Gleanings eNewsletter
October 2010

GLEANINGS: 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.]

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In this issue:
From the ED
Community Board
New Business Members
Other Items of Interest
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  From the Executive Director

Organic methods of gardening and farming are important strategies for both mitigating and adapting to climate change. 


For over a year now, I've been participating on behalf of CT NOFA on the Agricultural Working Group on Climate Change along with representatives of government agencies and other grower organizations.  Other working groups looking at Natural Resources, Public Health and Infrastructure in this process that was mandated by the legislature.


Last year, our task was to assess the risks to various sectors of Connecticut's agriculture from climate change.  After a number of smaller group meetings we held an all-day stakeholder session at UConn including people involved in many different areas of agriculture in our state. 


The biggest challenges these stakeholders expect from climate change are from warming temperatures (affecting maple sap flow, cow health, fruit production, worker and pick your own heat stress and more) and changes in amount and timing of precipitation.  It is hard not to see these problems coming or intensifying after the last two growing seasons.

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CT NOFA & NOFA Events & Announcements

We now have a CT NOFA BLOG! Check it out for guest bloggers, timely announcements and more!

Also a reminder about the NOFA Credit Card, which will raise money for NOFA Interstate's important policy work.  NOFA gets $50 with each first use of a card and 2% of the value of gasoline and grocery purchases and 1% on other purchases.  There are three NOFA themed designs to choose from.  Please visit www.cardlabconnect.com/NOFA to apply for a card today.

Preserving the Harvest

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Common Ground, New Haven, CT

Cold Weather Crops

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Common Ground, New Haven, CT

Adapting in Place Conference

October 22 & 23, 2010
New Haven, CT

Presented by The Greater New Haven Bioregional/Transition Group and co-sponsored by CT NOFA

Community Farming Conference
Saturday, October 30, 2010
New Haven, CT

Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting
November 6, 2010
New Haven, CT

Interesting in vending? Give us a call at 203-888-5146 or email for details.

NOFA/Mass Advanced Growers' Fall Seminar

With Jerry Brunetti -- "Human Health and Soil Health" 

November 5 & 6, 2010

Barre, MA

NOFA Organic Land Care Annual Gathering (formerly Update Course)

December 7, 2010

UConn, Storrs, CT

Details and registration available soon 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
March 5, 2011
Manchester, CT

We're looking for suggestions for keynote speakers - if there's someone you'd like to hear, please let Teresa know.

Beginning Women Farmers Whole Farm Planning Course - We are accepting applications until October 15th. Details here or email us at the office.

CT NOFA Board Members Wanted - if you are interested in nominating someone (or yourself!) to join the Board of Directors, here's a
form to mail or email.

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Community Board

Got poultry? Check out the most recent notices 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.

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New Business Members

Roby fieldRobys Organic - Berlin, CT

We are a small, family run USDA certified organic farm right in the heart of the state, growing a variety of highly nutritious produce including garlic, fingerling potatoes, field-grown heirloom tomatoes, and all sorts of greens. We also grow a wide variety of herbs both medicinal and culinary. In the spring season we have plants for sale and we take orders for those starting in January. Email us for details.


The Roby family has owned the farm since 1903, and being part of Connecticut's farming future as well as its past is very important to us. Email: robysorganic@gmail.com Phone: 860-828-5548

Red Onion Gardens, LLC - Wethersfield, CT

Kinglet Gardens - Cos Cob, CT

Help support our business members!

If you'd like add logos, pictures or additional text to your listings, send them along to the office.
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Members in the News

Several of our members, including our very own Bill Duesing, were recipients of the 2010 Hummingbird Awards by the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm. More>

Patty Popp and Sport Hill Farm in this article about Fairfield county CSAs.

Deerfield Farm is mentioned in this September 20th blog entry by local Foodie Fatale Jocelyn Ruggiero

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Other Items of Interest

CT Dept of Agriculture 2011 Farm Map Application process time is here! Due October 15th - for farms with a retail operation that is open much of the time. Details and application.

Study Confirms Agriculture's Importance to Connecticut Economy

Learn more about Connecticut's Statewide Public Act 490 programs

USDA Publishes Organic Program Handbook

Cornell's Small Farms Program's USDA-funded Northeast Beginning Farmer Project - a survey on barriers faced by beginning farmers after start-up that will take about 20 minutes to complete.

Grist's recent series "Feeding the City"

Six ways to preserve apples

Some interesting calculators for home and landscape projects:

Tree Benefit Calculator 

National Green Values™ Calculator

Recyling Landscapes and Hardscapes Calculator

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Thanks to our Sponsors:

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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.

Many thanks,

CT NOFA | PO Box 164 | Stevenson | CT | 06491