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May 2010

GLEANINGS: n. 1. That which has been acquired by gleaning. 2. The monthly eNewsletter of CT NOFA. [Glean:v. 1. to gather relevant information or material by patient effort, bit by bit; to find out. 2. to gather grain or other produce (often: left by reapers); to harvest.]
From the Executive Director


bill duesing

"Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony."


That is the USDA's definition of organic agriculture.


It is wonderful and important. Last year a team of 28 leading Earth scientists got together to identify nine planetary life-support systems that are vital for human survival, make estimates of the safe zones or boundaries for those systems and determine where we are now in relation to those boundaries. (www.newscientist.com/special/ocean-to-ozone-earths-nine-life-support-systems)


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In This Issue
Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Guest Columnist
Community Board
New Business Member Profiles
Other Items of Interest
Supporter Thanks
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Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events

Bill Duesing's Upcoming Talks:
*May 6, 2010 - Organic Gardening Talk, 5:00-6:30 pm, at New Morning in Woodbury, CT
*May 8, 2010 - Organic gardening and compost talk and demonstration at Northwest Park, Windsor. 
10-11:30. Details>
*May 19, 2010 -Success with Organic and Sustainable Gardening, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Westmoor Park in West Hartford, CT.

Common Ground Seedling Sale & Farm Festival
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 to 3:00 - CT NOFA will be tabling with "Ask the Organic Gardener"  - join us!

Growing Healthy Tomatoes

May 23, 2010, 1:00-2:00 pm
Knox Parks Community Garden, Hartford
Presenter: Bettylou Sandy
Free; part of an afternoon of events at Knox Parks
Free Tomato plants for first 20 attendees

Coventry Farmers' Market -
CT NOFA & a market tour; June 13, 2010.

CT NOFA City Farm & Garden Tour
- August 7, 2010, New Haven, CT.
If you have or know of a city garden that could be featured, please let us know. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities also available. Email for more information.

NOFA Summer Conference - August 13 to 15, 2010, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Check out the site for exhibit/advertising opportunities and complete workshop listings and other details.

taste 2009
Taste! Organic Connecticut - September 19, 2010, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
10th Anniversary - join us for the best celebration ever!

Other local and regional events are now maintained on our website.  If you have an event you'd like to add, send it along to the office.

Legislative Update
A straightforward article on what's happening at the state legislature with the school pesticide ban.

Community Board

Internship wanted - Future farmer looking for summer internship that includes room and board, as well as wifi internet access. I'm available July 1 through most of September as I am preparing to study at the Farm School in MA. I've been a teacher for 20 years so can be useful in education programs. I'd like to work on an organic farm, but would consider other places as well. Prefer Western Mass or CT, but would consider southern NH and VT as well. 860-803-9219 or mlsmith1260@yahoo.com

Grower Wanted - Seeking local farmer willing to grow corn to be dried and turned into masa. We prefer organically grown. Looking to yield at least 400lbs. masa. Will help with costs. Boxcar Cantina, Greenwich. Contact Nancy Roper by email.

Internship - Diversified eco-farm in Highgate, Vermont (3 miles from Canada) seeks three interns for the 2010 season. Please contact Hannah Noel by phone (802) 868-5083 or email: maplewoodorganics@yahoo.com. More>

Gardener Wanted - We are looking for someone to (PT / FT seasonal position) maintain a 3 - 4 acre organic garden.  This could run approximately (7) months - April through October. Contact Lois at 860-354-0047 or email.

Frostfire Farm Notices: Wanted to buy - small tractor with bucket. CSA Workshare available now at Goshen, CT, farm; small CSA program. Contact E. Frost, 860-491-2272 for particulars.
Looking for goats - Mad Mares Farm is looking for goats (4 max.) to graze on our hillside this summer.  Please contact us at goutremont@snet.net.

CT Folk Fest and Green Expo Seeks Local Farmers - seeking local food from farmers and other growers who would like to expose their products and services to other like-minded individuals who will be attending the event this year. More>

For Sale -  Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep. 3 lambs total, 2 wethers and one Registered ram with good bloodlines. These sheep have wonderful fleece for spinning. If interested contact Tim and Dawn Sotir @ 203-881-1986.

Ram available - Gulf Coast Ram available immediately. This breed is resistant to hoof rot and parasites. Ideal for an organic farm.  He's virile and handsome. Used last year as a donor for heritage breed preservation.   Inquiries and offers to westfieldacresfarm@msn.com

Position available - Common Ground is seeking an Environmental Educator and Program Manager for our School Field Trip Program and science-based after school program for miIddle school students. More>

New Business Member Profile

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TJB-INC. in Hamden, CT is a premier Landscape Contractor servicing the South Central New England area, specializing in dynamic customized plans uniquely suited to enhance your property. They provide a full range of services including:


         Outdoor Living Spaces

         Custom Water Features

         Synthetic Putting Greens

         Turf & Ornamental Programs

         Interlocking Concrete Pavers            

         Retaining Wall Systems

         Drainage Systems & Repairs

         Plant Installations

         On-Site Consultations

         Seasonal Maintenance

When asked about the changing impact of organic land care, President and CEO Ted Griener said:

"Over the 34 years in the landscaping business, TJB-INC has noticed a definite trend in consumers looking to get away from the traditional 4-step pesticide & fertilizer lawn treatment programs.  Customers are more often requesting an organic based program that is environmentally sound and good for the earth.  We are glad that people are becoming more aware that treating the soil creates better plants.  We credit organizations like CT NOFA in getting the word out to the public. Our organic fertilizers are either turkey litter or sea-weed based to stimulate the micobial organisims to grow healthier plants for our customers."

If you are in the area, stop by & visit us and discover new ideas for your property by wandering through our display gardens. We have hundreds of plants, thousands of flowers, eleven  waterfalls in our display ponds, many styles of installed brick walks/patios, and seven different retaining wall styles to choose from.  We are also a stop on the Connecticut Garden & Landscape Trail.



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Guest Columnist - Bettylou Sandy

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It's May!


Traditionally May marks the beginning of the wonderful gift of springtime excitement and color.  Spring fever is in the air, each warm day, when everything seems to be brighter and more beautiful than we remember in previous years. 


The trees, shrubs and flowers are each taking their turns to "show their stuff".  Many vegetables are ready for harvesting and others are ready to be planted.  The lawns and meadow paths need to be cut and the birds are busily singing to their mates.


Until recently, when I mention gardening, most people thought of flowers and shrubs.  These days most people seem to think of a vegetable garden, of some sort.  More and more people are eager to plant their own vegetables this year.  With the economy and the need to get back to some sort of self-sufficiency, classes and programs related to growing food have been very popular this year. This is the time of year for the gardening enthusiasm to germinate!

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Other Items of Interest
The Union of Concerned Scientists has a new Guide to Climate-Friendly Gardening [pdf]

Schedule of food preservation workshops, sponsored by UConn Cooperative Extension, taught by Diane Hirsch, Food Safety Educator.

Urban Flower Power: Gardens Turn Blighted Burton Street Area Into Oasis Of Color

American Farmland Trust hopes that you will join us for the second annual America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest. More>

Environmental Working Groups 2010 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

SARE Outreach announces the release of its newly updated Small Dairy Resource Book

EPA Encourages States to Use Portal for Reporting Ecological Incidents - includes possible adverse pesticide spraying of bees. More>

We had a call recently about fertilizers containing sewage sludge and came across this site with product listings.

We also had a call inquiring about the health effects of a mixture of fertilizer and three herbicides that was applied to lawns and sidewalks at a senior living facility in Cheshire and recommended this site www.pesticideinfo.org
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Deb Legge
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