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November 2008
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Upcoming CT NOFA Events

November 1, 2008 - Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market. Keynote speaker will be Claire Criscuolo, chef, writer, activist - "Good Food is Never Cheap, and Cheap Food is Never Good". Don't forget to clean up your bookshelves and donate any farming, gardening or related books for the book sale!

November 14, 2008 - Farmers' Market Listening Session.  Grassroots meeting of all Connecticut Market Masters, concerned farmers and consumers at Farmers' Markets. For details, visit our website.

November 20, 2008 - Organic Turf Management Workshop.  For municipal employees and school groundskeepers. To be held at the Jones Auditorium of the CT Agriculture Experiment Station, New Haven, CT.  8:00 to 4:30 pm.  For details and registration, go to the NOFA Organic Land Care site.

January 17, 2009
- Getting Started in Organic Farming, New Haven, CT.  Come and join the planning committee!  Looking for ideas and help with this event.

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2 and 3 (snow day), 2009 - NOFA Organic Land Care 5-day course, New Haven, CT. Go to for more information about this and the other 5-day courses being held in other states.

February 7, 2009 - Community Farming Conference, New Haven, CT


Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)

*Franklin County (MA) Cider Days - November 1 & 2, 2008. Check this out for more information.

*Quick, Raw and Delicious Vegan Treats - November 1, 2008 from 4pm to 4:30pm,  Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. Had enough of Halloween candy? This mini workshop will give you a flavor of how to make quick and healthy raw vegan treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Organized by Mary Lawrence.

Introduction to Business Planning Workshops
- four workshops around the state brought to you by the Connecticut Women's Agricultural Network.
Thursday, November 6 - Norwich
Tuesday, November 11 - North Haven
Thursday, November 13 - Torrington
All sessions are from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.  Go to the WAgN website for details and registration information.

Free Manure Management Workshops in Vermont and New Hampshire - The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. is offering free manure management workshops this fall. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 pm at Winchester Stables in Newfane, Vermont. Another workshop will be held at the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock on Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 pm. To download a free copy of their handbook and additional resources visit For more information, to find out about additional workshop dates, and to inquire about technical assistance, please contact Athena at 802.254.3636.

New England Greenhouse Conference & Expo - November 5-7, 2008, Worchester, MA. Click here for details.  Pesticide credits available.

ARTFARM's *Circus for a Fragile Planet* - performs November 7 & 8, 2008 in
Middletown, CT at the First United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church Street. Click here for details.

*Ripe for Revolution/The Organic Solution - Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 6:00 - 9:30 PM at theChelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY. Presented by The Organic Center and Rodale Institute.  For ticket information, click here.

*Sustainable Production & Supply of Biomass in NY - November 12 - 14, 2008.
Oswego BOCES - Mexico, NY. Visit their website for details.

*Sierra Legislative Training Day - Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Legislative Office Building at the Capital in Hartford. Everyone is invited to find out how the legislature works and how you can get involved. There is no charge. To find out more, go to their site.

*The New Haven Bioregional Group is sponsoring a "Community Think Tank"  - Sunday, November 16, 1-6 PM. This will explore ways that our community might supply its needs in an energy-changed future.  Ideas and thoughts you raise will be central to building community resilience in an uncertain future.  To learn more, click here.

*Young Farmers Conference - December 4 & 5, 2008 at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, NY. For more info and registration details, go to their website.

Alternative Greenhouse and High Tunnel Crops Workshop - Friday, December 12, 2008, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA.
Sponsored by: University of Massachusetts Extension Floriculture and Vegetable Programs, University of Connecticut Extension and Northeast SARE.   Includes CT NOFA member Dave Zemelsky of Starlight Gardens in Durham , CT, with "Salad Greens for High Tunnel Production". For registration and more details, check their website.

*2009 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show - February 24 to 26, 2009, Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge.  Check out their site for details.

Organic Farming Conference - February 26 -28, 2009, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Go to their website for ongoing details.

Community Board (*indicates new notice this month)

*Internship sought - seeking farms in CT or New England that take on volunteers/ interns in the Winter season.  I have a strong interest in learning more about sustainable/organic methods and am trying to get some experience. Contact Elliott at 617-359-7240, or at my email,

Positions Available:

*CT NOFA has two open positions
- to find out more, go to our website.

*Assistant Farm Manager - Holcomb Farm CSA, in West Granby, CT, is now hiring a year-round Assistant Farm Manager. Primary duties include harvest management and field crew supervision. A minimum of two seasons on a diversified vegetable farm is required. Supervisory experience strongly preferred. Compensation: $26,000/year, medical benefits, 5 weeks of paid vacation. For more information, contact Sam Hammer,, 860-653-5554.

*Assistant Farm Manager - Phillies Bridge Farm Project in Gardiner, NY is hiring an Assistant Farm Manager for the upcoming 2009 season.  The farm follows organic practices under the CSA model and is now entering its fifteenth season.  The Assistant will work with the Farm Manager in many aspects of running a six acre garden and caring for a small flock of sheep and laying hens. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who has completed a few farming internships and is looking for the next step.  Tractor and animal husbandry experience is a plus.  On-farm housing available.  Applications are being accepted now for a position beginning early January 2009.  Please send your resume, cover letter and three references to To learn more about the farm, visit their site.

NOFA-NJ is seeking a Vice-President of Technical Services - for a description of this position and application information, click here.

Organic CSA Farmer and Intern positions open - Thriving over ten years, Sophia Garden is in Suffolk County, Long Island, and operates on property shared with the Dominican Sisters of Amityville. We have three acres of land, with one and a half acres in cultivation.  Although we do not provide housing, we will assist the right person in finding suitable arrangements. You can visit us at or call Susan Salem, the garden manager at 631-842-6000 ext.333.

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.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Other Items of Interest

Sprout! blog entry about the On-Farm Workshop recently held at Bryan O'Hara's Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT.

Organic Grocery Deals - in case you don't have enough newsletters in your life!

The Cornucopia Institute - seeking economic justice for the family-scale farming community.

Midwest Farming news.


If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!

Deb Legge
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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