July 2014

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From the Director

Come Get Together With Our

Organic Community!


CT NOFA Friends,

Please come out to Winvian in the Litchfield Hills on Friday evening July 18 and/or Saturday, July 19 - we promise you won't be sorry! These are our largest gatherings of the year - other than Winter Conference of course - and provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet one another again, as well as a host of people you've not met before. 


You can come to just one of the events, or both. You can choose just adult programs at the Saturday event, or come with the family and pay only for family activities - a family 4 pack of tickets is just $35, and children under 5 are free. And then there's the scholarship opportunity for food systems career seekers.


Please check below and also ctnofa.org/winvian for all the details! Now for some teasers...


... at both events you will have the opportunity to hear, meet and talk with Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, long-time organic gardener and author, and Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA.
At the Saturday event you will meet 13 year old Chef Hunter Zampa, along with sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, dogs, alpacas and partake in all kinds of crafts and nature activities.

At the Friday night event you will also get to meet CT NOFA's Organic Leadership Recognition Award recipient Claire Criscuolo who, together with her late husband, founded Claires' Corner Copia in New Haven all the way back in 1975. You will experience Chef Chris Eddy's exquisite cuisine while sipping wine from Jones Winery; Brescome Barton Wholesale; Connecticut Distributors Inc. and Slocum & Sons, Importers & Purveyors. 

We're looking forward to seeing you in the Litchfield Hills on July 18 or 19, or both! Thank you for being part of our Organic Community,

Eileen Hochberg
Executive Director
From CT NOFA's Organic Advocate

bill duesingNotable People at Winvian in July

By Bill Duesing

At the upcoming Winvian event, you will have the unique opportunity to hear from and visit with many notables, including two notable women who are pioneers and leaders in the local, sustainable and organic food movement. I've had the great pleasure of knowing, working with and being inspired by them for decades.


For over 40 years, their work has exemplified the holistic nature of the changes that are needed in our food system if we want a healthy future for people and the environment. Both these women have inspired CT NOFA members. They also remind us that this isn't a new or short term problem.


In 1978, Joan Dye Gussow published her classic book, The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology. She was then and for several decades more the Mary Swartz Rose chair of the Teachers College nutrition program at Columbia University. Her approach to nutrition was radical at that time and to some extent still is considering the narrow vision of many in the nutrition profession.



CT NOFA Agriculture and Organic Land Care Events

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Community Farm of Simsbury
Simsbury, CT
1:00pm to 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Community Farm of Simsbury
Simsbury, CT
Time TBA

August 8 - 10, 2014
UMass, Amherst
*Scholarships available for beginning farmers* 
New Business Member Profiles


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Deb Legge
Gleanings Editor 



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