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March 2008
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Notes and reminders from your editor - Last reminder for the Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference of March 8th!  Come and check out the many vendors and exhibitors, learn something new at one of the workshops, try your luck at the teacup raffle and catch up with other winter-weary participants.  Don't forget to bring something for the potluck and please label it with heating/cooling instructions and a note about the ingredients (vegan, meat, etc.).  If you're feeling especially ambitious, a recipe card would be greatly appreciated for a future page on our website.
The NOFA Organic Land Care Program has accredited many new land care professionals:  76 in Massachusetts, 90 in Connecticut and another 55 are finishing up the course this week in Rhode Island.  Congradulations!
CT NOFA's educational exhibit won 1st prize at the recent Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford - many thanks to Bettylou Sandy for her great poster!

Hope to see many of you at the March 8th Conference,
Upcoming CT NOFA Events & News
March 19- Ag Day at the Capitol.  Looking for volunteers, 2-4 hours in the middle of the day.  Pass out salad and talk to legislators and others.  Please call the office if you are interested: 203-888-5146.
SAVE THE DATES - 2008 Events
June 7- Herbfest, Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry
June 29, CT NOFA Organic Farms tour
August 8-10, NOFA Summer Conference, UMass, Amherst
August 19, NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, Massachusetts
August 21, NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, Connecticut
September 14, Taste! Organic Connecticut, Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry
November 1, Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market
Volunteers are needed for Taste! and for the Farm Tour - both for planning and for the day of the events.  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)

Ecological Landscaping Association's 2008 Conference & Eco-Marketplace - Re-Visioning the Landscape: An Ecological Approach, March 6-8,  2008, MassMutual  Center, Springfield, MA.  For  further information refer to the ELA website.
*Lecture Series on Sustainable Agriculture - Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, CT
-Climate Cahange in CT, featuring Lynn Stoddard. March 7, 2008, 12:30 PM
-What Will We Eat?, featuring Bill Duesing.  March 20, 12:30 PM
-Invasive Plants in CT, by Todd Mervosh.  April 11, 12:30 PM
For details on these and other upcoming programs, visit here.  You can also call Joe Rodrigues at 860-242-2630.

Grass-Finished Meats Conference -
March 8, 2008, 9:00 to 4:15 at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall, Bloomsberg, PA.  For more information, call either David Hartman at 570-784-6660 ext. 12, email or Kris Ribble at 570-784-4401 ext. 111,  email at
*Public hearing and press conference for the Face of Connecticut Campaign - Monday, March 10th at 10:00 AM. at the Legislative Office Building  in Hartford. Please come out and show your support.  Click here for up to date information on the time and place and to learn more about this campaign.
*Nature at Home In Your Garden: Suburban Landscapes To Help The Planet - Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 6:30pm, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich CT.  To see their flyer, click here.
*Today's Eco-Friendly Landscaping:  NOFA and NRWA (Norwalk River Watershed
Association) Guest Speakers Explain How & Why - March 13, 2008, 3:30 PM at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT.  Mike Nadeau and Larry Weaner will be speaking.  Call the Library at 203.594.5003 to register for this free program.
2008 UConn Conferences:
Perennial Plant Conference - Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Storrs Campus. Visit this site for more information.
For the Home Gardener - Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Storrs campus in Storrs, CT. For more details, go here.
Spring Bedding Plant Program for Greenhouse Growers - various dates and locations.
For more information, visit their website.
*Indoor Farmers Market - rescheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 11 am-2 pm at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Chef Timothy Cipriano, Local Food Dude and Emily Brooks of the EA Alliance will be hosting an Indoor Farmer's Market to raise money to purchase Senior Farm Market Nutrition Vouchers to increase senior's access to local foods, regardless of income. Check here for details.
*Spring Equinox Celebration at the Mercy Center - March 15, 2008 in Madison, CT.  For details of this and other events at this lovely spiritual retreat and conference center, click here.

*Ask the Experts: Farm Labor, Property and Sales Tax, & Farmland Preservation Options - March 18, 2008, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM  at the Courtyard by Marriott,in Cromwell, CT. Sponsored by CT Farm Risk Management Team.  For more information and registration details, click here.


*Beetle Farmer Workshops for Purple Loosestrife Biological Control - three upcoming training dates: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in Storrs, CT, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in Sherman CT and Monday, April 7, 2008 in West Hartfort, CT.  Sponsored by the University of Connecticut's Integrated Pest Management Program, this training is free and open to the public.  More more information or to register, click here.

*Educational program for farmers and small businesses - Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam, CT. Presented by The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, working with USDA Rural Development and the Connecticut DEP. This program includes information about:

*  Funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
*  BioFuel opportunities for Connecticut farmers, and
*  Climate Change issues facing our farms

All are welcome to attend this free event. Reservations are required.  They may be emailed to Laurel Kohl at, or called in to 860-465-0256.
*Organic Garden Planning Workshop - March 22, 2008 from 10-3 at Common Ground School, 258 Springside Ave, New Haven.  Cost: $20 per person, includes lunch. Children welcome to attend with parents. Pre-registration REQUIRED. For information about this and their other upcoming programs, visit their website.  You may also call Rebecca Holcombe 203-389-4333, x213, or Alexis 203-389-4333, x209 for details.
Adult Ed Class - FOOD SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY:What You Don't Know CAN Hurt  You.  A film will be shown in each session: 
    Session I:  The Future  of Food 
    Session  II:  King Corn
Each film will be followed by a group discussion.
The class is offered through Farmington  Continuing Education, and will be held at Farmington High School.   It consists of two-sessions, Tuesday, March 25 and Tuesday April 01,  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.   Resident Fee $29. Non-Resident Fee $34
For more information or to register online, please go
Weslyan event - April 4, 2008 at Crowell Concert Hall in Middletown, CT: Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns Keynote Address: "Food, Power, and Identity".  A three day event that will discuss how food shapes our identities, our public and private discourse, our politics, and our daily lives.  Check here for more information. 

*Marketing Tour - Expanding Into New Markets - April 9, 2008, 8 AM - 3:30 PM at Regional Market, Hartford, CT.  Do you want to know how to start an e-newsletter, develop your website, and see a successful farm store?  Wondering how to get into retail and wholesale markets?   Then join us  - click here for more information.

*Schools, Food & Community - Friday April 11th - Saturday April 12, 2008 at Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY  For details, click here.
*CT Community Gardening Association Conference - April 12, 2008 at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury.  "Closing the Food Gap"  author Mark Winne is the keynote speaker.  Check their site for more information.
*Swine School - 4/18-4/19/08 at Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, NY.  Hosted by Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, The Animal Welfare Institute, & the Cornell Department of Animal Science. For more information, go to their site.
*NOFA Summer Conference - The 34th Annual NOFA Summer Conference will be held August 8 - 10, 2008 at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts (new location!).  The keynote speaker is Mark McAfee, founder of Organic Pastures Dairy Company.  Click here to keep track of updates to workshops, registrations and more.
*Organic Gardening talks, by Bill Duesing
These are free and open to the public. Call the office for more information.

March 15 - New Haven Community Gardens, City Hall, Soil Health plus other speakers
March 20 - Bloomfield Vo Ag, How will we eat?  see their site.
March 25 - New Morning Natural Foods, Woodbury, Organic Kitchen Gardening (evening)
March 26 - Torrington Community Gardens, Organic Gardening, 7 pm. USDA office
April 1 - North Haven Library, Organic Gardening, evening
April 5 - Granby Public Library, Organic Gardening, 2:00

Community Board
Living the Green Dream - Imani Zito of the Alchemy Juice Bar Cafe and her family have embarked on a new venture.  For more information, please visit their website.
F.R.E.S.H. New London job opening - Education Coordinator.  Visit their site for more details.  This position is still open; for a full job description, mailing address or other questions, contact Emily Lerner (860) 501-3109.
Terra Firma Farm CSA Lottery - Due to the high number of requested shares we will be doing a CSA lottery.  All applications postmarked by March 15th will be entered into the lottery.  All recieved applications will be confirmed and selected, shareholders will be notified by March 20th.  Terra Firma Farm is located in Stonington, CT and more information and a registration form can be found here.

Help Wanted - positions available at Webster Ingersoll in Sheffield, MA.  We're fielding a hybrid Tree Care/PHC team this year and need another experienced climber, an applicator, and a groundman.  Call Tom Ingersoll at 413-229-8124 to learn more.
Online course for Aspiring, new and diversifying farmers - offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices.  To learn more, click here.
Landscape Construction Supervisor Wanted - Ecological design firm needs a leader to work with our construction crew. Planting, grading/drainage, meadow and lawn installation, walls and pavers.  Contact Camilla Worden  of Camilla Worden Garden Design LLC at 203-790-9809 or by email.

Apprentices Welcome at Aiki Farms - Now is the time to apply for apprenticeship at Aiki farms where Aikido training, Biointensive certification,and zazen meditation are offered, as well as sharing in the fruits of ones labor at seasons end.  For more information, call Robert at 860-536-6407 or email at
Positions available - Learn from one of the founders!  Organic Land Care Company in Fairfield,CT.  President is a founding member of the Organic Land Care (OLC) program, developed first standards to Organic Land Care, and teaches Organics around the country.  Positions include Planting/Construction Supervisor and Gardening Supervisor.  For details, visit their website.

Common Ground High School, Urban Farm & Environmental Education Center Survey -  requires very quick response!  This from Betsy Sneath, Associate Director:
Dear CT Grower,
We are planning to upgrade our kitchen with commercial-grade equipment for our use and use by local farmers, growers, and community gardeners to use at a very low cost for canning or preserving their own food for sale or use at home. 
Because we have this opportunity to expand, we need to verify potential community interest.  If you respond to this three-question survey by Tuesday morning, March 11, 2008, we will keep you on a list of those interested in using our commercial kitchen should the funding come through.  To respond, reply by email to .
1) Would you be interested in using the commercial kitchen either on
your own or with other growers? ____Yes            ____No    _____Maybe
2) If yes, how often? ____1-2 times/year   ____3-4 times/year  ____more ___times/year
3) In one sentence, please describe how you would use the space.
Name:                                      Organization:
Questions? Email or call me at (203) 389-0823, x1211
Betsy Sneath, Associate Director 

Position Title: Summer Camp On-Site Assistant Director - New Pond Farm is a non-profit environmental education center and working farm located on 102-acres in Redding, CT. We offer a residential summer camp for inner-city youth from CT and day camp for local children (8-12 years old). As a summer camp alternate director, you will enjoy living and working on a beautiful working farm. Facilities include a bunkhouse/Indoor Learning Center with accommodations for the campers and counselors. Daily activities include hiking, gardening/farming, swimming, astronomy and more. Qualifications: at least 21 years of age, 16 weeks of documented supervisory/administrative experience in an organized camp. Compensation DOE and certifications. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Visit their site for a complete job description.

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.
Connecticut News
Local Foods in the Classroom - Bloomfield High School's Foodservice Director, Tim Cipriano, has been instrumental in promoting local foods and engaging students in the process.  To read the article, click here.

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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