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CT NOFA eNewsletter
November 2007
 
CT NOFA
25th Anniversary Year
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut since 1982

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Upcoming CT NOFA Events & News
 

November 3, 2007 Organic Harvest Celebration and Annual Meeting

2006 annual meeting photoLast reminder!  We could still use some volunteers to help set up the vendor and information tables, assist the great potluck lunch crew, or join in the clean up afterwards.  Call the office at 203-888-5146  or email Deb if you can help. 
 
 
 

 

 

Vendors this year include: Country Corners Farm, Aiki Farm, Northfordy Farm,Wayne's Organic Garden, Roby's Organic, Three Sisters Farm, On the Rocks Farm, High Hill Orchard, Guy's Eco-garden, Winterbrook Farm, Mary Lawrence (vegan chef), Sue McIntosh (books), Snootyfood & Sweet Sage Bakery.

The Celebration is being held at Jones Auditorium at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT.   For more information, check the CT NOFA website for details. 

Organic Land Care Program Update Course - December 11, 2007 at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.  This could be your last chance to get the required credits to stay current if you are an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional!  Check here for details and registration.
 
Organic Land Care 5-day Courses - become an Accredited Professional!  Check out the courses in Connecticut, Massachusetts and, new this year, Rhode Island.

Save the dates for these upcoming conferences next year:
Community Farming Conference, February 9, 2008 in New Haven, CT
Getting Started in Organice Farming, February 16, 2008 in New Haven, CT
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference, March 8, 2008 in Windsor, CT.  We're still looking for workshop suggestions for next March's conference. Contact Leanne Davis here with ideas or to volunteer for a planning committee.
Keep an eye on our website for upcoming details.
 
Other Upcoming Events 

 
Working Lands Alliance 7th Annual Meeting - November 7, 2007, 12-1:45pm in Hartford, CT.  The keynote speaker will be Paul Bucciaglia of Fort Hill Farm and will feature a locally grown luncheon.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Jiff Martin at 860-683-4230 or by email.
 
The Friends of Town Farm Dairy Benefit Night -  at the Flatbread Company at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT on Tuesday, November 13th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  The evening's proceeds will help to pay for organic hay and grain that will keep the herd of 43 organic Jersey cows adequately fed during the fall and winter.  Visit their site for more information.
 
Connecticut Farm Landscape: Open Space and Historic Buildings - sponsored by the Litchfield Historical Society and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the Litchfield Community Center in Litchfield, CT. For more information, go to their website.
 
Sustainability Fair at Quinebaug Valley Community College - in Danielson, CT  on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th of November. They are looking for local businesses, organizations, farmers and craftspeople who support the idea of sustainability as it relates to the environment and the local community.  Contact Kelsey Evans by email for more information.
 
"Growing and Marketing Greener - For Greenhouse Growers and Garden Retailers" - to be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel on Dec 14, 2007 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA.  For more details, visit their site.

New England Grows Conference & Exposition - Wednesday, February 6 through Friday, February 8, 2008 in Boston, MA.  For registration and other details, click here.

 CT Women's Ag Network meeting - on November 8th at Jones Auditorium at the Ag Experiment Station in New Haven.  The topic for the meeting is "Getting the Job Done: Finding Extra Hands for the Growing Ag Business". It will be held from 9am to 2pm and is open to all. Walk ins are welcome for a $20 registration fee.  For more information, contact Jaime Lizee Smith at 860.713.2559 or by email.
 

Community Board
 

 

Job posting at Common Ground High School in New Haven, CT - Assistant Director for Development and Constituency Building sought.  Common Ground is an environmental education center, urban farm and public charter high school operated by the New Haven Ecology Project.  For more more information, contact Oliver Barton, 358 Springside Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515, by email,  phone 203-389-0823, x203 or visit their website.
 
New Haven Restaurant seeking local growers - contact John Ginnetti at 203-506-9423.
 
Organic Farmer Wanted - For Rent-Productive Farm, Large Barn, House, in the Finger Lake, NY area.  One bedroom house for rent, available October 15th, 2007. Rent $685 month/net (tenant pays all utilities).  Large barn, small barn, machinary shed; rent any or all at $2.11 sq ft/year/net.  Productive agricultural land, 70+ acres adjoin the barn, rent at $55.35 acre/year. Excellent location for Market Garden Sales, Wine area, perfect for farm stand.  On New York State Rt. 414, Main Road from Corning to Watkins Glen, at Schuyler County Rt. 18. Only organic proposals considered. Rent all or part. Non smokers only. Call owner at 718.834.1010 ( 8 am to 8 pm ). If busy, please call 917.602.1010

Fruit & vegetable scraps for compost: I am looking for someone in CT who would want to take out scraps of fruit and vegetables to use in their compost.  There would probably be 3 garbage bags a day and we are located in Greenwich, CT.  Please email
Jennifer for more information.

Goats Seeking Shelter: Three Female Goats - one adult and two yearlings - need a good home with a  small pasture and shelter where they can board  in southeastern  Connecticut.
Very friendly and well-behaved. $100 per month. Please call  203-938-3952.

Milk Sample Testing - The Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford CT is  applying to increase its Unit 3 electrical output by 7 per cent. If allowed,  this will also mean a 7 per cent increase in routine radiation releases to the  air and water, including strontium-90. If you milk dairy cows or goats, please  contact us to participate in a free program to test samples for radiation  levels. Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone. Contact Nancy Burton, Tel.  203-938-3952
 

Advertising Sales Representative Needed for People, Places & Plants Magazine - part time, work from home, print sales rep to sell advertising for our publication.
Requirements: Qualified Magazine Advertising Sales Rep can live anywhere in New England but must be willing to travel to our home office in the Portland Maine area for monthly meetings. You need to be familiar with magazine advertising sales, telemarketing and a knowledge of gardening would be helpful but not necessary.
For details contact: Anita Dafonte via email
or visit www.ppplants.com to see the entire notice.

NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange

A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to http://www.nofa.org/exchange/index.phpto see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.
 
Connecticut News
 

Farm Financing in Connecticut

Are you thinking about getting financing for your farm? Have you obtained financing the past? Have you been denied financing? If you answer yes to any of these questions you can help The Carrot Project better understand - and meet -- the financing needs of Connecticut farmers by participating in an on-line survey.

 

The Carrot Project is working to make loans and guarantees available to small and midsized farms and exploring equity solutions. Your response to the survey  will help us address financing gaps for beginning farmers, farmers transitioning to more ecologically friendly practices, farmers looking to expand their businesses, and farmers working to maintain the viability of their farms. Check it out at www.thecarrotproject.org and click on "Farmer Survey."

 

If you have any questions or would like to receive a hard copy of the survey, please contact Dorothy Suput at dsuput@thecarrotproject.org or 617-666-9637x2. We look forward to hearing from you.

 
Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland - Ever heard of EQIP, WHIP, or AMA?  No, it's not alphabet madness!  These are important Federal environmental improvement programs available to farmers and landowners.  EQIP's deadline is 11/2.  WHIP and AMA applications also due in November. For more program info, go here.
 
CT Department of Agriculture: Agriculture Viability Grants - accepting applications for their Farm Transition Program and the Farm Viability Program.  For more information, go to their website for details.
 
Other Items of Interest
 
The Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grants - grants for farmers, rural development organizations and agricultural service providers.  For details, deadlines and applications, go to their website.
 
GMO's and Organic Farmers: To try to meet the need for legal information, Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) has written a new article, If Your Farm Is Organic, Must It Be GMO Free? Organic Farmers, Genetically Modified Organisms, and the Law.  Download a free copy of the 40-page article by visiting FLAG's website.
 
Adding Green Energy to Your Greenhouse Operation
- A new webpage developed by the University of Massachusetts offers links and information regarding the process of adding green energy to your greenhouse operation.
 
King Corn Documentary - a documentary about the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.  Check our more here.
 
A New York Times Article on organic eating.  A short article, with a great many comments following.
 
Agriculture/Organic related newsletters:
Northeast States Association For Agricultural Stewardship (NSAAS) and Organic News Today
 
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Deb Legge
CT NOFA
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
CT NOFA | PO Box 164 | Stevenson | CT | 06491
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