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CT NOFA eNewsletter
July 2008
CT NOFA
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Notes and reminders from the editor -

If you are a CT NOFA member (and if you are not, why not join today?), you should have recently received this year's Farm & Food and Organic Land Care Guides.  If you would like additional copies to distribute at your Farm Stand, Farmers Market, Library or any event, just contact the office at 203-888-5146 and we'll get as many copies as you need. 

If you send in a donation at this time, you'll become eligible for a chance at a ticket for this year's CT Farmland Trust's "The Eighth Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms" on September 7, 2008.

Would you interested in an organic gardening forum?  A place for beginners and experts alike to ask and answers questions, maybe share stories and pictures - what do you think?  Drop me an email and let me know.

Deb
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Upcoming CT NOFA Events
 

On-Farm Workshop - go to our website for details.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 - Aiki Farm Seminar and Feast, Ledyard, CT, 11-1. Two workshops and a gourmet lunch.

August 8-10, 2008 -  NOFA Summer Conference, UMass, Amherst. 


NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Courses - check here for more information.
August 14, 2008 - Hillsborough, NJ
August 19, 2008 - Dartmouth, MA
August 21, 2008 - Manchester, CT

September 14, 2008 -  Taste! Organic Connecticut - Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry
Volunteers needed!  If you're a working member or interested volunteer, we're looking for the following:
    -an educator for the recycling area
    -kids activities help
    -general volunteers for set-up, clean-up, etc.

November 1, 2008 - Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market
 
January 17, 2009 - Getting Started in Organic Farming, New Haven, CT

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2 and 3 (snow day), 2009 - NOFA Organic Land Care 5-day course, New Haven, CT

February 7, 2009 - Community Farming Conference, New Haven, CT

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Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)
 
*Statewide Farm Forum hosted by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro - Monday, July 7 from 5:00-7:30 pm at Wesleyan University, 47 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT.  Come learn about the recently passed 2008 Farm Bill and how it will affect you as Connecticut farmers. The RSVP deadline is July 2nd. If you are planning to attend, please contact Amanda Freund in Rosa's Office with your RSVP; by phone at 203-562-3718 or by e-mail: amanda.freund@mail.house.gov.

*July Workshops at Natureworks
- want to learn more about caring for your summer garden?  Free garden walks weekly.  To learn more, visit their site.

*NOFA NY Organic Field Days - a series of workshops throughout New York state.  Growing Bread Locally, to be held on July 26th in Millbrook, NY, is close to Connecticut.

Dinners at the Farm' benefits series -  Buy a ticket as a guest, or volunteer for this series of benefit dinners celebrating our local farms, food and community!
July 11,12,13 - Shoreline Soup Kitchen Garden, Old Saybrook
Aug 15, 16, 17 - White Gate Farm, East Lyme - Benefiting Working Lands Alliance
Sept 12, 13, 14 - Hindinger Farm, Hamden - Benefiting CitySeed
Click here for reservations and details. To volunteer for the June or August dinners, please call Katie Matus at CFT(860) 247-0202 or Jiff Martin at WLA 860-683-4230 if you would like to volunteer for this unique event!!

Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT
July 12, Aug. 2, OR Sept. 6:  Keeping A Family Cow 
July 19, 2008: Summer Weed Walk
August 9, 2008: Yes, We Can Can
Contact Debra@Motherhouse.us  or call 860-672-0229 or visit their website to pre-register and for information on these and other workshops.

*Talk at New Britain Public Library - Tues, July 29 at 7 PM, 20 High Street, New Britain, CT. Ken Zaborowski from Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain to talk about Organics-Then & Now.

*Organic Lawn & Turf Care Workshop for Professionals - Thursday, August 7, 2008 at the Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich CT from 8:15 to 11:30 am. $10.00 fee can be paid at door. RSVP to Christy Pennoyer at (203) 869-5272 x225 or cpennoyer@audubon.org.

*"Using Biological Control in Greenhouses: On Your Way to Growing Greener" Workshop - Thursday, Sept 18, 2008, to be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. For details and registration, go to this site.

 2nd Annual Northeast Animal Power Field Days -  Friday, September 26- Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT.  Check this site for details.

*2009 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show - February 25 & 26, 2009, Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge.  Check out their site for details.

*Northeastern IPM Center's Vegetable Working Group On-Farm Workshops -  for Vegetable Growers, NRCS Staff, and Others.  For locations and dates, click here.


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 Community Board (*indicates new notice this month)

*Looking for sources of local organic feed to list on CT NOFA website - call the office at 203-888-5146 or email us.

*Audubon property in Southbury available for farming
- looking for someone to farm it instead of its current use for hay use at the Bent of the River.  No buildings exist.  Justin Coppola is the land manager there and can be contacted at 203-906-2795 or emailed at jcoppola@audubon.org.  Click here to learn more about the Audubon Center at the Bent of the River.

*Help Wanted - Part time (20 hours), internships available at the Hay House in Old Saybrook, CT.  Cut flowers, vegetables, CSA, eco tours, chickens & bees.  Contact David Brown at 860-575-2387 or email: hayhouseonline@gmail.com.  Phone preferred.

*Greenhouse bench heater available - Delta Bench Heater - brand new, never used.
4 X 20 Delta T Bench Warmer Kit. Sold by: Rimol Greenhouse Systems, Inc.
Link to Rimol site to see product. Original Cost: $1480.00. Looking for best offer.
Contact Ann Taylor at New Pond Farm - 203-938-2117

*Land available for vegetable growing - an acre or two in Suffield, CT.  Contact Kevin Sullivan at 860-684-2787 for more information.

*For sale - 50 acre organic farm in northeast Vermont.  Includes small herd of Saanen dairy goats, small creamery/cheese making facility (licensed), 4 yo barn w loft, solid well insulated 30' yurt as main residence, guest cabin, and a 24' canvas yurt.   Entire farm off grid.  One-of-a-kind place.  802-274-1531 or skyislandf@yahoo.com.

*Vegetable & Strawberry IPM Educator Exchange Grants - Would you like to learn more about integrated pest management for vegetables or strawberries,but don't have funds for travel? Is there a field day meeting or field research project with a focus on IPM that you would like to attend? Do you have a commitment to sharing what you learn with growers?  Check this site for more information.

*Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) - Farmer Grant Program.  To learn more about the deadlines and for a useful guide to developing a Farmer Grant application, go to their site.

*Rain Barrel Sale - to help support the Knox Parks Foundation.  To learn more, go here.

*Part time help wanted at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain, CT - We are in need of a part time employee to work in production, field work, picking/packing orders for approx. 20 hrs a week needed as soon as possible.  Contact Rodger at  rodger@urbanoaks.org

*Accokeek Foundation CSA Summer Crew Help Wanted - Accokeek, Maryland. To learn more, go to their website.

*Employment Notice - Harrington SafeLawns & Landscapes is looking for an Ornamental Tree and Shrub Health Care Technician.   For further information on who we are and what we do, go to www.safelawns.net and www.safelawns.org. To schedule an interview contact Matt Pooler at 860-243-3200 or e-mail mpooler@safelawns.net


FARMERS' MARKET NOTICES:

Woodmont Farmers Market in Milford
- seeking to expand market by possibly picking up produce from local farmers to sell at market.  Contact Annalisa at woodmontfarmersmarket@gmail.com or 203-446-1707 (email preferred).


NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange - A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to www.nofa.org/exchange/index.php to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Other Items of Interest


"Eat the View" campaign.

Our very own Paul Bucciaglia of Fort HIll Farm in New Milford, CT, in a recent New York Times article.

Composting and Organics Recyling - brochure and video by the CT Department of Environmental Protection. Check this out.

NOFA Accredited Land Care Program in the news.

Artificial Turf concerns.

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If you have any stories, articles or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
Deb Legge
CT NOFA
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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