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From the Director
A Weekend of Food and Farming
Our Appeal to You
CT NOFA Friends,
It's our season! Farming and gardening is in full swing, meadows are blooming, greens are being harvested, strawberries are nearly ripe, the outdoor farmers markets are open, and CSA farm shares are being picked up. Ordinarily we would think it doesn't get better than this, but....
The CT NOFA office is in a flurry getting ready for
A Weekend of Food and Farming
taking place July 18 & 19 in Morris CT, hosted by our partner and CT NOFA Business Member, Winvian
resort, restaurant, spa...and Farm! The weekend consists of 2 fantastic events:
- Our 2nd annual A Special Culinary Fundraiser and Award Presentation on Friday night, July 18, 6:30-9:30 PM . This year's award recipient is trailblazer Claire Criscuolo who, together with her husband, founded Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven in 1975. Click here to read about Claire and her restaurant, and see why we are proud to be presenting her with CT NOFA's Organic Leadership Recognition Award.
- The inaugural A Summer Gathering: Growing Food, Farms and Community on Saturday, July 19, 9:30 AM-5:00 PM which builds on the energy of this year's Winter Conference and includes:
- interactive family activities and special family pricing - $35 for 4 for the family activities
- full scholarships for young adults interested in food system careers
- keynote addresses by Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, long-time organic gardener and author, and Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA
- workshops given by Tara Cook-Littman of GMO Free CT and ConnFact; and Taylor Cocalis Suarez, co-founder of Good Food Jobs, who will talk with young adults about leveraging new food system job opportunities.
We hope to see you at one or both events! This is your chance to experience Winvian and support CT NOFA at the same time. Visit ctnofa.org/winvian for more information and to register.
None of the work going into the planning of the Winvian events and our terrific summer on-farm workshops would be possible without your support. We rely upon YOU to be as generous as you can in supporting our Spring Appeal to continue expanding our work and get the organic message to a wider and wider audience.
A Summer Gathering is specifically intended to bring those who are unaware of the need for local and sustainable agriculture into the fold. Please read our Spring Appeal letter here.
Thank you for being part of the CT NOFA family and for your support of local and organic food, farming, gardening and land care,
Eileen HochbergExecutive Director
New Business Member Profiles
Arbor Services of CT, Inc.
The complete tree care company, run by licensed arborists! We have two CT-NOFA AOLCP's on staff and offer a full range of organic treatments for your property. We plant, fertilize, transplant, prune, cable, install lightning protection, treat for insect and disease problems, remove trees, grind stumps, consult with and advise landscape architects.
Greene Art Gallery
We sell original artwork of regional artists in our Victorian Barn by the Guilford Green. Our sculpture garden is pesticide free and we also grow organic vegetables for the food bank in our raised bed by the town green and encourage everyone to "Grow a Row For the Food Bank".
Gold Star Honeybees is your choice for quality top bar hive beekeeping equipment.
Visit our website for products and information about how you can keep bees in this green, natural beehive!
CT NOFA's Organic Advocate
Organic, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Conventional Agriculture: What are the differences?
By Bill Duesing
A recent study found that many people think that all local food is organic. Others assume that all CSAs are organic, or that all the products at a farmers market are organic, or that IPM and organic are the same. None of this is true. And there's lots of confusion.The Vegetable Management Guide for the New England Region provides much useful information not only for anyone who grows vegetables, and also for those who want to understand the differences between conventional, IPM and organic methods and produce. (The color photos of pests and diseases alone warrant a visit for anyone who grows vegetables or strawberries.)
CT NOFA Agriculture and Organic Land Care Events
1 pm-3 pm
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Community Farm of Simsbury/Gifts of Love
5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Massaro Community Farm, Woodbridge, CT
10:30am - 12:30 pm
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Community Farm of Simsbury
1:00pm to 3:00 pm
August 8 - 10, 2014
UMass, Amherst*Scholarships available for beginning farmers*
Signature Appetizers and Desserts * Wines/Beverages * Live & Silent Auction
Friday, July 18, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Winvian, Morris, CT
Children's Activities * Young Adult and Adult Workshops * Entertainment
Saturday, July 19, 2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Winvian, Morris, CT
Keynotes:Joan Dye Gussow
, Professor Emeritus
Columbia University, author and organic gardenerRichard McCarthy
, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
Have Fun, Learn, Return to Good Food Traditions
News, Announcements and Alerts
CT NOFA is hiring! Learn more HERE.
Interns wanted at CT NOFA.
New video from UK on "food wastage" The EPA has recently released a free, new resource to reduce food and packaging waste. Click HERE for a link to Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and RestaurantsNRCS To Hold Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Informational Sessions.
GMO Grass: Coming to a Lawn Near You? More>
Details>An analysis of GMO seed dominance that is preventing the development of viable non-GMO plant breeding alternatives
School Garden Network News
Growing and Learning
Webinar: Healthy Food + Healthy Ecosytem = Healthy Neighborhoods
On June 16, at 4pm, join edWeb.net for a webinar entitled Healthy Food + Healthy Ecosystem = Healthy Neighborhoods
. Presented by Brad Pillen and Meg Giuliano, CitySprouts
Garden Educators, the webinar will discuss school gardens in the summertime. Join Brad and Meg to learn more about summer garden programs for middle school youth. Co-hosted by edWeb.net
, the Edible Schoolyard Project
, the National Farm to School Network
, and Life Lab
. Register here
G.I.V.E Keeping Busy in Stamford
G.I.V.E., Green Initiative for Vegetables in Education, based in Stamford, CT, has been busy this past month! They were involved in the 4th Annual Lettuce Challenge
, which is hosted by the Stamford Garden Club. Over 150 plants from 16 different schools were entered. Congratulations to Dolan Middle School student LeeRoy Ber
ja, who won Best in Show for his lettuce! Watch a short video
of the Challenge, and read about it on G.I.V.E.'s blog
G.I.V.E. also held their May meeting at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center
, taking advantage of the teaching gardens there. Of special interest to educators are the potato towers - a fun and easy way to grow potatoes! For more info on potato towers, check out this short how-to
Fairchild Wheeler Magnet Students Keeping Bees
Students at Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict School in Bridgeport recently set up bee hives on their rooftop garden, one of only a few schools in CT to keep bees. Check out this video
from the CT Post, and visit the school's webpage
for photos of the new beekeepers!
Indiana Students Raise Cattle for School Cafeteria
The New York Times
recently ran an article
about students at Hagerstown (IN) Junior-Senior High School who are raising cattle as part of their curriculum. The cattle are raised for beef to be used in the cafeteria and to be sold locally. Many rural communities like Hagerstown are facing declining population and the loss of family farming. Classes like the cattle-raising program aim to increase the number of young farmers, connect kids to their food, and support local and small farms.
We'd love to share your school garden with our readers! Feel free to send me any articles, news, photos or any questions you may have.