Gleanings eNewsletter
July 2010

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
Taste! Update
Community Board
New Business Members
Guest Columnist
Featured Regional Organization
Members in the News
Legislative & Support News
Other Items of Interest
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From the Executive Director

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This month there is news of our new logo, our Winter Food grant, news of upcoming workshops and links to pictures demonstrating the vibrancy of Connecticut's organic and community farms.



 CT NOFA logo smallWe first upgraded the CT NOFA logo about 10 years ago when Kathleen Rooney designed this one.  It was a big improvement at the time, but became out of touch with the CT NOFA formulation we are using for our brand.  Enter our program coordinator, Teresa Mucci and her friends, Pam Voth and Tim Barrall.  Now after a several month process and several focus groups, we have a new logo more in keeping with the times. It makes it clear who we are and what we are about as well as being suitable for use in many situations and media.  Thanks to Deb for her work in rolling it out.  It will take a while to fully replace our old one. 


I hope you like the new logo.

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NOFA/Mass Fall Bulk Order - The NOFA/Mass fall bulk order opens *July 15*. Save money on your fall mineral amendments and fertilizers, cover crop seeds, Vermont Compost in 50# bags & 2 yard slings, and BPA-free small and wide mouth canning lids while supporting NOFA. Bulk loads of High Calcium lime will also be available though local distributor Allyndale Lime Company. Download the order form here.

Todd Harrington of Harrington's Organic Land Care in Bloomfield has graciously agreed to host the pick-up during his busiest time of the year. Please consider volunteering your time to help him check in & breakdown the order as it comes in Tuesday, September 14th. Just check "I can help breakdown" on your order form to continue this great NOFA bulk order tradition. Contact Cathleen O'Keefe, bulkorder@nofamass.org, (413) 584-6786 with any questions. Happy Ordering.

CT NOFA City Farm & Garden Tour- August 7, 2010, New Haven, CT. Join us for a day exploring  New Haven's farms & gardens, with a particular emphasis on vegetable gardens, edibles in the landscape, city poultry, and other aspects of agriculture found in New Haven.

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NOFA Summer Conference
- August 13 to 15, 2010, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Check out the site for exhibit/advertising opportunities and complete workshop listings and other details.

On-Farm Workshop: Starting & Running a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Monday, August 23, 2010
5:00 to 8:00 pm at The Hickories in Ridgefield, CT

On-Farm Workshop: Incubator Farm Project
Monday, August 30, 2010
5:00 to 8:00 pm at The Community Farm of Simsbury, Simsbury, CT

Taste! Organic Connecticut
- September 19, 2010, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. 10th Anniversary - join us for the best celebration ever! Vendor spaces available; email us for details.

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program has several upcoming workshops, including the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course on August 5, 2010 and additional advanced workshops for Accredited Professionals and other landscape professionals. Click here for more information.
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Taste! Update

Hello All,


I wanted to give you an update on how plans for this year's 10th Annual TASTE! Organic CT are going. We are getting ban exciting lineup for September 19th at Manchester Community College. We have three local celebrity Chefs involved in designing the NOFA food booth menu. You'll be able to meet and even take a cooking workshop from Chef John Turenne, Chef Seen Lippert or Chef Bun Lai.


The dynamic young farmers organization, The Greenhorns will be on hand to talk to anyone interested in today's clean food mission.


Low key music by The Whiskey Boys, Trainwreck Jerry and Deborah Simmons will be heard throughout the day.


hula hoopCurrently our fabulous CT Farmers are signing up to sell you the abundance of their harvest at the Farmers and Vendors Market. There are still vendor spaces available, so contact us if you'd like to a part of this celebration.


Our expanded Children's Area will offer crafts, storytellers, games, pony rides and last year's favorite - hoop dancing. We are delighted to welcome back the whimsical Environmental Theater of ART FARM. You will be able to visit farm animals, go for a Bio-diesel tractor ride, and see a state of the art "chicken tractor". There will be many free workshops and weed walks.


We know the economy has hit many amongst us hard and we want you all to join our festival so we've lowered the admission price to $7 ($5 for NOFA members & MCC students and faculty). Children under 12 are FREE.


Hope to see you there.

Regards, Teresa Mucci, Event Coordinator

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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.

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New Business Members

Common Good Market - Guilford, CT

Natural Family Health - North Haven, CT
Leigh White, ND
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Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health care.  It is the art, science, philosophy and practice of not only diagnosing, treating and preventing disease, but also enhancing health by stimulating the body to do what it is designed to do to keep itself in balance. As a naturopathic doctor, Leigh H. White, ND specializes in natural family health care, assisting and supporting families with everyday health issues, pregnancy, childbirth preparation and natural baby care. Whether dealing with a common cold, allergies, insomnia, digestive complaints or hormonal imbalances, Natural Family Health, LLC will provide you with support toward healing and a more natural lifestyle.  Natural Family Health, LLC is dedicated to contributing to a change in the current health care model by treating the root cause of disease, while fostering harmony, health and healing of our families, our community and our planet. Natural Family Health, LLC is proactive in educating individuals and families in being healthy and living naturally. To participate in an upcoming seminar or childbirth education classes, check our website calendar for the latest dates.

Help support our business members!

If you'd like add logos, pictures or additional text to your listings, send them along to the office.
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Guest Columnist ~ Bettylou Sandy

July is Here!


zinniasIt is hard to believe it is summer!  Time flies and the warm, humid days are here to relax in the natural world around us.  The flowers are beautiful; the vegetables are starting to come in rapidly and the weeds are starting to thrive.  July is a time when people are starting to kick back and relax, take some vacation time and forget about the pressures of life for a while.


July is also a time when people tend to relax too much in tending the garden because of the heat and the sun.  I find if I go out into the garden in the early morning and the evening I am able to keep up with the weeds and watering, as well as keep up with harvesting the vegetables before they get too big to enjoy.  Working in the garden at these times is also a relaxing way to unwind at the end of the day, or start the day with a sense of peace and rest.

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Featured Regional Organization

We'd like to again thank Pam & Tim for their work on our new logo. Here's a little more about them: VOTH BARRALL DESIGNvothbarrall.com 

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Voth Barrall Design partnered in 2003 to form a creative solutions design shop. Pam Voth, a partner in Voth Barrall Design, has worked in advertising as an art director in NY agencies such as Jordan McGrath Case & Taylor, and later, Peter Rogers & Associates- one of the most sought after fashion/beauty agencies. Freelance with various NY agencies eventually led to forming their own company, Voth Barrall Design with partner Tim Barrall in 2003 where they now work more in the Home Fashion world.She has worked with incredible talents such as Scavullo, Horst, Albert Watson, Bill King, George Holz, Walter Chin, Lisa Charles Watson, and Ilan Rubin.

tim photoTim Barrall combines both his skills as an illustrator and designer in advertising and publishing. Having worked at Jordan McGrath Case & Taylor as art director in TV & Print, he has worked with clients such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Aetna Insurance, and Bausch & Lomb. Later he freelanced with various agencies in New York and New Jersey as well as illustrating book covers for publishing houses such as Dell, Berkley, St. Martin's Press, and Scholastic. In addition, he has done some poster work for a Broadway show and for Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and he was also invited as artist to illustrate some endangered species stamps for the United Nations Postal Administration.

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Members in the news

Gary Cirullo of the Garlic Farm in West Granby, CT was featured in ProduceJournal.com

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Board Member Bernard Brennan was honored with a 2010 CT Climate Change Leadership Award.

Analiese Paik has been busy giving interviews recently. Several more of our members were mentioned in this Fairfield County Life article about farmers markets in Fairfield, Westport and Weston and also in this CT Post story about locavores.

The Fairfield Green Food Guide will be featuring Who's Who in Sustainable Food and plans to soon feature CT NOFA board member John Turenne.

New Haven's Community Gardens in the news

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Legislative & Support News

Notice of lawn-care pesticide meeting - There will be a meeting on Tuesday, July 13th at 10 AM. for all those interested in the protection from lawn care pesticides in Connecticut.

The meeting will be about protecting the pesticide ban, promoting pesticide-free turf care, and a legislative initiative for enabling for towns to make stricter pesticide regulations than the state currently allows. Other topics regarding pesticides may also be discussed.

This will be held in The Jones Auditorium at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT. Click here for directions. Call the CT NOFA office at 203-888-5146 if you need more information.

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Other Items of Interest

Beyond Pesticides has launched its Organic Food: Eating with a Conscience guide. To quote Kim Stoner: "A point we don't make often enough.  Organic food isn't just about the health of the eaters, it's also about the health of the people who work in the fields and the land where the food is grown."

Cornell's Beginning Farmer Education Enhancement team seeks input from beginning farmers. To learn more and take the survey, click here.

The next round of SARE Research and Education grants opened July 1st and closes July 23, 2010. Details>

Comstock Ferre has reopened in Wethersfield and plans to feature New England seed varieties. More>

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Thanks to our Sponsors:

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Let us know what you think of the expanded format. We'd like to add additional member profiles and other news of interest. If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this newsletter, please send them along.

Many thanks,

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