CT NOFA eNewsletter
CT NOFA is the Connecticut Chapter of the
Northeast Organic Farming Association
CT NOFA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to
strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and
gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. Our
efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food. CT
NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care
professionals, businesses and consumers that encourages a healthy
relationship to the natural world.
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| Notes & Reminders
The new CT NOFA Farm & Food Guide is now available. Members will receive their copy within the next couple weeks. If you would like copies to distribute at your local farmers' market, library or other location, just call the office at 203-888-5146 and we'll get them out to you. Click here to view a PDF file.
The NOFA Organic Land Care Program will be soon be posting details for a part-time Project Coordinator position. Check here for further information as it becomes available.
Office kittens update ~ the officially named Basil & Rue are not much help in running the office, but are endlessly entertaining!
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Organic Garden Tour ~ Saturday, June 13, 2009
2009 Gardener Education Workshops
The next in the series begins July 7th - Pruning Vegetables and Flowers.
Online registration is now available.
Organic Farm & Agriculture Tour
Saturday, June 27, 2009 ~ visit three different member farms within Windham County. Online registration is now available!
NOFA Advanced Workshop Series
Pruning Woody Trees and Shrubs, July 8th, 9am - 3pm, Connecticut Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT. Check site for other upcoming workshops in this series and registration information.
NOFA Summer Conference - August 7 - 9, 2009, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Check out their new page for workshops, speakers, registration and more. Do you have an organic product to sell? Are you involved in
agricultural education or advocacy? The NOFA Summer Conference, held
on August 7-9 at UMass-Amherst, is a great place to network, and a
great opportunity to reach an informed and interested crowd of 1,500+
people. Advertise in the program guide distributed to all
conferencegoers, or exhibit in the main tent open to attendees all
weekend plus the general public Saturday afternoon. For more
information, contact ad/exhibit coordinator Don Persons at
NOFA 5th Annual Lawn & Turf Courses
Massachusetts: NOFA Summer Conference, UMass Amherst, MA, August 7th
New Jersey: Hillsbourogh, NJ, August 18th
Connecticut: Manchester, CT, August 20th
Taste! Organic Connecticut
September 20, 2009 ~ Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Community Farming Conference
October 31, 2009 ~ New Haven, CT
Other Upcoming Events
(*indicates new notice this month)
*FRESH- New London June & July events
- Perennial Herb Gardens- June 4th, 6:00 - 7:00; Propagation Methods-June 16th, 6:00 - 7:00; Strategies for Small Gardens-July 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00; Methods for Extending Your Gardening Season-July 14th, 6:00 - 7:00; Learn Tips and Tricks from the FRESH Community Gardeners-July 25th, 4:30 -6:00 + more! Details>
*Urban Oaks Organic Farm Slow Food Event
- June 6, 2009, 225 Oak Street, New Britain. Farm tours at 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm, local cheeses for tasting, cooking demonstration. More>*Poultry Processing Workshop
- Saturday, June 13, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, Glynwood Center, Cold Spring, NY. Details>
Massachusetts Nutrient Density Field Trainings
- July and September 2009. For details, dates and locations, click here
- Sponsored by Connecticut Herb Association, Inc. Saturday, June 6, 2009, 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Pleasant View Farms, 452 South Road, Route 83, Somers, CT. A day of celebration and education honoring the many gifts provided by herbs. Workshops and weedwalks, activities for children, demonstrations,
information tables, bake sale, food vendors, over 30 craft and herbal
vendors. For more information see www.ctherb.org
Phone: 860-763-5206*Market Research: Unlock the Potential for Your Agribusiness
- June 17, 2009 4:00 pm, Maneeley's Banquet, South Windsor, CT. More>*NOFA/Mass 2009 Grazing Workshop Series
- beginning June 27th with Small-Scale Dairies and On-Farm Processing. Details>
More grazing workshops also at the NOFA Summer Conference.*New England Wild Flower Society
- July classes & workshops. More>*CT Landmarks 2009 Events
- In conjunction with CT NOFA at the Nathan Hale Homestead
in Coventry:History of Gardening in CT
, July 5, 2009 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM.Pruning Vegetables and Flowers for Better Yield and Fall Crops
, August 9, 2009, 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM. Both classes taught by NOFA instructor Bettylou Sandy. Click here
for this and other events.Tomato To-mah-to Heirloom Tasting Feast
- Sunday, August 23rd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Upper Forty Farm, Cromwell. Delicious details to follow (in July or so)
Farmers sought - New Farmers Market in Fairfield. Superb location, right in the center of town. At the Promenade @ Brick Walk, 1189 Post Rd (behind TREK bike store). Every Saturday 9.00 to 12.00. Please email Janak Desai - firstname.lastname@example.org; Barbara Kleban - email@example.com for more details.
Farm Share Offering: Nature's Mirror Farm
in North Haven is offering a week-to-week farm share this season, beginning in
mid-June. A typical share will include
salad greens, cooking greens, herbs, a root crop (carrots, beets, potatoes), and
onion crop (onions, leeks, or scallions), and squashes, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants,
and peppers when they are in season. The
cost per week will range from $20 to $40 depending on the share's contents. Send
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive a weekly e-mail this summer, which will describe the share and give
you the option to reserve one of the week's farm shares.
for Sale - Glastonbury CT,
15 minutes from Hartford
- a world apart. Excellent schools. 1830 post & beam house with accessory apartment addition
(serves as B & B) on 20
acres: 10 acres woods, 5
acres fenced pastures, 4 market gardens, spacious yard. Fruit trees and small fruit, herbs, extensive
flowers, perennial vegetables. Four bedrooms, 2
baths, 3 working fireplaces & newly renovated kitchen in main house;
sun room and porch addition. 1830 barn and 1970 barn suitable for livestock. Flock
of organic chickens. Land managed organically since 1981. CT NOFA certified many years. Call 860-633-4503.
Administrative Assistant Position - Sustainable Food Systems, LLC in Wallingford, CT is looking to hire a part time Administrative Coordinator. This position is responsible for all general office duties and reports directly to the President. Please contact John Turenne
at 203-294-9683 or by email.
Wanted: Farmers Interested in "Targeting Hunger" at a Springfield, MA Farmers' Market. More>
NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Over $200,000 for organic or transitioning farmers in Connecticut is
now available.The deadline has been extended to June 12th
. An example of one of the six
priority conservation practices might be working with entomologist Kim
Stoner (of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station) on insect
management issues. Details >
Vendors wanted - Wilton's first Farmers' Market on Wednesdays from noon until 4:00PM. Please either e-mail your responses or phone Sally Gemmill at 203-762-3950, Ext. 234.
Farm/Land sought - Vegan family seeking
farmable land for small organic/veganic farm with minimal carbon footprint.
Open to partnership and coop. Will operate in efficient/environmental sustainable
using renewable energy [solar/wind/bio], contribute some foods to the soup kitchens
and eventually teach others to do the same. We welcome any advice/guidance/assistance.
603-290-3179, 516-821-0000 or email@example.com
Looking for summer
internship - Twenty year old college junior. Home from school and ready
to work immediately. Two summers of experience working on organic farms. Hard worker, good with animals. Experienced at farmers markets. Ten years experience as a horsewoman. Call 1-203-979-9506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Position available -
Unusual living situation available for single person with interest in
gardening, chickens, bees, and some basic maintenance skills. Deal
with landscaping on property, "livestock" above, simple repairs, very
small pond, and snow in winter, in return for very minimal rent (just
to cover utilities). (203) 230-1080
Request for help - friends of a seriously ill local woman seek organic foods for donation for free or drastically reduced in price. Please contact Rich at email@example.com
NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange - A free
forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to www.nofa.org/exchange/index.php to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.
| Members in the News
|Unquowa School & Peter Gorman
Debbie & Mark Palladino get a farm visit from Scot Haney and Better Connecticut on WFSB Channel 3. Video>
Connecticut CSAs and Bill Duesing in the Hartford Courant
The upcoming CT NOFA Garden Tour was featured in the Special Section of the Danbury News-Times. More>
Patrick Horan and George Purtill in the New York Times.
Also in the NYT, John Holbrook and the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station.
Organic gardens and the hotel industry - with our very own Bill Duesing. More>
Other Items of Interest
|Wall Street Journal weed article
Connecticut Gardeners Can Make a Difference - Join the Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign. Details>
Hoophouse webinar now available on ATTRA site.
Cornucopia Institute's "Behind the Bean" report.
USDA Announces REAP Grant/Loan Guarantee Funding - Deadline for Applications is July 31, 2009 . More>
Livestock for Landscapes site.
|If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this newsletter, please let us firstname.lastname@example.org