CT NOFA eNewsletter
July 2009
CT NOFA is the Connecticut Chapter of the
Northeast Organic Farming Association

CT NOFA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. Our efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food. CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.

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 Notes & Reminders

Volunteer opportunity: we're looking for a few new volunteers to help plan and produce the 2010 Cultivating an Organic Connecticut conference. Call the office or email Deb if you're interested.

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program has posted details for a part-time Project Coordinator position.  Check here for further information.

We are looking for someone for a temporary, 10 hour/per week contract position to assist with this year's Taste! celebration. Call the office at 203-888-5146 for details.

CT NOFA will also have two other part-time positions available shortly: bookkeeper and Program Coordinator. Details will be posted at the website when finalized.
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
2009 Gardener Education Workshops
The next in the series begins July 7th - Pruning Vegetables and Flowers. Come and learn something new this season! Openings in all workshops and online registration still available.

NOFA Advanced Workshop Series
Pruning Woody Trees and Shrubs, July 8th,  9am - 3pm, Connecticut  Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT. Check site for other upcoming workshops in this series and registration information.

Click banner to go to Website for the NOFA Summer Conference!

Register by July 5th for early bird discounts!

On Farm Workshop: Gilbertie's Herbs
Tuesday, July 21 from 5 to 8 pm., Easton, CT. Registration is now available.

NOFA 5th Annual Lawn & Turf Courses
Massachusetts: NOFA Summer Conference, UMass Amherst, MA, August 7th
New Jersey: Hillsbourogh, NJ, August 18th
Connecticut: Manchester, CT, August 20th

On Farm Workshop: Organic Pasture Management and Multispecies Grazing
Monday, August 31, 2009.  4 to 7 pm, Wilton, CT.  Details upcoming at

Taste! Organic Connecticut

September 20, 2009 ~ Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

Community Farming Conference
October 31, 2009 ~ New Haven, CT
Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)
*Museum program: Foods from the Landscape - Sunday, June 28, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Burlington, CT. More>

FRESH- New London July events
- Strategies for Small Gardens-July 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00; Methods for Extending Your Gardening Season-July 14th, 6:00 - 7:00; Learn Tips and Tricks from the FRESH Community Gardeners-July 25th, 4:30 -6:00 + more!  Details>

*Tour and Sharing Picnic at FRESH New London, one of the most impressive educational community garden and farm organizations in Connecticut.  Sunday, July 19th, 1:00 pm -
4:00 pm.  $20, children under 12 free.  Rain or shine.  All proceeds support FRESH New

*Sakonnet View Farm Intimate Garden Tour
- Wednesday, July 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Portsmouth, RI. NOFA Organic Land Care Professional owner. More>

Massachusetts Nutrient Density Field Trainings
- July and September 2009. For details, dates and locations, click here.

NOFA/Mass 2009 Grazing Workshop Series - beginning June 27th with Small-Scale Dairies and On-Farm Processing. Details>  More grazing workshops also at the NOFA Summer Conference.

New England Wild Flower Society - July classes & workshops. More>

CT Landmarks 2009 Events - In conjunction with CT NOFA at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry:
History of Gardening in CT,  July 5, 2009 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM.
Pruning Vegetables and Flowers for Better Yield and Fall Crops, August 9, 2009, 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM. Both classes taught by NOFA instructor Bettylou Sandy.  Click here for this and other events.

*Raising Meat Goats and the FAMACHA System - Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Erica Fearn Meat Goats, 685 North Stone St., West Suffield, CT, 413-335-5288. Cost: $17.00, register by July 15. Contact: Winton Pitcoff,, 413-634-5728

Tomato To-mah-to Heirloom Tasting Feast - Sunday, August 23rd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Upper Forty Farm, Cromwell. Delicious details to follow (in July or so)

*"Biological Control in Ornamental Greenhouses - Putting it All Together" - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Tolland County Extension Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, University of Massachusetts Extension and Northeast SARE. Registration fee $35.00 per person. For more information contact Leanne Pundt, at 860-626-6240 or email:

Community Board

Position Available - Farm Manager: The Mountain School, Vershire, VT. Hiring now for job beginning January, 2010. Oversee a 3-acre organic garden, 90 acres of pasture for beef cows, sheep, hogs, turkeys, and chickens. Full time position. Minimum 5 years experience managing a diversified farm. Salary comes with benefits and housing. Please send résumé and cover letter by July 27th to or to Susie Rinehart 151 Mountain School Rd. Vershire, VT 05079. (802) 685-4520 x112. For more information, go

Vendors Wanted  - Bethany Farmers' Market.  To be held at the Airport, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, July 4, 18, August 1, 15, September 5, 19, October 3, 17. Contact Isabel (Issy) Kearns at Bethany Town Hall,, or call 393-2100 X135

Common Ground Seeks Executive Director
- Common Ground Center for Environmental Leadership and Learning in New Haven, CT invites applications for Executive Director. Details>

Sunflower Festival Vendors Sought  - Annual Sunflower Festival will be held at the Trumbull Nature Center, 7115 Main Street on August 22nd (rain date 8/23). Seeking food or food-related vendors to participate.  Must furnish own set-up, table, etc. Fee for 10x10 ft. space is $25.  For further information, call Helen Sweet at 203-261-2430.

Farmers' Market Vendors - Farmers sought for New Farmers Market in Fairfield. Superb  location, right in the center of town. At the Promenade @ Brick  Walk, 1189 Post Rd (behind TREK bike store). Every Saturday 9.00 to  12.00. Please email Janak Desai -; Barbara Kleban  - for more details

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

 Members in the News
Bill Duesing interviewed about CSAs in the CT Green Scene.
Legislative & Food Safety News
Congress is working on food safety legislation that could have effects on farmers and
consumers.  Keep up with the latest in the policy arena by visiting and
clicking on the food safety links at the top left.
Other Items of Interest

Film showing - Food, Inc., starting July 3 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. More>

New Haven Veggie Coop - a great idea!

"What's On My Food" searchable database

Consumer Guide Guide to Whole Animal Buying Available. To download a free pdf or order a print copy, visit here.

Farm Aid Grants - Grants Encourage the Family Farming System. Deadline: August 1, 2009. Details>

The USDA's Economic Research Service has issued a report called "Emerging issues in the
organic industry." More>

Check out a new food blog: CT Food

Seed industry consolidation chart
If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
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