May 2016 Gleanings
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Got Lawn? Go Organic!
Use the NEW NOFA SEARCH TOOL & Find an Organic Land Care Professional Near You!

Join CT NOFA
Join our new Golden Carrot Club and Garden Club Club! See our feature article in this newsletter to learn more.

Join, renew, or donate online today! Join our community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, educators, chefs and consumers committed to growing Connecticut organically. 

Click here to learn more about CT NOFA memberships.

Your generous donations fund our work growing an organic Connecticut through education, outreach, advocacy and events. Thank you.

Greetings!  

Knowing that this is the busy season for farmers and gardeners, we have listed some highlights of all the great things happening in Connecticut and reasons to celebrate, including ...

Victory for Our Pollinators!
The CT General Assembly just passed a Pollinator bill restricting the use of neonicotinoids. CTNOFA  heavily advocated for the passage of this bill and are thrilled to see that our testimony and your support helped pass this piece of legislation. Thank you for your support!

More Reasons To Be Cheerful
  • Gentle spring rains have soaked into the soil and are replenishing the ground water.
  • Farmers' markets and farm stands are opening across the state.
  • The CT NOFA Guide to CSAs is now updated! Chefs are partnering with farms to host CSA picks up at their restaurants. Support your local farms ~ sign up for a CSA to enjoy a weekly farm delivery in your town.
  • CT NOFA staff visited the beautiful, 160-acre Waldingfield Farm in Washington and toured it with owner and CTNOFA board member Patrick Horan.  We discussed the successes and challenges of larger-scale Certified Organic farms and how CTNOFA can help ensure the growth and viability of organic agriculture. View our photo album on Facebook. 
    Patrick Horan of Waldingfield Farm gives Jeb and the crew the thumbs up as they transplant bok choi.
  • A restaurateur just bought Urban Oaks farm! Congratulations to Al Gamble from b Restaurants on buying the farm. 
  • Our first on-farm carbon farming talk took place last Thursday at The Hickories at an event co-sponsored by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau. More than 40 guests toured the farm with Dina Brewster to learn about carbon farming, then attended Jeff Cordulack's talk. Visit our Facebook page for highlights of this special event.
     
    Jeff Cordulack of CTNOFA and Dina Brewster of The Hickories
  • CTNOFA staff handed out hundreds of Farm & Food Guides to guests at Sikorsky Earth Day events and Two Roads Brewing's Garden Party featuring a mini market with CTNOFA farmers.
  • We have our first $1,000 Golden Carrot Club member, a new membership offering for our biggest fans and supporters that includes a basket of organic goodies we source and curate from our farm and business members. (see more below).
  • To better serve garden clubs, we are offering membership to our newly formed Garden Club Club.  This includes all the benefits of a business membership plus an annual talk by a CTNOFA staff member and access to CT NOFA bulk orders - a collective buying program for organic farm, garden, and lawn care products. (learn more about this new membership level below)
So, that is the short story and we hope the season gets off to a great start for you and your family. We thank you for your membership and look forward to seeing you at an event near you soon.

Nothing scheduled nearby? Let us know if you want to collaborate with CT NOFA and we will aim to bring a great, organic themed event to a town near you.

Sincerely,

Jeff Cordulack,
Executive Director, CT NOFA
jeff@ctnofa.org | 203-613-8813

Our Spring Online Auction Fundraiser Is Live!

CT NOFA is taking to the internet to raise funds for organics!

Our Spring Online Auction is NOW LIVE and loaded with wonderful items and unique experiences donated by farms, restaurants, board directors, and other generous CTNOFA members.

Featured here is Homefront Farmers' garden installation! Bidding starts at $750 for this $2,975 value.  
Put a little farming in your life with a beautifully crafted 8x14 organic garden complete with fencing, raised beds, nutrient rich soil, and pea gravel aisles. Your new garden is designed for beauty and efficiency as well as for resistance to deer, woodchucks, rabbits and other pests.  The winner of this item may also exchange it for a $2,975 credit toward an upgrade to a larger garden and/or one with additional, premium features. 
Here's a quick run down of our auction items. Thank you to our generous donors and supporters.
  • American Honey Tasting Society: Honey Tasting Workshop for 2
  • 4 Tickets to Bishop's Shoreline Wine Festival (Guilford)
  • Private Dinner Party with Chef John Turenne
  • Cooking Class for 4 at Sugar & Olives
  • 2 Tickets to June 11 Harbor Harvest Grilling Event in Norwalk and a Gift Basket
  • Poor Girls Pottery
  • $100 Gift Certificate to New Morning Market in Woodbury
  • Patagonia Sweater
  • $100 Gift Certificate towards any in-store purchase at Aitoro in Norwalk
  • Westport Farmers' Market "Friend of the Market" Bag and The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Homegrown Recipes from the Nutmeg State
  • Bottle of Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • 1 case of Waldingfield Farm heirloom pasta sauce
  • Bar Taco - dinner for 4
  • Barcelona - dinner for 4
  • Barcelona Paella Kit
  • 2 - $100 gift certificates for butchery classes at Fleisher's Craft Butchery
  • Walk & Talk: Intro to Organic Gardening with Jeff Cordulack
  • $75 Gift Card to Wheeler's Restaurant in Woodbridge
  • $25 Gift Card to Fairfield Cheese Company
  • $25 Gift Card to 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield
  • Oui Charcuterie's Large Salami Mixed Box- Sweet, Medium and Hot
  • $100 Gift Card to L'Oricio Restaurant in New Haven

CT Passes Pollinator Bill  Passes Unanimously

An Act Concerning Pollinator Health is a modest, but important, first step in controlling the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture in CT. This bill passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate, so please thank all your state legislators for being leaders in pollinator health. Thank you to all the advocates who helped send this historic legislation to Governor Malloy's desk for final approval.

This bill limits the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that are harming pollinating insects, especially bees, and also encourage pollinator habitat. It requires state agencies to:
  • develop best practices to limit the damage done by planting corn seed coated with neonicotinoids,
  • create a Pollinator Advisory Committee,
  • label neonicotinoids as restricted use (meaning that only licensed pesticide applicators could use them),
  • prohibit their use when plants bear blossoms,
  • develop a Citizens Guide to model pollinator habitat and
  • encourage pollinator habitat along highways and on farms.

Learn more here. 

CTNOFA Now Offers Premier Memberships 

We are pleased to offer our new, premier memberships to provide outstanding benefits to individuals and garden clubs who are dedicated to supporting our work growing Connecticut organically. 

The Golden Carrot Club

For the organic fan who wants the best of the best from Connecticut farms. Join CT NOFA's premier club to enjoy all the benefits of a family membership plus:
1) An 'Organic Taste of CT' thank you basket filled with farmstead foods
2) 2 tickets to the Winter Conference, our premier annual educational event held in March
3) 2-for-1 registration for select CT NOFA events (look for the golden carrot)
4) Acknowledgment on our Golden Carrot Club web page (optional)
 
Membership Dues: $1,000 per year. Click here to join the CTNOFA community. 
 
The Garden Club Club

For garden clubs who are committed to protecting pollinators, promoting organics, and cleaning up Long Island Sound. This special recognition is open to all Garden Clubs and includes all the benefits of a business membership plus:
1) An annual presentation by a CT NOFA speaker for your club membership
2) Access to CT NOFA bulk orders for all your members
3) Recognition on the Garden Club Club web page
 
Membership Dues: $500 per year. Click here to join the CTNOFA community.
 

CTNOFA Events 

May 29 (11am-3pm): In The Spirit of The Sun ~
A Day of Truce with Ed Begl
ey, Jr.

  Celebrate the sun with Actor & Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr when he advocates for GMO labeling, solar energy, urban victory gardens, and the organic farmers blossoming across America. Guest speakers will include Bill Duesing and Jeff Cordulack from CT NOFA.

Enjoy a wonderful
meal to be prepared by Chef Jamie from the Stonington Water Street Café and music by the infamous The Root Farmers who will be accompanied by Lovely Previn, fiddler daughter of André Previn. Proceeds will benefit CTNOFA and other fine organizations selected by farm owner Bob Burns.

Aiki Farms, 769 Shewville Road, Ledyard, CT. $30/adults, $10 youth, 9 yrs. and under free. Reserve tickets with farm owner, Bob Burns: aiki.ledyard@gmail.com / 501-786-3723 / 860-536-6407.
 
June 2 (12 noon): Mill Street Bar & Table Kicks off Lunch Speaker Series with CTNOFA's Jeff Cordulack 
  
Each month Mill Street Bar & Table will present a lunch event featuring a 3-course seasonal meal and a special guest speaker. Join us to kick-off this exciting series on June 2nd for a "Celebrating the Soil Lunch" where Jeff Cordulack will present "Feeding the World While Capturing Carbon --And How It Affects Our Food System."
$58 pp. Space is limited. Reservations available by calling 203-818-3323. Mill Street Bar & Table, 230 Mill St, Greenwich, CT 06830.
   
June 11 (2-5pm): Grilling & Celebrating with Local Artisan Foods and Drinks

Explore artisan foods and craft beers from around Connecticut while learning from the masters at Harbor Harvest when they share proper techniques for smoking and grilling your locally-sourced, pastured meats. Tickets to benefit CT NOFA and are available through Harbor Harvest.
Harbor Harvest, 7 Cove Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Reserve tickets with Harbor Harvest: 203-939-9289.

August 12-14: NOFA Summer Conference 2016: Cultivating the Grassroots Organic Movement

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will hold its 42nd annual Summer Conference on August 12-14, 2016 in Amherst, Massachusetts. The event features three days of organic immersion, with 200 workshops to empower, educate, build skills and confidence. Over 1,000 curious learners, growers, and experienced practitioners gather for inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

Click here to learn more, purchase tickets online, and download a registration form (pdf) to mail in. 

 

NOFA OLC Announces Maine Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

August 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2016 - SPLIT WEEKS
This 30-hour, 4-day course is for land care professionals and environmental educators and offers a well-rounded curriculum that covers organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance. Each attendee who passes the accreditation exam with a 70% or higher will earn the professional credential and distinction, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP).Held at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Community Board
CTNOFA's Community Board is a member benefit allowing you to post your classified ads and other announcements (jobs, equipment, land for sale). 

Business Member Profiles  
 
Cold Spring Farm
Farm Stand: 46 Town Road, Colchester, 06415 (GPS address) 
Farmer Jessica Stone
860-316-8368
http://www.coldspringfarmct.com/
CTNOFA Farmer's Pledge  
  
Cold Spring Farm is a 300-acre, full diet, year-round farm that grows beyond organic fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and hay; keeps bees; raises cows, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys and peacocks (for protection and feathers for their arrangements); and is home to the Common Ground CSA. Eighty five perfect of their produce is heirloom and heritage livestock breeds include Red Devon and Hereford cows, all pasture raised with hay grown at the farm; Berkshire and Tamworth cross pigs; and Oberhasli Nubian cross, French Alpine Nubian cross, and Nubian goats.

Farmer Jessica Stone has been farming for over 20 years, has a sustainable agriculture degree, and is passionate about farming beyond certified organic standards. She uses only natural materials from the planet and puts them back in the soil. Everything is made from nature and she keeps bees to have a full circle system.

Pick up your produce, herbs, flowers, fruit, and eggs at the farm stand which
is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk from May through June at 46 Town Road (GPS address). Common Ground CSA pick ups at the farm (separate address) begin on May 31 and registration for the summer and winter produce shares is still open. Once you become a produce CSA member, shares of pork, beef, turkey, chicken, eggs and dairy shares are also available for purchase to enable you to eat a full diet, year-round from the farm. Partnering farms provide add ons including honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, and baked goods.

Cold Spring Farm is a vendor at the East Haddam Farmers' Market, Colchester Farmers' Market, Growton Farmers' Market, Clinton Farmers' Market, New London Farmers' Market, and the Ivoryton Village Farmers' Market. Cold Spring Farm's farm fresh products can be ordered online for delivery to your doorstep via CT Farm Fresh Express www.ctfarmfreshstore.com.

The farm is host to special events including farm dinners, classes, kids programs, farm to school programs, after school programs, birthdays and weddings, and holiday events. The farm's own flowers are available for weddings.

To best appreciate how passionate Jessica is about farming, please read this excerpt from Why We Grow With Nature on the farm's website: Working with Nature means we are channeling the abundance of natural resources Nature already provides to grow life.  It means that everything Nature creates is useful to us.  Leaves, rainfall, sunlight, wind, trees, and so on.  It means we are using what Nature provides to build our soil health and grow our food. On a microbiological level, we are feeding an active soil teeming with life that provides the nutrients our plants need to produce the 'fruit,' which is a byproduct of our true wealth---- the soil.  

Devore Associates 
2557 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-8950 
diane@devoreassoc.com 
http://www.devoreassoc.com/

Devore Associates_ A Sustainable Homestead
Devore Associates is a landscape architectural firm whose objective is to provide clients with innovative, high quality design. They are committed to personal service, collaborative solutions, and design excellence. Their six member team serves architects, private clients, corporations, and institutions and offer a full range of professional services including master planning, conceptual site design, plant design, budget estimates, construction documentation, and construction observation and review.

Diane Devore is a registered Landscape Architect and principal of Devore Associates, which she founded in 1991. Devore Associates was selected as the award recipient for residential design by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2012 and their work has been published in House and Garden, Architectural Digest and several books including The New American Swimming Pool, Leading Landscape Professionals, and Private Paradise.
 
Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
775 Bloomfield Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095-2322860-768-1100
FAX: 860-768-1108
info@cfba.org
Farm Bureau is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to farming and the future of Connecticut agriculture. Farm Bureau advocates and educates on issues that keep farm families producing by focusing on economic viability, land use, labor, taxation and the protection of farmland. Farm Bureau's work is vital to providing safe, locally grown, farm-fresh products and a high quality of life for all Connecticut residents.

The Mission of the Connecticut Farm Bureau is to elevate the stature of agriculture in our state. Through education, market promotion and legislative advocacy, we strive to increase farm income and to improve the quality of life not only for Connecticut farmers, but also for their consumers.
 
Farm Bureau's greatest strength is the many members that give time to make their community a better place to live, raise their families, and provide food, fiber and plants to their neighbors. Farm Bureau provides the opportunity for members to gather at the county level, discuss concerns, and develop ways to address challenges facing the industry.

Farm Bureau members are also involved in leadership development programs such as the CFBA Young Farmer Committee, CFBA Women's Leadership Committee and production advisory committees. Farm Bureau programs are designed to develop volunteer leadership skills, promote agriculture and provide information to members and the public. Click here to become a member:
Take NOFA's Carbon Practices Survey  
 
NOFA/MASS is compiling a database about the growing practices of anyone who manages land -- farmers, gardeners, homeowners, professionals, etc. -- in the northeast.

Answer our nine questions about your practices, learning interests, and willingness to be
part of research trials measuring carbon building results.

In the News 

3 Fairfield County Restaurants to Host Simpaug Farms CSA 
 
Elm Restaurant, New Canaan; Bailey's Backyard, Ridgefield; and Bar Sugo, Norwalk will host summer and fall CSA share pick ups for Simpaug Farms. Shares include an assortment of 5-12 varieties of vegetables, with accompanying herbs, berries, and occasional preserved items from the farm kitchen. Members receive a weekly newsletter with farm updates, recipes, and features from our partnering chefs. Additional farm products may be ordered online and included in the delivery. Half shares available. Register at simpaugfarms.com

There was standing room only at a GMO labeling session at the annual Vermont Retailers and Grocers Convention and Expo Saturday in preparation for the law taking effect in July. 
 
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