January 2010

high hill orchard
          High Hill Orchard, Meriden, CT
         photo by Deb Legge
CT NOFA eNewsletter
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut
Since 1982
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From the staff at CT NOFA:

Thank you to all our readers for participation and support in the past year and we look forward to the same in 2010.

left to right: Clara Buitrago, Ashley Kremser, Teresa Mucci, Deb Legge, Marion Griswold, Bill Duesing, Carol Hannon
In This Issue
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap
Other Upcoming Events
Community Board
In the News
Other Items of Interest
Supporter Thanks
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Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
10th Annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE - Become an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional this year!
January 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 2010 (Snow Date: Jan. 21), Newburyport, MA
January 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 2010 (Snow Date: Jan. 29), New Haven, CT
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

"Food From Farms For Families"
January 16, 2010, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

CT NOFA Getting Started in Organic Farming
Saturday, January 30, 2010 - New Haven, CT. Join us if you're a new organic farmer, thinking of transitioning to organic or just need to get out of the house and hear a great bunch of speakers.

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

Bulk order - Information about the Tri-State Spring Bulk Order is now available online:  Postmark deadline is 1/31, but orders will be accepted in person at the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, 1/16, & the Paul Dettloff Seminar, 2/2-3.  Taxable items, compost, amendments, & fertilizers can be picked up Saturday, March 13.   Allium & potato seeds will be available for pick-up Saturday, April 10. Pick-up both days is at High Hill Orchard in Meriden, CT, from 8AM to Noon.   

We are also offering to our CT members only, Right Dress Licorice Root Mulch.  Quantities are available by pallet, 1/2 ton & full ton loads. Deliveries will be made in full truck loads only, so the CT order total will need to be 22 pallets. For more information & pricing options contact Cathleen O'Keefe, or (413) 584-6786.

Homeowners Workshops on Organic Lawn Care

*Thursday, March 4th, at the Wallingford Senior Center, 6:30pm-8:00pm

*Saturday, March 6th, at the Southington Library & Museum, 10:00am-11:30am

*Saturday, March 20th, at the Milford Library, 10:30am-12:00pm

*Monday, March 22nd, at the Case Memorial Library, Orange, 7:00pm-8:30pm

*Friday, April 9th, at the Ansonia Nature Center, 7:00pm-8:30pm

 *Saturday, April 17th, at the Ives Memorial Library, New Haven, 1:00 -2:30pm

 *Wednesday, April 21st, at the Cheshire Public Library, 7:00pm-8:30pm

 Offered by the Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. Organic Land Care Program

For more information: 203-888-5146

 Free of charge - no preregistration needed

NOFA Summer Conference ~ Save the Date - August 13-15, 2010 - Keynote Speaker - Sally Fallon
Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap
The 2009 Environmental Summit was held on December 2, 2009. Board and staff members Janet Heller and Deb Legge were in attendance. For details and additional resources, click here.

Other Upcoming Events
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.
Community Board
Millstone Farm: University Internship Program. Details>

Organic hay available - 1st and 2nd cutting Certified Organic hay. Contact: 860-651-8928
Southern Maine Farm for sale - Located in Kennebunk.  60 +/- acres, 30 in woods, 30 in fields and cultivation. 5 acres certified organic, 130-share CSA operation from 2006-2009. Additional details>

FRESH Farm Assistant Farm Manager - FRESH New London is a community non-profit based in New London, CT working towards a food-secure and food-just New London. More>

CSA Information workshop
- Monday, January 11, 2010, 7pm-8:30pm at Ambler Farm in Wilton, CT.  More>

Bids Wanted for the Installation of an Organic Orchard - A 250 - 500 tree dwarf Asian Pear organic orchard is planned for a private property in Litchfield County.  The installation is anticipated for April - May 2010.  For more details, contact Peter at Montgomery Gardens ~ ~ (860) 619 - 8028
Members In the News

indoor greens

Recent new CT NOFA board member Bernard Brennan attended last summer's Gardener Education workshops and tried instructor Bettylou Sandy's suggestion of starting an indoor greens garden:

New Milford Hospital's Plow to Plate(r) Program and author/illustrator Billy Steers are proud to introduce Tractor Mac - Farmer's Market- special edition book. Proceeds from sales benefit the Plow to Plate(r) Youth Chefs Program.   More>

A new CSA with good news - The Massaro Farm CSA in Woodbridge, CT(which will grow the food) has hired a farmer! And the IRS has awarded tax-exempt, 501(c)3 status to the Massaro Community Farm. More about the CSA and Community Farm.

Other Items of Interest
Inspiring ideas from the UK

Organics in the chef world

$700 in Vegetables from a 100 square foot garden and other updates

SARE publication -

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual

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