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June 2008
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Notes and reminders from the editor -

Office volunteers wanted - if you have a few spare hours and would like to help us catch up with some projects at the office in Oxford, please give us a call at 203-888-5146.  Thanks!

The Natural Farmer - the latest edition in now out and will be sent to members soon.  This edition has a special section on "Online Marketing of Organic Products" and if you would like a copy, please send $5.00 to CT NOFA, PO Box 164, Stevenson, CT 06491 and we will mail one.


Upcoming CT NOFA Events

June 22, 2008 -  CT NOFA Organic Farms tour. The 3 farms this year will be in Fairfield county and details are posted on the website.

On-Farm Workshops - go to our website for details.
Mill River Valley Gardens CSA - Monday, June 9, North Haven, CT, 6 to 8 pm.

Fort Hill Farm - Monday, June 30,  New Milford, CT, 6 to 8 pm, Organic Vegetable Farm Integrated Pest Management workshop on Fort Hill Farm.

On Farm Workshop and Feast for Everyone - Sunday, July 13, Ledyard, CT, Aiki Farm, 11-1 followed by a gourmet lunch.

August 8-10, 2008 -  NOFA Summer Conference, UMass, Amherst. 
The NOFA Summer Conference Committee is pleased to announce announce our Keynote Speaker for Friday evening, Dr. Arden Andersen. Holistic medical practitioner, expert in human and agricultural nutrition, author, and educator, Dr. Andersen will share with us his extensive knowledge on the link between healthy agricultural practices and healthy people.

August 19, 2008 -  NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, UMass, Dartmouth, MA

August 21, 2008 -  NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, Manchester, CT

September 14, 2008 -  Taste! Organic Connecticut, Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry

November 1, 2008 - Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market

January 17, 2009 - Getting Started in Organic Farming, New Haven, CT

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2 and 3 (snow day), 2009 - NOFA Organic Land Care 5-day course, New Haven, CT

February 7, 2009 - Community Farming Conference, New Haven, CT

Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)
*Carbon Cutting Challenge at Glastonbury, CT Audubon Society - Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 7:30 PM.  Join a group discussion of how we can live healthier and less stressful lives by simple actions that reduce our environmental footprint. Share your successes and challenges. Learn about organic lawn care and listen to invited speaker, Joan Kemble of Udderly Woolly Acres and the Northeast Organic Farming Association, highlight the benefits of eating local produce. Snacks provided.  For directions, go to their site.

*Dinners at the Farm' benefits series -  Buy a ticket as a guest, or volunteer for this series of benefit dinners celebrating our local farms, food and community!
June 6,7,8 - Chamard Vineyard, Clinton - benefiting Connecticut Farmland Trust
July 11,12,13 - Shoreline Soup Kitchen Garden, Old Saybrook
Aug 15, 16, 17 - White Gate Farm, East Lyme - Benefiting Working Lands Alliance
Sept 12, 13, 14 - Hindinger Farm, Hamden - Benefiting CitySeed
Click here for reservations and details. To volunteer for the June or August dinners, please call Katie Matus at CFT(860) 247-0202 or Jiff Martin at WLA 860-683-4230 if you would like to volunteer for this unique event!!

Herbfest - June 7, 2008 hosted at Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry by the Connecticut Herb Association.

Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CTOld Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT
June 7. July 12, Aug. 2, OR Sept. 6:  Keeping A Family Cow    
June 14: Eggs-Perience Chickens: From hatching eggs to harvesting as meat, learn what's involved in raising chickens.  Contact  or call 860-672-0229 or visit their website to pre-register and for more info.

*Connecticut Cooperative Enterprise Conference - June 13, 2008, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT. The cooperative business model builds sustainable communities, fosters community spirit and strengthens local economies. If you are involved in business, community or economic development, OR if you an entrepreneur, student, or cooperative member or employee, this conference is for you!  For more information, go to this website.

*Buy CT Grown Media Launch Event - Thursday, June 19 from 11 AM - 1 PM at the Farmers' Market at Billings Forge, 539 Broad Street, Hartford.  Come to the public debut of Buy CT Grown, the statewide "buy local" marketing campaign that connects consumers with locally grown food and farm products. Attendees will hear from special guests, producers and restaurateurs about enjoying Connecticut grown, have the opportunity to test drive the comprehensive, consumer oriented website, as well as enjoy fresh, seasonal farm products from the vendors at the Farmers' Market at Billings Forge. Contact CitySeed at (203) 773-3736 or for more information about the Buy CT Grown program and the Media Launch Event.

*Sustainable Energy Summit - June 20 & 21, 2008, UMass, Amherst, MA.  Go to this site for workshop and registration information.

25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend - Saturday June 21st-Sunday June 22nd, Northford, CT. Garden walks, workshops and more. Go to their site for more details.  

*Benefit Dinner for CT NOFA - June 25, 2008. Palomino Restaurant in Old Greenwich, CT is sponsoring a "Go Green" Wine Dinner, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to CT NOFA.  Call (203) 698-9033 for reservations and visit their website for details.

 *2nd Annual Northeast Animal Power Field Days -  Friday, September 26- Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT.  Check this site for details.

 Community Board (*indicates new notice this month)

*Pullets Wanted - I'm looking for brown egg  laying pullets that are not de-beaked.
Call Peter at 203-494-8408. 

*Local Woodland Raised Heritage breed Pork - Please call (434-6872) or email if you have specific questions or if you want to see the pigs. 

Free to a good organic home -  soaker hose [hundreds of feet --cut to length you need]; flourescent shoplight fixtures [4' length --some with working bulbs]. Also, free pasturing in exchange for some help with fence/shelter maintenance.  3 acres in Bethany. Contact Dave Forman, Mad Mares Farm 203-393-9553 or

Topics for the next 4 issues of the The Natural Farmer - here are the topics for upcoming issues.  If you are interested in contributing an article or your expertise, or need more information,  send an email to:
-The Fall 08 Issue will focus on Winter Production and Sales
-The Winter 08-09 Issue will focus on Mulches in Organic Growing
-The Spring 09 Issue will focus on Soil Building
-The Summer 09 Issue will focus on Microbes, Food and Public Health

*Buy CT Grown! -
Buy CT Grown connects consumers with Connecticut grown products quickly and easily -- whether on a menu, at a farm, farmers' market or local nursery. As an information hub, the website uses cutting edge web design
and technology to provide a user-friendly, up-to-date directory of farms,
farmers' markets, and other venues for locally grown agricultural products.  To learn more about member benefits and eligibility, or how to add or update a business listing, go to this site.

*Farm for sale -Beautiful farm in rural, western Snyder County, PA: includes 25 tillable acres (15 additional acres available for rent), 6 acres pasture, 39 acres, woodlands, barn, workshop, chicken coop, and large implement building.  Neighboring farm is a PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable  Agriculture) member. Call Kristen Markley for more details: 570-658-8512, email:,  410-533-6687 (cell)

*Herdsman/Assistant Farm Manager and Intern - Town Farm Dairy, Simsbury, CT
Seeking Herdsman/Assistant Farm Manager for small, organic dairy farm with on site processing and retail store in Simsbury, CT. Position includes herd care, field work and vegetable garden, milking and processing milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.  Opportunity to become Manager. On site housing. We also have a position open for an intern. Call Bruce Sullivan at 860-653-3887 or email resume to Also visit to learn more about this and their other programs.

Seeking internship/apprenticeship - Hardworking, aspiring organic farmer is looking for an internship/apprenticeship preferably within or near Fairfield County, Connecticut.  Please contact:  Johanna Yokokawa at email (


*Farmers needed for downtown Hartford market -  a project in Hartford to bring
fresh fruit/veggies to the city directly through local farmer markets.  Please contact Michelle directly by email at: or call at (860) 486-8904.

*Goshen Summer Market:  Grand Opening - Saturdays starting June 14 through October, 63 N Goshen Center School parking lot.  Featuring local produce, baked goods, honey, milk, plants, crafts, flea market.  Always looking for new vendors.  For more info call 860-491-3866.

*Fiddleheads Natural Foods Spring Farmers Market - The Wednesday Market in New London, CT is open each week from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will start to feature crafts.  With full member support we can continue beingopen Wednesday and help Fiddleheads grow.  Check their site 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.
Other Items of Interest

Organic Lawn Care Article - check out our very own Bill Duesing in this trade magazine article.  It starts on page 60.

Social network site for Food & Farm Advocates - the website is called the "Northeast Food and Farm Network" ( and is a project of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG).The site is a full-featured social network with all the digital bells and whistles that you'd find on larger sites like MySpace or Facebook but without any of the flashing ads for things you don't want or need.

Farmer's Share - just a reminder at how little farmers receive for each dollar consumers spend.

Organic Volunteers - a place to post or search for internships, apprenticeships and job postings.

If you have any stories, articles or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
Deb Legge
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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