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February 2010

GLEANINGS: n. 1. That which has been acquired by gleaning. 2. The monthly eNewsletter of CT NOFA. [Glean:v. 1. to gather relevant information or material by patient effort, bit by bit; to find out. 2. to gather grain or other produce (often: left by reapers); to harvest.]
From the Executive Director


Dear CT NOFA members and friends,


Welcome to the new CT NOFA Gleanings eNewsletter.


bill duesingWe've decided to eliminate the quarterly publication of the paper version of Gleanings and move the name to our on-line publication.  We can reach nearly 3,000 people 12 times a year at a fraction of the cost of getting a paper copy of Gleanings to about 800 folks four times a year.  The information will be much more timely in the electronic version, too.


We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Erica Meyers-Russo who has done a wonderful job of editing Gleanings for many years.  Thanks too to the regular writers who've contributed to Gleanings over the years, including Judy Rothenberg, Al Eliason, Robin Glowa and Kim Stoner.


We hope to integrate some of their future writings into the electronic version.


Deb Legge, our office manager, edits the eNewsletter.  If you have items for it, send them to her at deb@ctnofa.org.

In This Issue
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap
Community Board
In the News
Other Items of Interest
Supporter Thanks
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE - Become an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional this year!
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

winter conference poster

CT NOFA's 28th Annual Winter Conference
Sustaining Connecticut: Growing Local, Eating Healthier, Living Smarter
March 6, 2009.  Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Registration is now open, with early bird registration before February 19. Check out the website for the latest details!

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What's Organic about Organic?
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Women & Family Life Center, Guilford. CT Film screening, followed by a facilitated discussion led by the CT NOFA Executive Director, Bill Duesing.

One on One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals
Beginning February 16, 2010 at various locations.  Bill Duesing & Michael Keilty wi
ll discuss Transitioning to Organic Production. Brochure>


Connecticut Premiere of
A Chemical Reaction
Sunday March 7th, at the Cinestudio, Trinity College, Hartford
Pre-screening reception hosted by CT NOFA at 1:00. 
Film screening at 2:00.  Suggested donation is $10

Bulk order update
-Thank you to all of those who participated in the 2010 Spring Bulk Order. The first Connecticut item pick-up (useful things, fertilizers, mineral amendments, Fedco cover crop seeds, animal nutrition) is scheduled March 13 at High Hill Orchard, 86 Fleming Road, in Meriden. Directions & site map available here. Please contact Cathleen O'Keefe, (413) 584-6786, with any questions about your order.

Other 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.

Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap
Joel Salatin's keynote address at the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference can be downloaded here.

The CT NOFA Getting Started in Organic Farming conference was held at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven on January 30, 2010.  Thirty-five people listened to a variety of speakers, including Paul Bucciaglia of Fort Hill Farm, Dr. Kim Stoner from the Ag Station, Joe Bonelli of UConn, The Hickories' Dina Brewster, Bob Muth from Muth Family Farm, and Don Franczyk from Baystate Organic Certifiers.

Dina Brewster                    potluck2
Volunteer Opportunities

We have a free table at the Neighborhood Network Organic Turf Show, Tuesday, February 16th, from 8am - 4pm. It's located in Farmingdale, NY at Farmingdale State College (Long Island) and we could use 1 to 2 volunteers to table and talk about the Organic Land Care program. Please contact Clara or call the office at 203-888-5146.

Stop by the CT NOFA booth (#355) at Hartford Flower Show, Feb 18-21.  If you'd like to
staff the booth for a few hours and talk to people about CT NOFA and Organic Land Care,
let us know. 

Guest Columnist

Views from the Barn:  K. Roselli-Rothenberg

By Judith Rothenberg


She managed to get into more trouble in the space of a month than all the other goats combined - and they'd had eighteen years. She did it effortlessly.  In all the years we have been keeping goats, or they have been keeping us, from Maxine and Szlotnick all the way to little Ella Bella from last summer, we'd never had a beast so bent and determined to get into anything and everything she shouldn't, and with such delight .  Her name is Kalamity.  A more aptly named creature we'd never met, let alone lived with.

Of course we didn't breed this little demon all by ourselves; we're just not that good.  We got her from Carla.  A fine caprine specimen, a goat's goat, more guts than brains, we should have known we were in for it when we saw the 007 on her ear tag. Read more>

Community Board

Position Available - Experienced gardener's assistant for all-organic vegetable and perennial garden/private  estate in Roxbury. Mondays and Thursdays April - Oct.  Fax resume/letter of interest to  860-350-4182.

Organic hay available - 1st and 2nd cutting Certified Organic hay. Contact: 860-651-8928
FRESH Farm Internship - FRESH New London is a community non-profit based in New London, CT working towards a food-secure and food-just New London. More>

Position Available
- Gardener at The Community Farm of Simsbury. Details>

Organic Farm Internships - White Gate Farm seeks 2010 Farm Interns. More>

Farm Manager & Director of Agriculture Programs - Common Ground School. Details>

Farmer Wanted - Iroquois Farm, a NOFANY certified Organic Garden and Crop farm, is in need of a family to manage and operate the farm located on 250 acres on the banks of the St. Lawrence River near Ogdensburg, NY. Contact M. Clements, 315-323-1905.

New Business Member Profile

montgomery gardens 2Montgomery Gardens, the CT and NY Manufacturer's Representative of Right Dress Licorice Root Mulch, joined CT NOFA this past October. Owner Peter Montgomery 38 year interest in perennial gardening led him to work in the potting barn at White Flower Farms and later with local landscapers.

Originally, Montgomery Gardens only designed, installed and maintained perennial gardens with plants sourced from growers specializing in native perennial landscaping plugs and bare root stock.  As of October 2009, the company expanded to become the manufacturer's representative for Right Dress Licorice Root Mulch in Connecticut and New York.

For more pricing information, test results and technical information on licorice root mulch, contact Peter Montgomery by phone at (860) 619 8028, or by e-mail at petersgardens@optonline.net.


Help support our business members!

If you'd like add logos, pictures or additional text to your listings, send them along to the office.

Members In the News
Business members Jordan Caterers manage the Cafe on the Park at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain. The Cafe was recently chosen by Connecticut Magazine readers for Best Lunch in Hartford County. More>
Featured Regional Organization

What Is The Experiment Station Associates?

Many of you are familiar with The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), a state-supported research institution, which has been solving problems and improving the quality of life of state residents and the nation using state-of-the-art scientific procedures since 1875. 

In 1990, a group known as The Experiment Station Associates (ESA) was founded by supporters of the CAES.  This non-profit group assists the CAES in delivering new scientific findings to Connecticut residents, thereby expanding visibility for the CAES and facilitating outreach to its stakeholders. 

ESA members benefit from a number of activities that include:

o   Station events, including Plant Science Day and Spring Open House;

o   Field trips to interesting sites in Connecticut that include speakers from CAES staff;

o   Annual meetings where CAES scientists report on their latest discoveries;

o   Bulletins.


You are invited to join the ESA and help support the important work of the CAES.  More information about the CAES and the ESA can be found at here. Once at the CAES homepage, click on "Experiment Station Associates" for a membership form. Inquiries about the ESA can also be addressed by calling 1.877.855.2237 or sent to ESA, P. O. Box 3560, Amity Station, New Haven, CT  06525.


--Contributed by Dr. Sharon M. Douglas, CAES

Other Items of Interest
Cornell University has added two new online resources:
A Grower's Guide to Organic Apples
Production Guide for Organic Grapes

Raw Milk Group is now called the CT Farmstead Dairy Alliance

2010 Speciality Crop Block Grant-FB Program - grant from the Department of Agriculture to promote the production and sale of specialty crops. Application deadline is March 1, 2010. Details>

The Farmer's Cow ice cream naming contest.

From the Xerxes Society - Pollinator Conservation on Organic Farms

Organic farming & climate change report from the UK.


Sustainable food Twitters

Thanks to our supporters
Let us know what you think of the expanded format. We'd like to add additional member profiles and other news of interest. If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this newsletter, please send them along.

Many thanks,
Deb Legge
CT NOFA | PO Box 164 | Stevenson | CT | 06491