CT NOFA eNewsletter
June 5, 2007
v.3 no.5
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In this Issue:

Note: This newsletter may be a duplicate of last week's - I managed to swamp our email server, so this did not go out to everyone - please bear with me as I learn more about this! Any suggestions for this eNewsletter would be much appreciated.
Deb, the CT NOFA Office Manager

Reminder!
The new Organic Land Care and Food & Farm Guides are here! If you would like copies to distribute, or know a market, event or interested parties that should have some, please contact Deb Legge at the CT NOFA office.

Upcoming CT NOFA Events
June 16, 2007 - Community Gardening Conference
June 24, 2007 - Connecticut Organic Farm Tour
August 10 to 12- NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA
August 16, 2007- NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course
September 9, 2007 - Taste! Organic Connecticut, Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry, CT

Community Board
Tools needed after fire
Plants for Compost Exchange
Eggstock at Flamig Farm
An invitation to join the CT Community Gardening Association
Town Farm Dairy Grand Re-Opening Event
Member Job Postings
NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange
Volunteer for CT NOFA
Work for CT NOFA

Connecticut News and Stories
New Farmers' Market at Billings Forge in Hartford
Senate approves pesticide ban at K-8 schools in New Milford
CSA Article

National and International News and Stories
University of Buffalo's lawn/turf pesticide use
Searchable Database for Biopesticide and Organic Pest Management Solutions

Other Items of Interest
The Farmers' Market Book release



Upcoming CT NOFA Events

June 16, 2007
Community Gardening Conference - New Haven, CT. An annual sharing of garden ideas and insights on how community gardening contributes to the health of people and neighborhoods.
http://ctcommunitygardening.org/events/

June 24, 2007
Connecticut Organic Farm Tour - Housatonic River Valley, CT. Visit 3 spectacular organic farms that are examples of the best of organic and sustainable agriculture in Connecticut. Come and join us - there are still some openings!
http://ctnofa.org/events/farm tour.htm

August 10 to 12, 2007
NOFA Summer Conference - Amherst, MA. With keynote speakers Bill McKibben and Hazel Henderson and three days of workshops, farmers markets, and the most interesting people you'll find anywhere.
http://www.nofa.org/conference/index.php

August 16, 2007
NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course - Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. Details to follow.
www.organiclandcare.net

September 9, 2007
Taste! Organic Connecticut - Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry, CT. Details upcoming.
www.ctnofa.org

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Community Board

Tools needed! A devastating fire at David Brown's Hay House has left him in need of flower baskets, hoses, a chiper, chainsaw, tiller and water pump. If you call help in any way, please call David at 860-388-9587 or 860-575-2387.

Plants for Compost Exchange

Date Saturday, June 9, 2007
Time 8:00 to 12:00
Enjoy the day with other fellow gardeners. Rain or shine. Wear your muck boots!!!!

Bring a plant that has been divided from your garden and exchange it for a five gallon pail of our name brand compost-Compsoil   (Bring your own pail.)

8:00 Welcome greeting / plant exchange.
9:00   Rock stacking.    why?   Why not ?   what is it?
10:00  Site tour of an organic compost site using permaculture methods built and designed by Russell H. Wheeler, Jr.
11:30 Question and answers on composting.
12:00  Don t forget your pail.  Thank you.
Things to bring : 5 gallon pail  / plants for exchange for compost , bug spray, chair, muck boots.
 
For directions and rsvp call 860 283-4776
Sponsors:  Wheeler's landscape   Compsoil farms   Brown's farm

Eggstock at Flamig Farm
Saturday June 9, 2007
Outdoor Music & Environmental Exhibits Festival
12-5 PM
West Simsbury, CT
Featuring
Donna The Buffalo
& local bands, The Mayocks,  The John Larsen Band with Carolyn Rae
For more information click here.     Phone: 860-658-5070

An invitation to join the CT Community Gardening Association

This is an invitation to join the CT Community Gardening Association.  If you would like to be on our very, very occasional email list or you have an organization which you would like to link up, please let me know.
Please check out our website at: http://www.ctcommunitygardening.org/
We also invite your pictures and community garden information.

Town Farm Dairy Grand Re-Opening Event

Saturday, June 9, 2007 6am-2pm
Open Farm Day / Grand Re-Opening
As you may already know from recent press coverage, 2007 has been a very busy and productive year for the Friends of Town Farm Dairy, and we are now planning Open Farm Day and the Grand Opening of Town Farm Dairy on June 9th.
 
The support of friends and members like you has enabled us to purchase certified organic cows, to update processing and bottling operations, and to hire full-time workers to manage the dairy.  With your help, we are poised
to resume dairy operations!
 
Event Details:
Saturday, June 9th
6am - 10 am ­ free continental breakfast with Brad Davis, broadcasting live on the farm
9am - 1 pm - games, food, tours of the creamery, produce from local farms
Special 9:30 am event ­ ribbon cutting ceremony marking the start of operations
(We may even have a visit from the governor!)
 
Thanks for your support!
Friends of Town Farm Dairy

Free refreshments, Milk for Sale
Local Farmer's Market

Visit their website for directions  http://www.townfarmdairy.org/
http://www.townfarmdairy.org/events.html


Member Job Postings:

Farm Manager:
small farm in process of organic certification in Bantam, CT seeks farm manager for organic produce production. Call Bob Lavoie for more information at 860-309-2675 or 860-567-4817.

LANDSCAPERS -
Are you or a friend tired of working with chemicals at a job where you are not appreciated? We have openings for Planting/Construction Foreperson & Gardening Foreperson, min 3 yrs exp. Organic landscaping company in Fairfield offering F/T, year-round positions w/ tons of benefits, respect, a healthy work environment, good pay & interesting work. Start immediately. Resumes to dina@healthwithnature.com or fax 203-382-0777.


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

Volunteer for CT NOFA

  • CT NOFA Event Help:
    Next CT NOFA event is the Farm Tour on June 24th. Working members pay only $20 a year if they commit to volunteering at CT NOFA events for 5 hours. Find out more here. Contact Deb Legge for more information at deb@ctnofa.org
  • News Watch: Reads the newspapers, watches TV and listens to the radio for mention of CT NOFA or its members. Clips articles and records shows and archives them. Formatting to digital files would be ideal for website and permanent saving. This can be done by the same or different volunteer. Contact Deb Legge for more information at deb@ctnofa.org
  • Volunteer outreach coordinator Research events that we can display at, Contact them for permission to display, Develop outreach materials Go to events or help schedule other volunteers to go to event. Contact Deb Legge for more information at deb@ctnofa.org
  • Reporter Goes to CT NOFA events with camera and takes pictures, Gets people’s names that are in pictures and permission to use pictures, Writes stories for Gleanings/ press releases/ website. Contact Deb Legge for more information at deb@ctnofa.org
  • Distribution Coordinator: Annual guide distribution - April through July - coordinates other volunteers statewide. Periodic checking in of distribution points to see if they need more materials. Contact Deb Legge for more information at deb@ctnofa.org
  • Join a committee:
    Taste! Organic Connecticut - contact Jim Roby at jroby7088@sbcglobal.net
    Fundraising - contact Janet Heller at janet.heller@snet.net
    Organic Land Care - contact Kim Stoner at kimberly.stoner@po.state.ct.us

Work for CT NOFA
No current job opportunities

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Connecticut News and Stories

New Farmers' Market at Billings Forge in Hartford -
It is a Thursday lunch time market, from 11 to 3 July
through October located at 559 Broad St near the intersection with Capitol Ave.  Opening day will be July 5th.
For more information, contact:
Hannah Gant
Market Master
Farmers' Market at Billings Forge
559 Broad St
Hartford, CT 06106
860.727.8727 x304
860.727.8779 (fax)

Senate approves pesticide ban at K-8 schools in New Milford
: with quotes from Jerry Silbert,
Mariam Yeautiel, Paul Tukey, Paul Saltanis and Bill Duesing. Read article here.

CSA Article: An story about Connecticut CSA's appeared in the Edible Nutmeg. To view the article, click here.

National and International News and Stories

University of Buffalo's lawn/turf pesticide use: an interesting site concerining their negative  effects and the proposed alternatives. Read more here.

Searchable Database for Biopesticide and Organic Pest Management Solutions: The Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4), launches a database the search to search for organically approved pest management
products. For more information, check out their site.

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Other Items of Interest

Just  Released:
Indiana University Press is pleased to announce the recent publication of:
 
Paperback original
The Farmers' Market Book
Growing Food, Cultivating Community
Jennifer Meta Robinson and J. A. Hartenfeld
 
http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=41696
 

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