October 2014
Happy National Kale Day!
October 1st

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In This Issue
CT NOFA's Organic Advocate
News, Announcements and Alerts
New Business Members
School Gardens
OLC Program Updates
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From the Director

Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy People


CT NOFA Friends,


The 2014 growing season may be winding down, but every year more Connecticut Grown food is available every season of the year. Extending the seasons, greenhouse growing, low tunnels, high tunnels and Winter Farmers Markets have resulted in increased agricultural activity throughout the year.

CT NOFA is proud to introduce to you our new initiative, Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy People, an educational marketing campaign that provides information for you to use in your social media, websites, newsletters and other communications.

In Connecticut Healthy Food is available everywhere. Connecticut has over 3,800 crop farms and 1,500 livestock farms producing virtually all the types of foods it's recommended we eat. And Connecticut Grown foods can be found right at the farms, in retail stores and at farmers markets.

Our new Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy People webpage features all in one place comprehensive information from trusted sources on healthy eating and where and how to source virtually all one should be eating from Connecticut producers, including info for SNAP and FMNP benefits recipients. Click here to see the page. 

We want you - all of you -- to help us spread this information far and wide. Whether you're an eater, one of our partner organizations, a farm or other business, please use this information and let us know you're using it.

Please feel free to use the logo below on your website, newsletters, blog, Facebook and Twitter to link to our new webpage. In pointing people to the page feel free to tell them you're directing them to "Everything you need to know about finding locally grown food and keeping healthy!"

How to save logo: PC users can right click on the logo, select the "save as" option. Mac users press and hold the Control (Ctrl) key while you click the mouse button and select the "save as" options. 

This project was funded in part by matching funds from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture through the Community Investment Act, 05-228. Thank you Connecticut Department of Agriculture!


Thank you for being part of the CT NOFA family and for your support of local and organic food, farming, gardening and land care,



Eileen Hochberg
Executive Director
Organic Advocate
Climate Change and Organic Agriculture
by William Duesing

Many of us participated in the inspiring People's Climate March on 9/21/2014 in New York City. Marchers represented a wide variety of religious, educational, environmental, energy, social justice, peace, health, labor, cultural and other organizations. Though they all had their own agendas for solving problems and
making the world a better place, they agreed that climate change is very serious and needs to be addressed.

CT NOFA was a partner in the March. That day, I saw many CT NOFA members, including former board members and folks from many of our partner organizations. Many more NOFA colleagues were among the 400,000 participants in this resounding call for action on climate change.

Read the full blog post HERE
Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Marriott Hartford Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
Bill Duesing, a featured speaker 

Saturday, October 18th (rain date 10/19)
Wallingford, CT

Join us for a tour of CT NOFA office manager, Deb Legge's hidden suburban homestead on October 18th from 11am-1pm. Deb has a unique and charming homestead in Wallingford which all neighbors and visitors admire. She lives in an old farmhouse on .25 acres of land, and she has craftily utilized her space to create a mini-farm with chickens, a greenhouse, a lovely screened-in patio and flowers spanning seasons. Deb will discuss her garden design and evolution, year round growing cycle and how she incorporated backyard chickens on her property. This will be a very interactive workshop, so make sure you come prepared with questions!

Bring a bag lunch and enjoy an apple tasting with a selection of Deb's favorites from High Hill Orchard.

For more information or online registration click HERE
October 23, 2014
Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Road, Madison CT

Panel Members:
Eileen Hochberg - Executive Director of CT NOFA (CT Northeast Organic Farming Association)
John Turenne - Founder/President of Sustainable Food Systems, a lead innovator in sustainable institutional dining
Claire Criscuolo - Chef extraordinaire, author & owner of the legendary Claire's Corner Copia 
Mark Rutkowski - Assistant Farm Manager of Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain, CT

The evening will include a selection of light and local sustainable refreshments
$15.00 in advance or $20 at the door. Click HERE to Register

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Western Connecticut State University
Midtown Campus
Danbury, CT 06810

Register for Winter Conference NOW! 

Submit a workshop proposal for the CT NOFA Winter Conference HERE

 Sponsor & Ad Packages information HERE

To become a sponsor or purchase an ad click HERE 

To become a vendor or exhibitor click 

Sponsor the 2015 Winter Conference and receive 50% off sponsorship of the 2015 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference!
View the combined sponsorship package HERE

Registration is now open!
Click HERE

News, Announcements and Alerts

-Making a Difference in Long Island Sound- Newsletter of the Long Island Sound Study


Deadline extended to Fri. October 3rd to submit your application to the Beginning Women Farmer Training Program!

The training begins in early November and consists of 10 all-day Saturday sessions. The first six are throughout the winter and will be held at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. The four remaining sessions are on-farm at different locations throughout the state. 

For more information and to apply online click HERE




Use Goodsearch.com as your default search engine and generate 1 cent in donations with every search - it all adds up! Create an account via email or facebook, choose CT NOFA as your supporting cause and start making every search count!
Also use Goodshop.com for all your online shopping needs and a percentage of your purchase is donated!

Open Volunteer Positions on the CT NOFA Board 
and Fundraising Committee!

The CT NOFA Board of Directors is accepting applications for Board Members, as well as for Fundraising Committee Members.  

Board members will:
-Attend in-person or conference call meetings of the Board 6-8 times per year
-Participate in or chair appropriate committee of the Board, with separate meetings for this committee
-Attend CT NOFA events, have fun, eat great food and advocate for local, organic food and organic land care

Interested? Please contact Debra Sloane, Vice-President of the CT NOFA Board. You can learn more about the current CT NOFA board here.

Click HERE for the Board Fundraising Chair description.
Click HERE for the Volunteer Fundraising Committee Members descriptions.

New Business Member Profiles

"Since 1911, when Alessandro Secchiaroli started a small farm in Waterford, CT, the Secchiaroli piggery has always been family operated. Currently owned and operated by Alessandro's great grandson, Jonathan Secchiaroli, we still offer honest and reliable customer service with the highest quality of livestock and other services." 

"Greening our Children believes that every child deserves to grow up safe and healthy, free from chemical toxins and other environmental agents that can harm their physical and neurological development. Science suggests that much of the chronic disease that afflicts children today -- including Autism, Obesity, Asthma and Cancer -- might be prevented by minimizing exposure to such toxins.  GOC supports scientific research into the origins of these conditions conducted at the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center, the world's leading medical research center focused on these issues. GOC translates scientific findings into practical advice to help parents, educators and policymakers make safer choices that protect children's health. GOC believes that Prevention is the Ultimate Cure."

"New Opportunities' mission is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals by providing the necessary resources to increase their standard of living, foster self-improvement, and maximize self-empowerment. New Opportunities Inc. is the community action agency that serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 27 surrounding Connecticut towns. We offer a variety of social service programs designed to eliminate poverty and assist people in need."

School Garden Network News 

Growing and Learning


  October is National Farm to School Month!    

National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.  Read more here, including how to win $1,000 for your Farm to School project.  NFSN is also conducting a webinar offering an introductory look at Farm to School.  


COEEA Best Practices in Sustainability Education   

The Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association is holding their 2014  Annual Workshop, Best Practices in Sustainability Education: Providing for Outdoor Learning Spaces, on November 4, 2014, at the Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School in Bridgeport.  The workshop will help educators in planning how to use the schoolyard as an extension of the classroom.   More information here; register here


Funding Opportunities

Laurie Otto Seeds For Education Grant Program: Small grants are awarded annually to schools, nature centers, and other nonprofits in the United States for projects that focus on appreciation for nature through the use of and teaching about native plants.   

Whole Kids Foundation offers monetary grants to K-12 schools with new or pre-existing edible gardens.  


Webinar: Fruit Trees in the School Garden 
edWeb.net presents the webinar Fruit Trees in the School Garden on October 21, 2014 at 4pm.  The webinar will discuss best practices for growing fruit trees and will focus on every step in the process for new plantings as well as for rehabbing existing trees.  More information and registration can be found here.

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day 
October 15, 2014 is National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.  The goal of this day is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide the healthiest meals possible.  Learn how your school can participate, and enter to win $1000 for your school.   


We'd love to share your school garden with our readers!  Feel free to send me any articles, news, photos or any questions you may have.


Debbie Semonich  


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Organic Land Care Program Update

Congratulations to Robert Cocchiaro, our first student to complete our new Online NOFA Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course. Go at your own pace and learn about Organic Lawn Care!

For more information on CT NOFA's new ONLINE Lawn Care Certificate Course click HERE


Winter Programs:

Annual Gathering

December 3, 2014

HillsPoint Hotel, Windsor Locks, CT

For more information and online Registration click HERE 

December 8-11, 2014 (snow date Dec.12th)

Philadelphia, PA in Partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

February 9-12, 2015 (snow date February 13th)
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

To register for an Accreditation Course, click HERE

For more information on our Organic Land Care Program visit organiclandcare.net
Stephanie Berluti
Gleanings Editor 




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