November 2009
Taste 2009
2009 Taste! ~ photo by John Mucci
CT NOFA eNewsletter
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut
Since 1982
Notes from the office
Applications for the Beginning Women Farmers & Whole Farm Planning are still being accepted until November 6, 2009. Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning.

The Annual Appeal letter will soon be sent to all members. We'd like to encourage everyone to help fund our outreach and education initiatives. Give a gift membership, encourage friends and neighbors to join CT NOFA, and forward our eNewsletter to any groups you may be involved in.

catsDue to several inquiries lately, the office cat brothers (Basil & Rue) agreed to interrupt their naps long enough to get a recent photo taken. They're starting to grow their winter coats and can generally be found underfoot or taking turns trying to get us all to stop working and pay attention to them.

In This Issue
Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap
Other Upcoming Events
Community Board
Supporter Thanks
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Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events

CT NOFA Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2009 ~ Join us for a market, potluck lunch, annual meeting and keynote speaker.  Bring a friend! We can always use extra hands to help setup the farmers' market, organize the potluck and stuff envelopes for the annual appeal mailing. Call the office or see Deb on Saturday morning.

Why Organic? - Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Claire's Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street, at College Street, New Haven, CT.  Meet Bill Duesing, past president and current executive director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut) as he reads from his book, Living on the Earth and discusses why organic food matters. Enjoy fall harvest desserts, organic coffees and local, organic cider.   Learn about the food you eat and how it affects the Earth we share, while you help to benefit CT NOFA.

NOFA Organic Land Care Update Course - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in Sturbridge, MA.

10th Annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care
January 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 2010 (Snow Date: Jan. 21), Newburyport, MA
January 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 2010 (Snow Date: Jan. 29),New Haven, CT
Feb. 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 2010 (Snow Date: Feb. 17), Elmsford, NY
Feb. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2010 (Snow Date: Feb. 27) Providence, RI

"Food From Farms For Families"
January 16, 2010, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

CT NOFA Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference - March 6, 2010.  Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. Details soon on the website.

From NOFA/Mass:
Thank you to all of those who participated in our first ever Tri-State Fall Bulk Order. We are preparing the spring order & can use your input. Are you willing to host a delivery site? Are there items you would like to see offered that have not been in the past? Do you have any suggestions of how we can make the bulk order more available & successful? Finalized information will be available on our website,, 1/1/10. Orders will close 1/31/10. For more, contact Cathleen O'Keefe, Bulk Order Coordinator,, (413)584-6786.

Recent CT NOFA & NOFA Events Recap

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        Brooke Redmond of the                                    Priya Morganstern of the
 Farm-Based Education Association                              Pro Bono Partnership
The Community Farming Conference on October 31st brought together people from community farms and other organizations from around the state. Legal issues, farm-based education programs, financial planning and network opportunities were enjoyed by all.  Additional links and resources will soon be posted on the new CT NOFA Community Farming webpage.

Photos above by Bill Duesing
Other Upcoming Events
There are just too many to list lately, so 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.
Community Board
Looking to rent/lease 1-2 acres of farmland in North Central CT. where I can grow chemical free vegetables.  Contact: Kim  860-688-6020.

Caretaker- Roxbury, CT estate, FT,  live-out.  Landscape Maint. / handyman work.  Organic lawn care knowledge/interest a plus. Fax 860-350-4182
In the News
One of the 2009 Glynwood Harvest Award winners was New Milford's Plow to Plate Program, founded by member Marydale DeBor. The award winners have been recognized for their innovation and contribution to sustainable, local food systems. Marydale will also be the keynote speaker at the CT NOFA Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting on Novemer 7th.

Leaf It Be - Bill Duesing and leaf wisdom.

Other Items of Interest
The Agricultural Justice Project would like to announce the opening of the first of two public comment periods in our 2009-2010 standards revision process. More>

Growing Green Awards - given to recognize extraordinary contributions that advance ecologically integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social responsibility from farm to fork. Nominate your favorite organic farmer!

FREE ATTRA webinar on "Getting Started in Farm Scale Biodiesel Production", Thursday, November 5, 2009 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST. Details>

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative survey - open until November 10, 2009.  More>

Backyard Harvest - a program of the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate.

Got Late Blight? Guidance for Gardeners Report Released by NOFA Vermont.

Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener Association article about management of soil organic matter. More>
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