July 2015

Technical Assistance for  Farmers
Coming Together
Connecticut's Beginning & Experienced Organic Farmers,
contracts experienced organic farmers from around the state to provide short-term technical assistance to Connecticut's beginning farmers.

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From the CT NOFA Board President  


John Turenne 

Fellow CT NOFA family and friends, I enthusiastically share great news and announce CT NOFA's new Executive Director - Jeff Cordulack.


An organically-oriented and naturally sociable person, Jeff comes to us with two decades of nature conservation experience. Most recently, as the Education, Events and Communications Manager for the National Audubon Society in Greenwich, CT.  


Jeff Cordulack 

Self-described as one of CT NOFA's biggest fans, his advocacy for sustainable practices and good food is evident. He is a founding member and Chair of the Metro North Chapter of Slow Food USA and collaborates regularly with an array of constituents, including many of our own Organic Land Care Professionals.


Please join CT NOFA's Board of Directors and staff in welcoming Jeff. For more information, please read the full Press Release here.  



John Turenne - CT NOFA Board President



From the Interim Executive Director  


Greetings all,


I'd also like to welcome Jeff Cordulack as CT NOFA's new Executive Director! Jeff will be starting in mid-July and will certainly be meeting many of you and sharing his ideas for CT NOFA's future programming and mission.


Rosemary Morretta has stepped down from our board and I would like to thank her for all her contributions, both as a board Director and most recently as the board Secretary. John Carlson has agreed to be the new board Secretary.


Another of our board members is from Nepal. Though it is not so much in the news, relief efforts will be ongoing for quite some time, so please consider supporting one of these recommended efforts:

Our Step Up to the Plate event is now an online auction and will be live from July 8 to 19. Meanwhile, you can get a peek at the great items and packages available here before the bidding begins.


Best to all,

Deb Legge - Interim Executive Director  

 Two Visions Revisited

by Bill Duesing


There has been remarkable positive movement toward growing food for people near where they live, which is often called agroecology. Methods used in this local, healthy and sustainable food system model maximize use of local resources, including sun and waste products and minimize use of fossil fuels, agro-toxins and abuse of people.

Almost two decades ago, I was inspired by a speech delivered by visionary organic farmer, Fred Kirschenmann, to write "Two Visions" for my October 3, 1997 Living on the Earth broadcast.

Continue reading HERE
 NOFA Summer Conference
August 14 - 15, 2015
UMass Amherst


The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology". The main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. Details here.  

There will be a free pre-conference meeting on Friday, August 14, 2015 at  9:00am. The Northeast Gathering On Domestic Fair Trade will cover the history of fair trade, its current state, and ideas for the future.  Find out more here

  Organic Land Care Program Taking Action to Protect LI Sound   




  Check out the latest project


and read about our Three Rivers Community College project in The Day



Announcing the 2015/2016 Accreditation Course dates! 

Upcoming Events
For a full listing of events see our events calendar.



The Secret Lives of Honeybees: Exploring an Active Bee Colony 

July 11, 2015, 10am - 12pm 

Join CT NOFA and renowned beekeeper Al Avitabile as we open up the active honeybee hives located in the organic garden at the beautiful Winvian Farm. Participants will have a chance to witness up-close the inner-workings of these active colonies while learning about their various components. Registration and details here.




Butchering Workshop at Sub Edge Farm

July 12, 2015, 3:00pm 

Join Sub Edge Farm for a snout-to-tail pig butchery demonstration, relevant to beginning and experienced participants, especially farmers, restaurateurs and aspiring butchers interested in learning how to break down a pig into cuts that maximize flavor and value. There will be an emphasis on using the offal and all the parts of the animal. Details and registration here.



CCOF Organic Labeling Webinar

July 16, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00pm 
Join the California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation for a webinar on developing product labels for processors that comply with organic standards. Details here.




Rodale Institute Annual Field Day

July 17, 2015, 8:30am - 3:30pm  

This one-day event will feature dozens of research and demonstration projects on Rodale Institute's 333-acre farm. Details and registration here.


NOFA Organic Land Care
online Organic Lawn Care Certificate course. 
Click HERE for more information.

*Save the Date*
5% of that day's net sales will be donated to CT NOFA! 
More details to come!



Homesteading Workshop

September 19, 2015, 10am - 12pm 

Join us for a homesteading tour at Whitney Freeman's Henny Penny Farm in Ridgefield, CT. This workshop/tour will cover a range of topics, from using animals to manage your land to willow weaving, botanical printing, cut flower growing and botanical dyes for fiber. There will be lots of time for questions and walking the property. Details and registration here.

Business Member Profiles 
Perfect Earth Project  
East Hampton, NY 

The Perfect Earth Project promotes toxin-free lawn and landscape maintenance to benefit human health and the environment. Perfect Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, is based in East Hampton, NY, with international offices in Panama City and Pedasi, Panama.


Toxin-free landscapes are those managed without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We educate property owners and managers on how to create safe, healthy, and beautiful landscapes through our outreach campaigns, landscaper training seminars, print, video and digital media, and through partnerships with cooperative extension, environmental organizations, and land trust groups. Find out more by visiting, or email


Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery

Guilford, CT 

Since 1871, six generations of Bishops have been serving the shoreline. Our market has grown from a roadside stand of the 1910's to a simple, yet bustling market, a fully operating bakery, specialty foods and grocery, and most recently our own Winery, which offers the best selection of Connecticut Farm Wines in the state. We also have CSA and PYO programs which bring you back to the farm and show you what local really means.


Agricultural stewardship is extremely important to us. Throughout our evolution our goal has been to provide our customers with the freshest, best quality farm products possible, grown with integrity and concern for our environment.


Our "big red apple" is a landmark known to many from near and far. Come see our llamas, alpacas and goats too!



Kent, CT

As our Garden Center and Nursery incorporate over three acres of nursery stock, Kent Greenhouse & Gardens maintains itself as one of Northwest Connecticut's primary gardening resources for over 40 years. Whether you're browsing our herbaceous, annual, perennial or vegetable departments, Kent prides itself by offering a diverse assortment of quality plants at affordable pricing for you to enhance your own garden designs.


With a large encompassing nursery, we supply an immense inventory of plants, shrubs and trees, from which our knowledgeable staff can assist you in choosing materials and plant specimens most suited for your gardening and landscaping endeavors.


Kent Greenhouse & Gardens' experienced team of landscape architects, landscape contractors and landscape designers develop and install innovative landscape designs that are backed by sound construction principles.Our guiding design aesthetic could be described as "Country Formal", although our capacities range from historical to more contemporary landscape settings. Our landscape professionals integrate client ideas and design direction while working within the realities of each site.



Haven't seen your business featured here yet? Fill out this form to give us more information on your CT NOFA member business!  

CT NOFA Members in the Spotlight   

The CT Post has this story on Coogan Farm, and their partnership with a New London food bank.   


Upper Pond Farm in Old Lyme was included in this article in Lancaster Farming  


AOLCP Bernadette Giblin is featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. 


In the News


Ann Adams, long-time director of CT NOFA's Beginning Women Farmers program, has been named Executive Director of Holistic Management Interational.  Read more here


The USDA has developed a "Cover Crop Chart" that helps growers choose the best cover crop to meet their management and production needs. Download here.   


Oregon State University offers an online course, Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management, to help farmers develop and manage a successful farm business.  Details and registration here.  


Cornell University investigated whether their apple crop could be pollinated by wild bees.  Read the results.    


The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) launched their online portal for conservation activities, the Conservation Client Gateway, enabling farmers to seek financial and technical assistance online.   


Washington State University scientists have published a study showing that organic agriculture is more profitable to farmers than conventional farming.  Details here.  


The University of Minnesota Extension ran a survey of farmers regarding the issue of imperfect produce.  The results are compiled here.  


School Garden Network News 

Growing and Learning


4 Ways to Keep Your School Garden Growing All Summer
One of the biggest issues of maintaining a school garden is that it often goes untended during the summer, wasting the great efforts of spring and becoming a mess for fall growing. Here are four ways to keep your school garden growing.

Farm to School, School Gardens, Among Topics at House Hearing 

On June 16th, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing in preparation for the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was the sole witness for this hearing entitled "Child Nutrition Assistance: Are Federal Rules and Regulations Serving the Best Interests of Schools and Families?" Among many other important topics, farm to school, including school gardens, was mentioned several times during the hearing. NSAC's blog reports on the hearing.    

We'd love to share your school garden with our readers!  Feel free to send in any articles, news, photos or any questions you may have.



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Deb Legge
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