resume to: 518 Forest Rd.  Northford, CT 06472

Recipes Wanted!!! -Are you a Connecticut farmer (produce, meat, dairy, other)? 
Are you a Connecticut chef that uses local ingredients?  Do you have favorite seasonal recipes using your products or other locally produced goods?  Do you want to share your recipes?  Submit your recipes to be included in a cookbook based on Connecticut's local flavor!  Is there a story behind the recipe or an anecdote from the
farm?  Include that too!

Send all recipes and stories(including your contact information) to:
c/o The Bridges Clinic, LLC
161 East Ave, Suite 105
Norwalk, CT  06851
For more information contact:
Jennifer Spaide, (203) 642-3737
Added Value in Brooklyn, NY
is seeking two Urban Farm Assistants who will be responsible for the general operation of the Red Hook Community Farm.  Please send resume and cover letter to or mail to Search Committee at 305 Van Brunt Street Brooklyn, NY 11231.
Positions available: Glen Gate Company based in Wilton, CT, has openings for  Landscape Installation Foreman and Plant Health Technician.  We offer Competitive Wages and Benefits-Paid time off, 401K & Health Insurance.  There is ample opportunity for growth - this is a career choice - not just another job. Please call 203-762-2000 and ask for Tina Wills, or fax your resume to 203-762-9070. You may also e-mail your resume to To learn more about our company please visit our website.
Farm Manager - Smokey House Center, a nonresidential farm and forest based youth
development program in Danby, Vermont, seeks a Farm Manager with market
gardening experience to manage the Center's organic vegetable and berry
operations and work closely with our other farm manager to coordinate the
livestock and forestry aspects of the farm. Send or e-mail cover letter and resume to Corrie Miller, Smokey House Center, 426 Danby Mountain Road, Danby, Vermont 05739  Application deadline:  February 29, 2008.  Start
date: Spring 2008.
NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer ExchangeA free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.
Connecticut News
USDA Targets Loans for Women and Minority Farmers- Bonnie Burr, Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Connecticut has announced that women and minority farmers interested in buying and operating family-sized farms may be eligible for loans from FSA.  For details, contact them through their website.


Other Items of Interest
Study comparing organic vs. conventional foods in children's diets - to read the article, go here.

If you have any stories, articles or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
Deb Legge
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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