n. 1. That which has been acquired by gleaning. 2. The monthly eNewsletter
of CT NOFA. [Glean:v. 1. to gather relevant information or material by patient
effort, bit by bit; to find out. 2. to gather grain or other produce (often:
left by reapers); to harvest.]
If you haven't been following our CT NOFA blog, then you missed the big announcement from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut when they announced they were awarding their Bronze Medal to our very own Bill Duesing!
|From the Executive Director|
CT NOFA held it's Organic Harvest Celebration and 29th Annual Meeting in New Haven on November 6.
There was beautiful produce at the farmers market, a delicious pot-luck lunch and the meeting.
|James Roby, Kim Stoner, Bill Duesing|
Outgoing board member, Kim Stoner spoke eloquently on "Carrying NOFA's Values into the Future" and was awarded a lifetime membership for 20 years of extraordinary service as a board member, including many years as vice president and eight years as chair of the Organic Land Care Program. Her wisdom and leadership have made a major difference in Connecticut and beyond.
|Bill Duesing, Deb Legge, James Roby|
Deb Legge, who is editor of this Gleanings, was honored as the "2010 Member of the Year for her commitment and willingness to engage others in the mission of CT NOFA. As a volunteer, member and office manager extraordinaire, she embodies the collaborative spirit of NOFA by fostering interest and nurturing growth."
I'm sure as readers of the newsletter that you have a sense of what a wonderful person Deb is. Thanks, Deb.
CT NOFA & NOFA Events & Announcements
NOFA Organic Land Care Annual Gathering (formerly Update Course)
December 7, 2010
UConn, Storrs, CT
Details and registration at organiclandcare.net
NOFA Accreditation Course
5-day course offered in CT, MA, RI
See website for dates and registration information
Getting Started in Organic Farming
January 29, 2011
New Haven, CT
CT NOFA Winter Conference
Growing Together Since 1982
March 5, 2011
We're still finalizing speakers and workshop topics. Please take a moment and complete this survey for your suggestions. Volunteers are always needed for this event and we are particularly seeking a coordinator for the raffle. Contact Teresa if you're interested.
NOFA/Mass Tri-State Bulk Order opens - January 1, 2011
Do you buy cover crop seed, fertilizers, mineral amendments, compost, potting soil, potato and allium seed? Would you like to save money on those items? If so, the NOFA bulk order might be perfect for you. Twice a year, spring & fall, NOFA/Mass organizes a bulk order with popular OG suppliers for distribution in CT.
The big spring order will be available to download on our website January 1, 2011, (paper copies are distributed for those without e-mail). You'll only have a month to get your order in, so start planning now! For more information contact Cathleen O'Keefe, Bulk Order Coordinator, (413) 584-6786, firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a stall to rent? Check out this and more on our Community Board.
Classifieds and Community Board notices are now maintained on our website. If you have a notice you'd like to add, send it along to the office.
|Featured Regional Organization|
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|Members in the News|
CT NOFA Board President James Roby spoke up for bats at a Washington, DC congressional briefing.
Yale Sustainable Food Project alum Nozlee Samadzadeh has a new column on the Atlantic about cooking on a budget with farmers' markets produce.
|Other Items of Interest|
Poultry Production Survey - a graduate student team at Yale University is working to assess the value of bringing a mobile poultry processing unit to Connecticut. They have created an anonymous survey for poultry farmers in the state: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7H2ZG87
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community
Development (JAFSCD) is now online.
Let us know what you think
of the expanded format. We'd like to add additional member profiles and other
news of interest. If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for
this newsletter, please send them along.