ct nofa logoGleanings
January 2011

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.]

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In this issue:
From the ED
Community Board
Other Items of Interest
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From the Executive Director

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Eating Animals

"We know, at least, that this decision will help prevent deforestation, curb global warming, reduce pollution, save oil reserves, lessen the burden on rural America, decrease human rights abuses, improve public health, and help eliminate the most systematic animal abuse in world history." 

Jonathan Safran Foer in his 2009 book Eating Animals on his decision to eschew factory-farmed animal products.

In America, an astonishing

99.9 percent of chickens raised for meat,

99 percent of turkeys,

97 percent of laying hens,

95 percent of pigs and

78 percent of cattle

are raised on factory farms, also known as CAFOs or confined animal feeding operations.

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The public libraries in Fairfield, CT are sponsoring a "One Book One Town" community-wide reading of Eating Animals this March.   In addition to encouraging townsfolk to read the book, there will be a writing contest and several lectures including one by the author.

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CT NOFA & NOFA Events & Announcements  

NOFA Accreditation Course

5-day course offered in CT, MA, RI ~ spaces still available!

See website for dates and registration information

Getting Started in Organic Farming

January 29, 2011

New Haven, CT

Registration is now open - come on out and meet a new farmer!

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29th Annual Winter Conference

Growing Together Since 1982
March 5, 2011
Manchester, CT

Other NOFA Chapter Winter Conferences

NOFA/Mass - January 15, 2011

NOFA-NY - January 21 to 23, 2011

NOFA-NJ - January 29 to 30, 2011NOFA-VT - February 12 to 14, 2011
NOFA-NH  - March 19, 2011


The Tri-State Spring Bulk Order is now open! The order includes useful things for the farm and garden: mineral amendments, fertilizers, potting soils, compost, cover crops seeds, pest control, animal health products, potato and allium seeds.  No order is too small or too large; collectively everyone who participates saves by purchasing together.  You can find full product information on our website.

The postmark deadline is January, 31st or pick-up/drop off an order form at the NOFA/Mass table at the Winter Conference, January 15th.

Deliveries are scheduled in Barre, Belchertown, Dalton, Ipswich, Lincoln (orders over $750 only), Natick, East Freetown, Meriden, CT and South Kingstown, RI.    For most sites, (see order form/website for detailed pick-up schedule) the bulk of the items may be picked up Saturday, March 12th except for allium and potato seeds, which will be available Saturday, April 9th.

PLEASE HELP!  As always, the Site Managers can use help unloading the truck, organizing, and breaking down orders.  This is another reason why we save money - everyone chips in a little work.  The trucks usually deliver the Tuesdays before pickup dates (March 8 and April 5).  Natick Community Farm has graciously agreed to host the pick-up during their very busy maple season.  If Natick, is your closest pick-up location, please volunteer to help check in & breakdown the order upon arrival Tuesday, March 8th and April 5th. Just circle "I can help breakdown" on your order form, arrive on the Tuesday for delivery, at a time to be determined, and take home your order early.  Volunteering is a great way to meet other NOFA members and to participate in a wonderful communal tradition. 

Questions? Contact Cathleen O'Keefe, Bulk Order Coordinator, bulkorder@nofamass.org 413-584-6786.

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CT NOFA was awarded over $73,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a program specifically for specialty crops in Connecticut.  Titled "Winter Food: Growing, Storing, Marketing and Cooking Specialty Crops for the Cold Season", this program will focus on increasing the availability, sales and consumption of locally-grown, organic and sustainable fruits, vegetables and herbs in the winter and on educating farmers in the best practices for growing, storing and marketing winter crops.

Celeriac from Wayne's Organic Garden in Oneco, CT
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To help us with this project, we ask that growers take a few minutes  to complete this survey.

CT NOFA Board member John Turenne of Sustainable Food Systems offers a great selection of fall & winter vegetable recipes here.

If you have a favorite recipe using any winter-storage crop vegetables, please send it along.


Community Board

Looking for a diesel pickup? Or an internship or farm manager opportunity? Check out the latest postings on the Community Board.


Classifieds and Community Board notices are now maintained on our website.  If you have a notice you'd like to add, send it along to the office.

New Business Members

Driscoll piggy
Berkshire baby pig

Green Valley Farm
- "We sell pasture raised heritage Berkshire pork and heritage breed turkeys. We also sell meat birds.  We do not use anitbiotics or any other synthetics.  We also breed Azteca horses and usually have two foals per year for sale."

Check greenvalleyfarmct.com for more.

Kinglet Gardens offers consultation, design, installation and maintenance services, as well as educational programs in the tri-state area. Our mission is to practice and teach the highest standards of organic, ecological gardening and land stewardship.

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We work with homeowners, land managers, schools, non-profits and municipalities.

We offer a range of workshops for individuals, in addition to CT and NYS K-12 standards-based school programs and teacher training.

As a dynamic organization, we work carefully with clients to identify a package of services and support that meet their needs, budget and abilities perfectly. We do not offer "off the rack" solutions.

Visit kingletgardens.com for more information.

In the News

Steven K. Reviczky has been named the state's commissioner of agriculture. Congrats!

Young farmers in this Grist article, with a mention of Connecticut's Dina Brewster of The Hickories in Ridgefield, CT.

Terry Jones of Jones Family Farm in Shelton has this article for the Connecticut Post.

Other Items of Interest

There's an app for that....more>

And if you don't have an iphone or ipad, here a couple of poultry related links you may find helpful...here and here

CT Farm Energy Program workshops

The CT NOFA Cookbook popped up on eBay recently!

Thanks to our Sponsors:

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If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this newsletter, please send them along.

Many thanks,

CT NOFA | PO Box 164 | Stevenson | CT | 06491