CT NOFA eNewsletter
January 2008
25th Anniversary Year
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut since 1982

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Notes and reminders from your editor - There are scholarships available for our conferences in order to reach as many community organizations and beginning farmers as possible.  Please call us at the office to learn more - 203-888-5146.

In case you forgot to make any New Year's resolutions, here's a few from from Michael Pollan:
*Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
*Avoid foods containing ingredients you can't pronounce.
*Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot.
*Avoid food products that carry health claims.
*Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle.
*Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmer's market of CSA.
*Pay more, eat less.
*Eat a wide diversity of species.
*Eat food from animals that eat grass.
*Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food.
*Eat meals and eat them only at tables.
*Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure.

Upcoming CT NOFA Events & News
Organic Land Care 5-day Courses - There are still spots open for the courses.  Become an Accredited Professional!  Check out the courses
in Connecticut, Massachusetts and, new this year, Rhode Island.
Community Farming Conference - February 9, 2008 in New Haven, CTConnecting towns and land trusts with land, the community groups that want a local farm, and the farmers who need land and local markets.  For more information and a printable registration form, check here
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.

We are also looking to purchase local sources of meats and vegetables for these two conferences.  Please call the office at 203-888-5146 if you can help out.
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference - March 8, 2008 in Windsor, CT.  Contact Leanne Davis here  to volunteer for a planning committee.  Vendors and Exhibitors are also sought. Please contact Kim Barnes at or 860-823-1456. Keep an eye on our website for upcoming details.
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

12th Annual Vermont Grazing Conference - From Fallow Fields to Farm Fresh Food  featuring Greg Judy, MO Custom Grazier. Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT.  Check here for more info.
Cheesemaking for Beginners at Terra Firma Farm - January 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st.  6:30-8:30 PM in Stonington, CT.  For registration details, visit their site.

Legislative Training Day - Sponsored by the CT Sierra Club, January 19, 2008 from 9:00 to 1:00 in the hearing rooms at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT.  For more information, check their site.

Annual Meeting of the CT Community Gardening Association - Jan 22, 2008 at 7 pm at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT.  For information about this and other events, visit their site.
Inaugural Global Sustainability & Climate Change Symposium - January 29 to 31, 2008 at Central Connecticut State University in  New Britain, CT .  Our very own Bill Buesing is speaking on the 31st on the topic of "Eating Locally, Seasonally and Organically". Click here to go to their site for details.
Natureworks Winter/Spring Classes - a range of classes for new or experienced gardeners with the ever exuberant Nancy DuBrule-Clemente.  For more information, go to their website.

Foodshare event - 25th Anniversary Food Industry Appreciation Reception.  An evening of socializing and networking with industry collegues, with thanks from Foodshare for helping to fight hunger in greater Hartford.  January 30, 2008 for 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Foodshare Distribution Center, Bloomfield, CT.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Maurice Casey at 860-286-9989 ext. 127 or by email.
Mandatory Market Master Seminar - Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at the Middlesex Extension Center, Haddam, CT.  All farmers/vendors are invited to attend.  For more information, contact Rick Macsuga at 860-713-2544 or Mark Zotti at 860-713-2538.

Good Food for Change - Celebrating Local Green, sponsored by New Morning. Saturday, February 9-6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society in Woodbury, CT.  For details and directions, visit their site.


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.

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.
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. 
Community Board
Northfordy Farm seeks volunteers for 2008 growing season. Learn every  aspect
of small-scale organic vegetable production and tending farm animals in exchange for fresh organic produce. Have a free day or half day? Call Peter at 203-494-8408.

B&B Landscaping - seeking project managers, landscape designers, laborers, foremen, machine operators.  Call the Human Resources Department at 860-430-3000 or visit their website for more details.

Positions available - Learn from one of the founders!  Organic Land Care Company in Fairfield,CT.  President is a founding member of the Organic Land Care (OLC) program, developed first standards to Organic Land Care, and teaches Organics around the country.  Positions include Planting/Construction Supervisor and Gardening Supervisor.  For details, visit their website.

Apprentices Welcome at Aiki Farms - Now is the time to apply for apprenticeship at Aiki farms where Aikido training, Biointensive certification,and zazen meditation are offered, as well as sharing in the fruits of ones labor at seasons end.  For more information, call Robert at 860-536-6407 or email at

Fiddleheads Food Cooperative will host a Winter Farmers Market in the site of our future store at 13 Broad St., New London, CT.  The Winter Farmers Market will include items grown and/or made regionally.  The Winter Farmers Market will be held each Saturday during February, March and April.  February 2nd, 2008 is the date for the opening market.  Time:  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Vendors are welcome.  For more information, call Sheila Herbert at 860-701-0678.

Preserve Your Farm - We are a married couple, (Permaculture Designer and Green Building Engineer) in CT with no kids looking to buy a farm in CT or central/western MA to preserve in perpetuity.  We hope to start an educational facility for organic growing/Permaculture/green building.  Please help us create our dream and we will protect your farm from development.  Please contact us at: or call (860) 712-3485.

Working retreat/apprenticeship -  available on a small young farm with the marketing of goat cheese.  Centered upon semi-homesteading/sustainable farming within a nature-based mindfulness/narrowing the gap between what we know and what we think we know.  Six months minimum.  In Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  For more info, email or 802-274-1531.

F.R.E.S.H. New London job opening - Education Coordinator.  Visit their site for more details.

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
Urbanminers Open House -  at its De-construction Warehouse in Hamden, CT.  January 12, 2007, from 2:00 to 5:00.  To learn more about how this group recycles and reuses building materials from deconstruction, visit their site.

Face of Connecticut - CT NOFA has recently joined this organization,  to help preserve the unique qualities of Connecticut's diverse landscape for generations to come.

CT Department of Agriculture Livestock Producer Survey - The CT Department of Agriculture encourages all Connecticut livestock producers to take a short online survey developed by the Community Action Brattleboro Area (CABA) to help determine needs for regional meet processing facilities and services.  To learn more about this project, click here.

Environmental news - An interesting way to keep track of environmental news in CT and beyond.  
Carrot Project Update - farmers help create financing solutions. THANK YOU to all the farmers that have responded to our request to help address financing gaps for beginning farmers, farmers transitioning to more ecologically friendly practices, farmers looking to expand their businesses, and farmers working to maintain the viability of their farms. If you are a farmer, and haven't had a chance to respond to a 10 minute confidential survey please do. Check it out here.  Questions? Contact or call Dorothy at 617-666-9637.


Other Items of Interest
The Farm-Based Education Association now has materials posted on their website from their 3rd Eductional Farm Symposium that was held November 8-10, 2007 at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont.
Agriculture resources - The following are two excellent resources for free access to many
agricultural books that pre-date the chemical era, or that are part of
that era but still advocate farming/gardening without chemicals.

The Small Farms Libray at Journey to Forvever:

The Agriculture Library at Soil and Health: (Scroll down and click on
Agriculture Library)

New England Greenhouse Update - Greenhouse growers and retailers can stay up to date on emerging issues affecting their industry.  To sign up for a newsletter or fax/email notices, wisit their website.


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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