CT NOFA eNewsletter
June 2009
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

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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 413-253-0181,

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.

HerbFest 2009 - 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  or  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)
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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 -; Barbara Kleban - 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 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.

Organic Homestead 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 (EQIP) funding - 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

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

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

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.
 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.

USDA Announces REAP Grant/Loan Guarantee Funding - Deadline for Applications is July 31, 2009 . More>

Cornucopia Institute's  "Behind the Bean" report.

Livestock for Landscapes site.
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