Notes and reminders from the editor -
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
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
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.
Farm Workshop and Feast for Everyone - Sunday, July 13, Ledyard, CT,
Aiki Farm, 11-1 followed by a gourmet lunch.
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
2008 - NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, Manchester,
September 14, 2008 - Taste! Organic Connecticut,
Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry
November 1, 2008 - Organic
Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers'
January 17, 2009 - Getting Started in Organic Farming, New
Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2 and 3 (snow day), 2009 - NOFA
Organic Land Care 5-day course, New Haven, CT
2009 - Community Farming Conference, New Haven, CT
Other Upcoming Events
(*indicates new notice this
*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.
*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
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
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
Eggs-Perience Chickens: From hatching eggs to harvesting as meat,
learn what's involved in raising chickens. Contact Debra@Motherhouse.us 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
*Natureworks 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.
Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange -
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.
(*indicates new notice this
*Pullets Wanted - I'm looking for
brown egg laying pullets that are not de-beaked.
*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 Peter at
Woodland Raised Heritage breed Pork - Please call (434-6872)
or email email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-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! - www.buyctgrown.com
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 BuyCTGrown.com website uses cutting edge web design
technology to provide a user-friendly, up-to-date directory of
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
*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:
email@example.com, 410-533-6687 (cell)
*Herdsman/Assistant Farm Manager and
Intern - Town Farm Dairy, Simsbury, CT
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
NAVILLUSWB@aol.com. Also visit www.townfarmdairy.org to learn more about this and
their other programs.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (860)
*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
|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.
network site for Food & Farm Advocates - the website is called
the "Northeast Food and Farm Network" (www.nefood.org) 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
If you have any stories, articles or suggestions
for this newsletter, please let us know!Deb Legge