CT NOFA eNewsletter
March 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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Speak Up for Agriculture/Ag Day at the Capitol - Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Capitol steps, Hartford, CT. 9:00 to 10:00 am.  Speak with State Leaders about the Importance of Local Farms. Visit with producers during AG DAY in the Hall of Flags , 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. JOIN US AND HELP KEEP AGRICULTURE IN CONNECTICUT!

potato flowersOrganic Garden Tours
- we have scheduled June 13, 2009 for a series of organic garden tours throughout the state and we are still looking for gardens to add to the tour.
They don't have to be picture-perfect, just examples of organically cared for flower, vegetable and herb gardens.

If you would like to host your garden - PLEASE - call the office!

Last call for F&F guide listing & ads for both Guides - call the office at 203-888-5146 if you have not sent your listing in yet.

The 2009 Taste! committee is now being formed.  If you'd like to participate in the planning for this event at its new location, give us a call.
Upcoming CT NOFA Events

2009 On-Farm Workshops
Suggested topics include meat processing in CT, greenhouse growing, season extenders, cheese making, CSA topics, farm to school & farm to chef topics, pasture management, marketing, community kitchens.  If you would like to host a workshop or have any other suggestions, let us know!

2009 Gardener Education Workshops
Beginning April 21, 2009 - Basic Organic Gardening

Organic Garden Tour
June 13, 2009

Organic Farm Tour
June 28, 2009 ~ Northeast Connecticut

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)
*A Gifford Green Conversation: Connecting Communities with Farms and Food
A Presentation from the Farm Based Education Association. Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7:00 PM at The Ethel Walker School Chapel, 230 Bushy Hill Rd.,  Simsbury, CT. Details>

One-On-One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals
Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the New London County Extension Center, Norwich, CT
For a complete list of speakers and topics, contact Norman Bender at 860-887-1608.

2009 Community Tree Conference - Saving Our Trees: A Conference for Arborists, Foresters, Tree Wardens, Sugar Bush Owners and Anyone Who Loves Trees
March 10, 2009, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Stockbridge Hall, UMass Amherst. For a registration form or to register online, go to

*Common Ground Events:
~Winterfest  - Sun, March 8, 11:00 - 2:00. See tapped trees, taste raw sap, and participate in a maple syrup taste-test.  Then, head inside for brunch featuring locally made maple syrup, pancakes, and Common Ground raised eggs and bacon.
~Open Farm Day, Seed Starting, and "Ask the Farmer" Opportunity - Sat, April 4, 2009, 10:00 - 1:00 at Common Ground, 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT. More on both events.

Poultry Processing Exemptions Webinar - Tuesday, March 10th, 11:30 to 1 p.m. Pacific.  More>

*Women's Agricultural Business Planning Summit - March 14, 2009 in South Windsor, CT. More>

*Edible School Gardens Workshop - POSTPONED! new date: Monday, MARCH 16, 2009. Westport, Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. The workshop is free and open to the public and there is still room as of March1st. Please RSVP by to Carmela at ci@mainstreetresources.comDetails>

*Sustainability Education for the 21st Century" - Thursday, March 19th at CCSU in New Britain, CT.  More>

*3rd Annual Connecticut Urban Ecology Conference - March 21, 2009 at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610 More>

*Holbrook Farm Events:mothers day food photo
~Hunt for Daylily Shoots at Holbrook Farm with naturalist/ author "Wildman" Steve Brill - Saturday, April 4, 2009. The 2-hour walking tour begins at 9:30 AM  in Bethel, CT.
~Farm to Table Mother's Day Celebration. Come and Join us at Holbrook Farm's 1st Annual Celebration of Local, Sustainable, and Delicious produce, fish, and meat on Sunday, May 10, 2009. For both events, details.

*Earthathon 2009 - For you, for Nicaragua, for the Earth*    CT NOFA is co-sponsoring a Earthathon, which invites people to take action from April 10 through May 10, 2009 to help build a sustainable future locally and globally. More>

*Farming and the Arts - April 17-19, 2009, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY. More>

*Permaculture Design Certification course - Course offered by the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT. April 12-24 and September 20-October 2, 2009. They also offer other food/farm related classes such as Greenhouse Design/Build, Edible Forest Gardens, Root Cellar Design/Build, Rain Garden Design, and Farm Design/Build.  Details>

*Organic Lawn Care Symposium & Expo - April 22, 2009,  6:30 PM, Southport Congregational Church,  524 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT. Going Green in Your Own Back Yard. Why and how to begin to use organic lawn and garden care practices. The event is free and open to the public. Questions, call 203-847-7109.

*New Canaan Nature Center Garden Market - May 1-3, 2009, New Canaan CT. Weekend will feature a garden market with plant and food vendors, organic suppliers, informational booths and educational exhibits. Anyone interested should contact Alan Gorkin at or 203-966-9577 x14.

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
Community Board

Wayne Hanson is trying to contact someone he talked with at the Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference on February 21st - someone there who had read The Avatar (which was mentioned  in Wayne's bio) way back when he was thirteen years old in Newton, MA.  Please call 860-564-7987 if you can help.

Looking for vendors
  - New Canaan Nature Center Garden Market - May 1-3, 2009, New Canaan CT seeks vendors, especially with kids programming, animals, and edibles. Weekend will feature a garden market with plant and food vendors, organic suppliers, informational booths and educational exhibits. Anyone interested should contact Alan Gorkin at or 203-966-9577 x14.

Vendors Wanted
  - Janak Desai,, 203-256-0787 is looking for farmers for a Saturday market at Warde HS in Fairfield beginning in late May.

Sausage stuffing machin
e - Hand crank model made by Enterprise Mfg. Co.  Clean and ready to use for stuffing sausage or manicotti.  $95 (NOFA Members)  $125 (Others). or 203-421-5447

Intern and Farm Manager Sought - for the 2009 growing season at the Hay House Farm in Old Saybrook, CT. Please call David Brown at 860.575.2387 if you are interested, and set up a time to come visit. More>

Hiring - Project Lead Contractor - Greater New London Farm to City Coalition
seeks a versatile individual to work on the GNLF2C local food strategy. More>

Delivering Connecticut's Organics to your Doorstep! - We are an independent Organic Delivery service dedicated to seeking the freshest variety of produce from local Connecticut farms and delivering them to home doorsteps weekly. If you are a farm interested in expanding your presence and reaching out to new clients -OR- a someone who wants the freshest ingredients with the convenience of delivery, please contact John Fasciano at or 203-506-6078. Think Global, Buy Local!!"

Seeking Farm Land - Creative Living Community of Connecticut, Inc. (CLCC) seeks farm land for long term lease and/ or option to buy, between 15-80 acres, with at least 10 tillable acres to create a farmstead for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. CLCC also seeks 5-10 acres land for greenhouse and educational facility ASAP.  Please contact:  Cindy Hall 860-643-1193 Ext. 303 at and for information:

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.
Organic Gardening Workshops, Talks and Courses

sunflowerIf you are taking, teaching or know of an organic gardening talk, workshop or course, let us know!  We will post them here and on our

*Indicates new notice this month

Manchester Community College - Bettylou Sandy, a CT NOFA Board member, is teaching a series of classes covering topics such as "Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Spring", "Organic Vegetable Gardening", "Shade gardening", and many more. See page 42 of this linked course brochure and click here for a link to Manchester Community College.
Thyme & Season Natural Food Market in Hamden is planning a series of talks this spring that will include organic food gardening. Check  here for details when finalized.

2009 Willington Recreation Gardening Program - beginning March 3, 2009 until September 1st. Topics include Vegetable, Herb & Flower Gardening, Compost/Lawn Care, Fall Planting. Details>

2009 Conference for the Home Gardener - March 13, 2009. At the Lewis B. Rome Commons, Storrs campus, Storrs, CT. More>

Old Style Life-Skills workshops - Organic Gardening , May 9, 2009.  Sponsored by Motherhouse at Local Farm in Cornwall, CT.  Other upcoming topics include wool gathering, sourdough starter course, chickens and many more.  Details>

Basics of Organic Gardening - March 21, 2009. 10:00 - 1:00pm. $15. Wallingford Park & Recreation, 203-294-2120

Talk on Organic Gardening - March 25, 2009, 7 pm, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, CT, by Bill Duesing.

*Vegetable Gardening A,B,C's - Saturday, March 28, 2009, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM,  Middlesex Cooperative Extension Office in Haddam, Registration Fee: $50.00. More>

Landscape Design Basics - Saturday, April 4, 2009, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Auer Farm in Bloomfield, Registration Fee: $50.00. More>

Organic Lawn Care Workshop - Saturday, April 4, 2009, 9 am to 12 pm, Mansfield Town Hall Council Chambers. Registration fee - $10. More>

*"Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local -- Start with Your Soil” - April 27, 2009, CT Agricultural Experiment Station auditorium, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, 11:45 to 1:00, $10 per person. Featured speaker Bill Duesing. Includes lunch and We'll also have lists of sources of locally grown seeds, seedlings, plants and trees, of places to buy local farm produce, and of restaurants, like Zinc, that use as many locally produced products as possible.  Students from Common Ground High School will be selling seedlings and other items, such as maple syrup.For more information, contact Mikey by phone 203.393.2214 or email.

Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY - offering a series of workshops, including organic beekeeping, Beginning an Vegetable Garden and many more. More>

Outreach Opportunities (*indicates new notice this month)
 The following are events to which we have been invited to attend.  If you would like to help promote CT NOFA at any of these events, please contact the office at 203-888-5146. 

How are we going to eat? - Friday, March 6th, 11:30, by Bill Duesing at Granby High School, Granby CT. More>

19th Annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit - Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Bridgeport, CT. Investing in Clean Water: for Sound health, jobs and the economy.

Environmental Action 2009 - Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA. Sponsored by Toxics Action Center. More>

Earthstock Connecticut at Tunxis Community College - Sunday, April 19, 2009-10:00AM until 4:00PM, Farmington, CT.  More>

Earth Day Festival at Taft School in Watertown - Sunday, April 19th from 11-4.
Spring Fling Event.

20th Annual Earth Fair at the CT Audubon Society Center  -  April 25, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m in Glastonbury. More>

Arbor Day Event - April  25, 2009, Ridgefield, CT. Any additional questions, please contact Vicki Yolen at (203)438-7809 More>

New Morning Earth Day - Saturday, April 25, 2009, Woodbury, CT. More>

Spring Fling Event at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - May 2, 2009. More>

Farmer Vendor Sought for Earth Day Awareness Event  -  looking for someone knowledgeable about CSAs, composting techniques,  gardening questions and have some organic items from their farm (honey, maple syrup, seedlings, garlic, etc.) they may wish to sell. Event is Friday, May 8th at Pratt & Whitney Cheshire Engine Center in Cheshire. Contact Michele Flugrad at

Fairfield Earth Day - May 9, 2009, 9:30AM-3:00PM, Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Avenue, Fairfield, CT. 

*Norwalk/Wilton Tree Festival -  May 16, 2009, Cranberry Park. Additional information about the festival is available by calling the City of Norwalk Customer Service Center at (205) 854-3200 or via e-mail at Details>

Middlefield/Rockfall Old Home Days - June 6, 2009, 10 am to 5 pm. This year's theme is "A Happy and Healthy Community ".
Legislative & Support News

*Speak Up for Agriculture/Ag Day at the Capitol - March 18, 2009, Capitol steps, Hartford, CT. 9:00 to 10:00 am.  Speak with State Leaders about the Importance of Local Farms. Visit with producers during AG DAY in the Hall of Flags , 10:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Other Items of Interest
Members in the news

Several member farms are listed in the Eatwild website.

More in the local news

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Grants - more>
If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
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