Gleanings Newsletter
January 2016
In This Issue
Donate To CT NOFA & Organics Today! 

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or join our CrowdRise Team for a chance to win prizes, including Chez Panisse posters signed by Alice Waters and great outdoor gear from Patagonia!   
The top two fundraisers who help us reach our goal each win a prize! These two winners choose from two Alice Waters signed posters and three Patagonia jackets. Plus, any $100+ donor will automatically be entered to win one of the remaining prizes. 
 
Click here to donate or get started as a Fundraiser today! Click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our CT NOFA Team on CrowdRise.

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Renew or join today! J
oin our community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, educators, chefs and consumers committed to growing Connecticut organically. Click here to learn more about CT NOFA memberships, including the benefits of becoming a business member.
NOFA Bulk Order  
Order in January to save on Organic Farm & Garden Supplies

NOFA is pleased to announce the
2016 Bulk Order program. Bulk orders offers discounts on organic farm, garden and lawn care products while supporting NOFA state chapters.

In 2016 there will be six participating order pick up sites in Massachusetts, one site in Rhode Island and one site in Connecticut.


New Cover Crop Blends

This year's Bulk Order will include pre-mixed cover crop cocktail blends for your cover cropping regimen. Whether on-farm or in your backyard garden, this simple method can suppress weeds, restore carbon, and improve soil health overall.

The 2016 NOFA Bulk Order is ONLY OPEN from January 1 through January 31
Jeff Cordulack
Executive Director
Together, we are bringing new organic paradigms to Connecticut!

One of our most important goals for 2016 is to spread the word that organic agriculture and land care are proven, cost-effective methods for producing goods while also reducing carbon in the atmosphere! A win-win solution, indeed.
 
We aim to educate and empower every farmer, land care professional, gardener and homeowner to adopt at least one tenet of organic practices to help combat climate change, create more healthy and resilient communities, and restore soil health.

We continue our commitment to growing the next generation of organic farmers and I'm pleased to share that our Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course is underway with 39 participants, 31 of which are new and aspiring farmers. We are training several brand new farmers planning their first growing season, a new marketing manager at an established family farm creating a vision for the development and growth of the farm, and full-time farmers who want a better understanding of the business decisions that will help guide the future direction of their farms. Upcoming sessions will focus on business planning and end with the final four on-farm sessions this spring.
  
We wrote the standards for organic land care, we educate organic lawn and land care professionals, and advocate for safer, non-toxic practices and laws that support them. At our 10th Annual Gathering of Organic Land Care Professionals on December 14th, we highlighted updates to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care 6th Edition, honored the City of Springfield, Mass. with an Organic Leadership Award, and also surprised Chip Osborne with an award in honor of his work advocating for organic lawn care in public and private spaces. Congratulations to the City of Springfield and Chip! You can learn more about this powerful annual event below. 
 
Your generous donations help fund CT NOFA programs that are critical to growing an organic Connecticut.

Please support us on this mission - we can't do it without you! Please make a donation today so we can continue our existing initiatives while adding new ones - like 'carbon farming' and fighting fake grass sports fields - in the New Year.

Thank you for your membership and support. I wish you and yours a healthy and happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Jeff Cordulack
jeff@ctnofa.org | 203-613-8813

How To Help Fundraise or Contribute Today!   
  1. Donate by check payable to CT NOFA or donate on via our website: ctnofa.org
  2. Call CT NOFA at 203-308-2584 (office) or 203-613-8813 (executive director).
  3. Or join our team &/or make a donation on the Year-End Fundraiser 2015 on CrowdRise (online fundraising platform). You can help CT NOFA and win prizes, too!  

We are excited to give away limited edition Chez Panisse posters signed by Alice Waters and Patagonia outerwear to top CrowdRise fundraisers and donors of $100 or more. We have raised over $33,000 towards our year-end goal of $69,000!

Join the CT NOFA Board!

Are you a farmer? Have marketing or fundraising skills? Or do you simply want to lend your talents to organic initiatives in our state? If so, we want to meet you.

Please contact CT NOFA Board President John Turenne for an exploratory conversation at: 
jturenne@sustainablefoodsystems.com.

Progress and a Different Paradigm for the New Year

By Bill Duesing, CT NOFA Founder & Organic Advocate

We've made good progress in the past year having our voices heard on the food and farming issues we care about: healthy food for everyone, support for beginning farmers, GMO labeling, food justice, fair wages for workers throughout the food system, excess nutrient pollution and climate change. We have also made progress in animal care issues. Some restaurant and food chains are planning to eliminate routine use of antibiotics for animals and gestation crates for sows. Sellers of unhealthy foods and beverages are struggling; organic farmers have trouble keeping up with demand. 
Continue reading Bill's article on the CT NOFA blog  

2015 Annual Gathering of Organic Land Care Professionals Was a Success! 

By Jenna Messier

Jeff Cordulack, Executive Director of CT NOFA; Lynn Rose, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, City of Springfield; Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director, Springfield Dept. of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management; Robert Dill, Field Manager, Springfield Dept. of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management; Edward Brunton, Enviromental Specialist, Springfield Dept. of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, and Chip Osborne AOLCP, Lead Consultant to the City of Sprimgfield and President of Osborne Organics.
We were very excited to host our 10th Annual Gathering on December 14th, 2015 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel. It was a noteworthy conference, with cutting-edge speakers and topics being covered, collegiate networking among AOLCPs, and a comfortable venue with excellent food and service.

We began the day by highlighting changes to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care 6th Edition, scheduled to be finalized and printed in January of 2016. Some of the most important changes will occur in the NOFA Organic Land Care Program chapter, Energy Use and Climate Change chapter, and the Fertilizers and Amendment chapter.

Significant changes to the introductory chapter will be adding a policy on using fertilizers containing GMO grains, clarifying both the Emergency Non-Organic Rescue Treatment and the Split Business policy. 

Continue reading on the NOFA OLC blog 

In the News 

The organic farming community has lost a tireless advocate, Lee Warren, former CT NOFA president, who passed on 10-31-15 after a long illness. Lee worked for many years in the printing business while eventually establishing Thankful Circle Farm in Killingworth, Ct. His love for the land combined with his desire to grow quality produce led him to find his passion in organic farming. Lee sold locally at farmers
markets and health food stores where he was known not only for his quality vegetables, but also for his infectious smile and hearty laugh.
 
Lee served as president of NOFA Ct in the late 1990's during the somewhat contentious period of the development of the National Organic Program standards. He worked tirelessly to maintain the integrity of the organic standards and not have them watered down to serve larger corporate interests. Lee felt strongly that his mission also included promoting local agriculture and educating the community on organic practices. He frequently welcomed people to his farm and was particularly fond of engaging children in the harvesting and planting of various vegetables. He was among many activists who were
instrumental in helping to keep the CT law on organic practices of the highest standard.
 
Lee is survived by his four children, Amie Guarraia of East Lyme, Sara Warren of Guilford, Jesse Warren of NYC and Elijah Warren of Southwick,Mass. He is also survived by his five grandchildren and his sister Debra Nest of Nashua NH. He was predeceased by both his parents and his daughter Sage Warren. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the organic farming community.

CT NOFA Events

 34th Annual Winter Conference
Saturday, March 12, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
and
Sunday, March 13, 2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
  

Featuring 50+ workshops, dozens of exhibits, unique vendors, and a lunch catered by Connecticut's finest restaurants.   
Vendor Sign-up Now Open  
Farmers, artisan food producers, seed companies, garden supply companies, craftsman, and others businesses are invited to exhibit at our 34th annual Winter Conference. More than 800 farmers and consumers passionate about organic living attended last year's conference! Click here for Vendor Registration Info.

2016 Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities 
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 our package options.

2015 CONFERENCE VISITOR SURVEY: What do you want to learn about this year? Please take our brief survey to let us know what presentations and workshops you'd like to see at the conference. 

 

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