Gleanings Newsletter ~ February 2016
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Jeff Cordulack
Executive Director
It's Conference Time!

My team and I have been working for many months to bring you an exceptional 34th Annual Winter Conference on March 12 and 13 at WCSU Danbury.

Meet keynote speaker, Travis Marcotte when he explains the value of 'food hubs' and the development of Vermont's statewide food system plan, Farm-to-Plate. Plus, choose from over 60 farm, garden, and food-themed workshops, unique home and garden vendors, and a fine lunch catered by gourmet restaurants from across the state!

Day two of the Conference provides farmers and serious gardeners with longer, 2.5 to 5 hour workshops on the topics you've been requesting, including the Getting Started in Organic Farming series of talks, explaining the "Value" in Value Added Products, and Extending the Growing Season!  

Please visit our website for a complete list of workshops and sign up TODAY!

I look forward to seeing you there! 

Sincerely,
Jeff Cordulack
jeff@ctnofa.org | 203-613-8813
'Organic Land Care' 4-Day Training (Feb. 22-25) ~ Only CT course in 2016!
This year's annual NOFA Organic Land Care training and professional accreditation course in Norwich, CT is on Feb 22-25, 2016. This is the only time it will be held in Connecticut this year so now is the time to sign up. This in-depth course features an array of top experts and provides a solid foundation for people who want to their real grass fields, gardens, and landscapes to thrive without synthetic chemicals.

Ideal for landscapers, school grounds managers, gardeners, conservationists, educators, and others interested in soil biology and sustainable land management.  SPACE LIMITED. RESERVE TODAY!

Learn more and sign up at: www.organiclandcare.net 

Eggs

By Bill Duesing, CT NOFA Founder & Organic Advocate

"Uncle Sam expects you to keep hens and raise chickens" is the headline on a USDA advertisement from 1918.

Beneath the headline is a drawing which includes a girl feeding a small flock of hens while the rooster looks on and a boy building a little shelter, all in an outside area enclosed by a fence. In the background is a simple chicken house which looks like a small country cottage.  

Read the words on the ad! The key points include:
  • Two hens per person is a good ratio for fresh eggs.
  • Chickens will fit into most backyards.
  • Cost and time needed are minimal.
  • Food wastes can provide much of the food.
  • Children can care for chickens.
At Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Travis Marcotte
Executive Director of the Intervale Center in Vermont



SATURDAY: Meet keynote speaker, Travis Marcotte when he explains the value of 'food hubs' and how the Intervale Center played an integral role in the development of Vermont's comprehensive, statewide food system plan, Farm-to-Plate.

Plus, choose from over 60 farm, garden, and food-themed workshops, unique home and garden vendors, and a fine lunch catered by gourmet restaurants from across the state!

SUNDAY: Day two of the Conference provides farmers and serious gardeners with longer, 2.5 to 5 hour workshops on the topics you've been requesting, including the Getting Started in Organic Farming series of talks, explaining the "Value" in Value Added Products, and Extending the Growing Season!  Space limited for these workshops. Please reserve today to save your seat.

Discount Available until February 14 only!

2016 CT NOFA Winter Conference Sponsors: 


Lunch will be generously provided by these sponsors:
Barcelona, Kawa Ni, The Whelk, New Morning Market, Wave Hill Breads, Sodexo, Sugar & Olives, Plan B, and Mill Street Bar & Table

CT NOFA's 34th Annual Winter Conference is brought to you in cooperation with Western Connecticut State University and its Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies. This program is also a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA.

   

Elevate your brand awareness with CT NOFA members - people who are passionate about organic food, gardening, farming and land care. CT NOFA sponsorship and ad packages bundle admission and exhibiting expenses with low-cost advertising and sponsorship opportunities at the event, in print, and online year-round. Choose from a variety of options starting at $150. Click here to review CT NOFA's marketing packages 

Featured Business Members

Walter Stewart's Market

Walter Stewart's Market is an independent, family-owned grocery store in New Canaan that goes the extra mile to source local, artisan and sustainable food for the growing number of consumers who want to eat this way. CT Grown fruits and vegetables are featured year round along with Millstone Farm eggs, Arethusa Farm milk and cream, and a delicious selection of farmstead cheeses.

Artisan and specialty foods from local, Non-GMO and organic producers, some quite small, make shopping at Walter Stewart's particularly exciting and rewarding. Whole G bread from New Haven makes a delicious, German-style bread from whole and organic grains; Lulu's Southern Pies from Greenwich are as small batch as they come; and Nutty Bunny ice cream from Westport makes organic, Non-GMO, gluten-free and dairy-free frozen desserts just perfect for vegans and those suffering from food allergies. Walter Stewart's carries Shearwater Coffee Roasters' line of organic and Fair Trade, local-roasted coffees, Maury's Hive Tea, and direct trade, Non-GMO hot chocolate from Cisse Trading.

Walter Stewart's Market, 229 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840, (203) 966-4848

Gilbertie's Herb Gardens

Gilbertie's is a family-owned business started in 1922 that is now the largest grower of USDA Certified Organic herb plants on the East Coast. All of the ingredients for your perfect garden can be found here - from a wide selection of annuals and perennials, to extensive landscape products, to their renowned USDA Certified Organic herbs and vegetables. Each of their plants is grown in a custom made, certified organic soil blend that has taken them four years to perfect, ensuring the highest amount of essential oil and taste in each herb and green.

Visit their garden center in Westport to shop for all your organic gardening needs and be sure to budget time to enjoy the formal display gardens and themed greenhouses, and peruse the gift shop where you can purchase Sal Gilbertie's gardening books to further your knowledge. Check their online schedule for free lectures and classes on the importance of growing organically to preserve our world and to be healthier. For the last five years, Gilbertie's has hosted the Winter Westport Farmers Market in one of their greenhouses. The market is held each Saturday from 10-2 through March 12.

What Martha has to say about Sal's 5th book, "Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening":
"Whether you have a real garden or just a window box, I can think of no better guide to creating a sustainable herb and vegetable garden than Sal Gilbertie. For more than 30 years I have turned to Sal for healthy, productive plants. With this useful and informative book, he can help you, too, cultivate your garden." - Martha Stewart, Celebrity Author, Chef & Lifestyle Guru

Gilbertie's Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport CT 06880. Call (203) 227-4175 or email GilbertiesHerbs@msn.com
 



McLoughlin Landscapes LLC

McLoughlin Landscapes LLC is a family owned and operated business based in Stamford that has provided homeowners and businesses in Fairfield and Westchester counties with professional landscaping services since 1975. Founder Jim McLoughlin built his business from a one man operation into a highly successful landscape design, build and maintenance company that currently employs fifteen skilled and dedicated landscape technicians.

Managing Partner and Lead Designer James McLoughlin has been with the company for close to twenty years and is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP). Certified by the New York Botanical Garden as a Landscape Designer, James has also completed the New York Botanical Garden's Gardening Program and continues to utilize the wealth of knowledge that the Botanical Garden provides by regularly attending classes and seminars on landscape design and theory. James holds both an Arborist and a Turf and Ornamental Supervisory license from the State of Connecticut.

McLoughlin Landscapes LLC, 281 Silver Hill Lane, Stamford, CT 06905. Email jimmcland@gmail.com or call 203 324 5550

Seasonal Food Service Director, Head Chef and Sous Chef Opportunities:
 
Located in the Pocono Mountains of PA, Camp Harlam is seeking a qualified FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR, 1 HEAD CHEF AND 1 SOUS CHEF to work with their foodservice partner - John Turenne, FCSI - to implement and oversee their new, high quality foodservice program. The dates of employment are from early June to mid/late August 2016. Housing is provided.
 
Please send resume & cover letter to: Sustainable Food Systems, LLC sfs@sustainablefoodsystems.com with the subject CAMP HARLAM FSD, HEAD CHEF OR SOUS CHEF.

CT NOFA Events  

Feb. 22-25:  NOFA's Organic Land Care Accreditation Course (Norwich, CT)This year's professional accreditation course in Norwich, CT will be the only time it will be held in Connecticut this year! So now is the time to sign up. Space is limited.March 12-13:  CT NOFA's 34th Annual Winter Conference (Danbury, CT):  Join us Saturday for our traditional conference with 60+ vendors, workshops and more. Come Sunday for in-depth courses on 'getting started in organic farming', 'intensive vegetable gardening', extending seasons, value-added products, and more! Pass the word and sign up for discounted admission today!

Partner Events In The Region 

February 8-9: The 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference (Stockbridge, MA):  Join the Bionutrient Association for 'Nurtuting Nature For Food Quality' at the Kripalu Center.

February 12:  Farm Transfer Planning Workshop (Suffield, CT):  Learn the options and many resources for transferring your business or farmland ownership. 

Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants & Healthy People on Sunday, February 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, RI


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