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October 2007
25th Anniversary Year
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut since 1982

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November 3, 2007 Organic Harvest Celebration and Annual Meeting
Volunteers needed!  Come and 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.  The Celebration is being held at Jones Auditorium at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT.  Come and enoy a Farmers' Market, pot luck lunch, and Billie Best as this year's speaker.  For more information, check the CT NOFA website for details.  We also have postcards for this event; if you'd like some to distribute at your farmstand or event, please contact the office.  For vendor information, contact Chris at 203-787-0072 or email him.
Check out a slide show from the Taste! Organic Connecticut:  Thanks to Jon Roe for putting this together!

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!  More details will be posted here.
Organic Land Care 5-day Courses - become an Accredited Professional!  Check out the courses in Connecticut, Massachusetts and, new this year, Rhode Island.

Cultivating an Organic Connecticut - we're looking for workshop suggestions for next March's conference. Contact Leanne Davis here with ideas or to volunteer for a planning committee.

Other Upcoming Events 

"The Market for Organic Food in China" - Zejiang Zhou, Senior Advisor at the Organic Food Development Center of China, will speak at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on Wednesday, October 3 at 4 pm in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street. For more information, please contact Tim DeCerbo, at 203.436.4421 or

Alice Waters - upcoming talk, "The Ethics of Eating," at 3:30pm on Sunday, October 7th,
is free and open to all.  There are no tickets, no reservations, and no need to RSVP. 
Ms. Waters will speak at Battell Chapel, 400 College Street (enter on Elm Street near
College), New Haven, CT at 3:30 pm.  The doors to Battell Chapel will open at 3:00pm.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound annual meeting - Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plain Rd.
Environmentalist and author of several books including "The End of Nature," Bill McKibben will be the keynote speaker. McKibben is also the founder of Step It Up 2007 - a citizen's movement to fight climate change (

Working Lands Alliance Annual Meeting and Luncheon - November 7th.  A chance to show state legislators the best in fresh, CT-grown local food.  If you'd like to feature a dish or local products, contact Jiff Martin at 860-683-4230 or email her.  Visit their website for additional details.

Greenhouse Tomato Conference - November 13th in Sturbridge, Mass.  For details and registration information, go here.

Fall Organic Beekeeping - November 9 & 10, Pfieffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY.  For more information, visit their website.

October Global Warming Events:
October 4th- National Conversation on Climate Action
What: This Thursday, October 4th a number of Connecticut communities will be hosting local conversations on climate action.
Where: Discussions and film showings are scheduled in Bloomfield, Essex, Fairfield, Hartford, Madison, Mansfield, Milford, New Haven, Old Saybrook, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Stamford, West Hartford, Weston, Westport.
You can find times and locations for an event near you here.
National Solar Homes Tour - Saturday, October 6th, 10 to 4. Visit here  for more information and for a map of sites you can visit.
Confronting Climate Change in the US Northeast:  Science, Impacts, and Solutions
Tuesday October 9, 2007 7:00pm at DEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  Directions can be found here.  Gary Yohe, Economics Professor at Wesleyan University and IPCC contributor, and Nancy Cole of the Union Concerned Scientists will present the recently released findings of the  Climate Impacts Assessment. Connecticut's climate is changing. Over the next 50 - 100 years, we can expect significant climate change impacts on Connecticut's coastal communities, forests, fisheries, agriculture, human health, and winter recreation.  This is a great opportunity to get the word out on how our emissions choices today will impact our state over the next 50 - 100 years.
A Sacred Trust Forum - sponsored by the Interreligous Eco-Justice Network. Tuesday, October 16, from 4:00- 7:00 pm at  St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT.  The keynote address by Rev. Sally Bingham, of California, a national faith leader on global warming who will speak on "Global Climate Change and the Faith Imperative." 
Bingham is founder and president of The Regeneration Project, a non-profit ministry
dedicated to deepening the connection between ecology and faith.  The main focus of TRP
is the Interfaith Power and Light Campaign, which is mobilizing an interfaith religious
response to global warming in congregations through the promotion of renewable energy,
energy efficiency, and conservation.  Also workshops on Socially Responsible Investing, Organic landcare, toxic chemicals, and more.  For more information, visit
Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference
November 5-6, 2007 at the Henry A Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the
FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY.  This year's conference will focus
on increasing agricultural producer and agri-business access to consumer markets. For more information and registration, click

Community Board
Organic Chocolate Milk! Friends of Town Farm Dairy is pleased to announce the first production run of farm-fresh 100% organic chocolate milk, available now at the retail store on the farm. Not all organic dairies produce 100% organic chocolate milk.  The milk itself may be organic, but the sugar and cocoa may not be.  Town Farm Dairy can proudly claim that ALL ingredients are organic, thereby guaranteeing that the final product is truly 100% organic. This is the very first production run of Town Farm Dairy's secret recipe chocolate milk since the dairy resumed operations in June of this year.  The price is $5.00 per half gallon (plus $2.00 glass bottle deposit).Visit the farm store while supplies last!  Located at 73 Wolcott Road in Simsbury, across from the Simsbury airport.  Store hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  10:00am-12:00 noon and 4:30pm-6:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday:  10:00am - 12:00 noon, Saturday:  9:00am - 12:00 noon.
Looking for a spin composter: From Janlyn: I'm trying to locate a vendor and a product that was part of Earth Day's celebration this past spring.  Someone somewhere in CT was offering a small spin composter for a very reasonable amount......$25.00.  I'd love to find that vendor and make him/her happy by purchasing a composter.  Can you help? Thanks. or 860-537-0348

Farmers' Market/Health Department issues - There will be a meeting in the office of Edith Prague, our district Senator, on October 23 at 10 A.M. in room 383 at the Capital Building. Heads of the Agriculture and Health departments are invited. Prior to the meeting anyone who would like to be on a steering comittee, or speak at that meeting please call Robert Burns at(860)536-6407, or email prior to the 23rd.

Apprentice wanted for winter months - call Robert Burns at (860)536-6407, or email at

Looking for a farmer! - Unique rental opportunity beginning 2008 growing season leading to possible long-term secure lease or ownership for small-scale horticulture operation in Southeastern Massachusetts.  Includes approximately five acres of good, to-be-protected cropland, additional land, furnished farmhouse and utilities.  For additional information or to schedule a visit to the property, please contact Kathy Ruhf at or 413-323-9878.

Farming Opportunity: Peacework Farm is looking for an experienced vegetable grower (or couple) interested in joining our partnership.  We are 3 aging partners growing certified organic vegetables and herbs for a well established (19 years!) CSA based in Rochester, New York.  The farm is located in very rural Wayne County near the village of Newark; 50 minutes drive east of Rochester.   Please contact Ammie Chickering and Greg Palmer at 315-365-3439 or Elizabeth Henderson,, 315-331-9029, for more information.  To learn more about our CSA, see

Farm Manager: Pennypack Farm in Horsham, PA is seeking a permanent, year-round farm manager.  For details, check here.
Farm for rent or sale - Hedgehog Farm in West Simsbury, CT.  5+ acres, organic gardens: for more information, check here.

Check out CT NOFA's Wayne Hansen and Willimantic Coop on Youtube!

NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange
A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.
Connecticut News
Plant a Row for the Hungry - The Connecticut Food Bank is looking for farmers and gardeners to help feed the hungry. You can help plant fruit and vegetables in their gardens as part of the "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program. The Connecticut Food Bank is offering free packets of vegetables seeds, donated by Seeds for Change, to help get you started.
Simply send a self-addressed, stamped (first-class)  envelope to:
Connecticut Food Bank c/o Plant A Row
P.O. Box 8686
New Haven, CT, 06531

For more information, log onto  

Lawn Care Article in Greenwich Time - features NOFA accredited professionals.

Buy CT Grown - a project of CitySeed, sign up here for their newsletter and check out their new website.
Other items of interest
In these Times news article about urban farming - to see the article, click here.
Grow-Off Show-Off contest
- Kitchen Gardeners International and Mother Earth News are co-sponsoring the Grow-Off Show-Off contest with over a $1000 in prizes available and lots of publicity guaranteed for the winners.  Individuals or groups (schools, community gardens, etc.) may enter.  Deadline for entries is November 1st. For more information, check out their site.

Photo Contest - New American Farm Photo Contest.  Four grand-prize winners to attend the National Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) conference for free!  To learn more, go here.

SARE's New Voices Contest - Seeking Innovative Vision for Sustainable Agriculture. Go here to learn more.

Farm Bill - for more information on the upcoming Farm Bill, check out this site.
If you have any stories, articles or suggestions for this  newsletter, please let us know!
Deb Legge
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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