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From the Director
New Business Members
CT NOFA's Organic Advocate
CT NOFA Events
Summer Fun at Winvian
Farm & Food Guide
News, Announcements and Alerts
School Garden
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From the Director

Because of YOU We Accomplish Great Things

CT NOFA Friends,

We are proud to have just published CT NOFA's 2014-2015 Farm & Food Guide, a sign that spring has finally come!

The Guide would not be possible without your financial support. When you visit the farms and other featured businesses, please mention you saw them in CT NOFA's 2014-2015 Farm & Food Guide. It is the only publication connecting consumers statewide to local and organic farms and food, and the businesses that support sustainable agriculture. This year's Guide has more USDA Certified Organic and CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge farms, more supporting businesses, and new information to help you make good food choices.

Please participate in our Spring Appeal
by donating here. Thanks to your ongoing financial support, in addition to publishing the Guide we're able to present our acclaimed programs throughout the state. We are so proud of what we've achieved so far in 2014.
Check out our Spring Appeal letter for a sampling of what we've already accomplished this year - and it's only May! None of these programs would have been possible without the financial support of individuals like you who are passionate about organic agriculture and land care.

Your generous support will enable us to continue our critical work for the remainder of 2014 and present our inaugural  Summer Gathering: Growing Food, Farms and Community at Winvian resort in Morris on Saturday, July 19, which will include:
* interactive family activities
* 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 including 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.  

Please be as generous as you can!

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 Hochberg
Executive Director
New Business Member Profiles

Loretta creates floral designs for weddings and parties throughout the Northeast. She also specializes in organic container plantings and perennial garden borders, as a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP). Loretta has been a member of CT NOFA since 1990 and is a new business member.

Her volunteer efforts have centered around educating homeowners and landscape contractors about the importance of organic land care. While living in Riverside, CT Loretta was able to convert the Silo Hill Condominium property (22 acres) into organic care of the lawns and gardens.

Loretta's cousin, Dick Swank and his wife Bonnie own and operate Swank Farms in Hollister, California which includes 100 acres of organic farming, CCOF certified. Organic gardening/farming seem to run in the family. 

PurePoint Energy is dedicated to providing quality solar electric projects that make our clients' lives, our communities and our planet a better place. We pay attention to the details so that our clients are delighted with the experience today and the results for decades to come. We make it easy for people to feel great about helping the environment.

CT NOFA's Organic Advocate

bill duesingGoing Underground
By Bill Duesing

The more we understand about soil, the more important how we treat it becomes. 

New understanding and recent research point the way to more fertile soil, healthier crops and healthier people, as well as to a strategy to slow down climate change and adapt to the increasing deluges and droughts it brings. This knowledge may even help us produce better flavor in our crops - a more distinctive terroir or sense of place1. 
CT NOFA Agriculture and Organic Land Care Events


The 2014 Willie Nelson Birthday Bash

all proceeds benefiting CT NOFA

Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm

Arch Street Tavern

85 Arch Street

Hartford, CT


Saturday, May 10, 2014
Massaro Community Farm
Woodbridge, CT  
Free as a part of their Celebrate Spring event

Heirloom Vegetables
May 24 or 25
Ashford, CT
Tuesday, May 27
670 Walnut Hill Road
Thomaston, CT 06787

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Millstone Farm
Wilton, CT
1 pm-3 pm

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Community Farm of Simsbury/Gifts of Love

Simsbury, CT

Time TBA 


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 * Farmers Market * Entertainment
Saturday, July 19, 2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Winvian, Morris, CT

Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus
Columbia University, author and organic gardener
Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA

Have Fun, Learn, Return to Good Food Traditions or 203-308-2584

If you would like multiple copies of the current CT NOFA Farm & Food Guide to distribute at a Farm Stand, CSA, Farmers' Market or anywhere else, just call the office at 203-308-2584 or email Deb at


News, Announcements and Alerts

Interns wanted at CT NOFA.   
Sign up here.

Farmers Market 2014 dates are in and if we missed someone please contact us.  


CT growers and producers can become vendors at the Boston Public Market!  

See more information about the Market and becoming a vendor click here>.  


Connecticut Food System Alliance Coordinator Position available. Details here>   


Seedling sale and farm festival at Common Ground- May 17th from 10am-3pm. Details here>

How To Start A Food Business: A 4-Part Series

Details here> 


Food, Glorious Food: Eating with Intention and Compassion  Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2-5:30 pm 

Details here>


NOSB Upholds Phase Out of Antibiotics in Organic Production 

Details here>   


School Garden Network News 

Growing and Learning


Annie's Grants for Gardens 
Annie's offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. Since 2008, they have helped to fund more than 270 gardens, because they believe that gardens help connect kids to real food. 

The spring 2014 grant application is now open through June 2, 2014 at 5 PM PST. They also offer a fundraising option. See their webpage for more information.

Get the Buzz on Bees
Whole Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports better eating habits for kids, is in the process of developing a grant program that will bring beehives to school gardens in the future. Stay tuned for information on this great new program. If you are considering a hive for your school garden, read their Honey Bee FAQs for more information.

Grow Up! 
Think you don't have space for a garden at your school?  Think again!  There's always a way to fit in an edible classroom, and one solution is to grow vertically. Here are a few articles to get you thinking. offers some ideas on how to get started.  The Green Education Foundation has a more detailed article on some options, with basic instructions included.  The Green Building Council has a brief piece on Baltimore public schools and their efforts to install indoor vertical gardens, an idea put to great use by the Green Bronx Machine.  And for some creative ideas on growing in small spaces, see Inhabit's fun suggestions
Mass Ag in the Classroom Mass Ag in the Classroom Summer Graduate Course  

Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom's Summer Graduate Course for educators returns for an eighth year in the summer of 2014. MAC, collaborating with Fitchburg State College, will offer this three-credit graduate course, titled "Growing Agriculture in the Classroom," using Massachusetts farms as classrooms. Teachers will participate in agricultural-literacy training through fun, hands-on study and investigation of agriculture education resources. It will help enhance curriculum and assist with connections to the curriculum standard.  For more information, visit their webpage


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.


Debbie Semonich  


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Go Organic when you Shop!  


Sign up for a NOFA credit card through Capital One to support NOFA's important policy work to build a strong, regional organic food system. It's easy! Just shop for things you buy every day and NOFA gets a $50 donation upon first use and at least 1% of all purchases.



Linda Goldsmith
Gleanings Editor