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September 2008
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Notes and reminders from the editor -

Congratulations to ticket winners Uta & Hermann Zickfeld for winning 2 tickets to the CT Farmland Trust's event "The Eighth Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms", being held Sunday, September 7th at Toplands Farm in Roxbury, CT.


Upcoming CT NOFA Events

September 14, 2008 -  Taste! Organic Connecticut - Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry, CT.  Workshops, Farmers' Market & Craft vendors, music, great food and more!

Organic Vegetable IPM On-Farm Workshop - September date TBD. At Down To Earth Farm in Stafford, CT.  Check back at the CT NOFA site for upcoming details.
November 1, 2008 - Organic Harvest Celebration and CT NOFA Annual Meeting, New Haven, Farmers' Market. Keynote speaker will be Claire Criscuolo, chef, writer, activist - "Good Food is Never Cheap, and Cheap Food is Never Good"
January 17, 2009 - Getting Started in Organic Farming, New Haven, CT

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2 and 3 (snow day), 2009 - NOFA Organic Land Care 5-day course, New Haven, CT. Go to for more information.

February 7, 2009 - Community Farming Conference, New Haven, CT


Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)

Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT Old Style Life Skill Workshops - Local Farm in Cornwall Bridge, CT
Sept. 6:  Keeping A Family Cow.  Contact  or call 860-672-0229 or visit their website to pre-register and for information on this and other workshops.

*Coalition Policy & Planning Session - Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. The Capitol, Room 310, Hartford, CT. The Steering Committee of Working Lands Alliance invites coalition supporters to come share ideas and discuss ongoing challenges to farmland protection in Connecticut.  For more info, contact Jiff Martin, WLA Project Director,, 860-296-1380.

*Growing Trends in CT Agriculture: How Family Farms Are Successfully Competing In Today's Market  -  Wednesday, Sept 10th, hosted by The Natural Resources Council of CT.  We'll be touring Jones Winery in Shelton, CT, followed by an engaging talk from Rick Macsuga about the state's CT Grown program.  A sumptuous CT Grown buffet will be catered by Doug Coffin's Big Green Truck.  $15.00 registration fee by September 3rd in order to reserve lunch; no registration fee if you bring your own lunch. For more information, phone 203-488-2632.

*2008 Cultivating Wellness Conference - Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th, 2008, at D Acres Organic Farm & Educational Homestead in Dorchester, NH.  For workshop and registration details, visit their website.

"Using Biological Control in Greenhouses: On Your Way to Growing Greener" Workshop - Thursday, Sept 18, 2008, to be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. For details and registration, go to this site.

*Celebrating Agriculture! - Saturday, September 20, 2008, 9am to 3pm at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in Woodstock, CT.  More information can be found hereNOTE: volunteers needed for CT NOFA table at this event.  Please contact Bettylou Sandy at 860-647-7097 if you have time to help promote CT NOFA.

*The Backyard Chicken - Saturday, September 20, 10:00 - 12:00, Glynwood Farm, Cold Spring, NY.  For details and registration, click here.

*Tenth Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival - Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 2008 10 am to 5PM both days.  Shine or Rain. Location:   Forster's Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd., Orange, MA. Directions, Pet Policy, Full Schedule of weekend events:

*Sustainable West Hartford's Sustainable Lawn/Landscaping Forum - to be held from  7-9 pm on Sept 24th at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium, 50 South Main Street.  Speakers include Mary Rickle Pelletier, Project Director, Park River Watershed Revitalization Initiative, talking about the Park River Watershed in particular and watersheds in general to set the context for why green lawns; Scott Reil,  Safe Lawns and Landscapes (Bloomfield, CT) - talking about organic lawn care, composting;  Len Giddix,  Prides Corner Farms/Co-host of WTIC Radio's Garden Talk/CT Editor for People, Places & Plants magazine - talking about native plants for landscaping, rainbarrels; Bill Duesing,  Director of CT NOFA - talking about growing your own food.  Contact Maureen Hart at 860-808-7487.

*A Sacred Trust: A Fall Forum on Religion and the Environment - Religion and Ecology: The Problems and the Promise. Keynote Address: Dr. John Grim, Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 4 pm to 9 pm, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford. Click here for details and registration.

 2nd Annual Northeast Animal Power Field Days -  Friday, September 26- Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT.  Check this site for details.

*Invasive Plant Symposium - Wednesday, October 1, 2008, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 8am to 4pm.  Presented by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG). Early registration ends September 10th.  For details, visit their site.

*Pollinators Conference: Information for Action - Friday and Saturday, October 3 & 4, 2008 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.  Conference details here.

*Ownership of Seed, Plants, and Food through Patents on Higher Life Forms - Friday, October 17, 2008, 11am to 1 pm, at 77 Prospect Street, Seminar Room B012, New Haven, CT.  Presented by Yale Program in Agrarian Studies.

*Understanding Organics and Grazing: Livestock Management and Health - October 28-30, 2008 in Auburn/Fingerlakes, NY.  Sponsored by NOFA-VT and Quality Milk Production Services. Click here to learn more about this and other NOFA-VT events.

New England Greenhouse Conference & Expo - November 5-7, 2008, Worchester, MA. Click here for details.

2009 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show - February 25 & 26, 2009, Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge.  Check out their site for details.

Community Board (*indicates new notice this month)

*Situation sought - Experienced, knowledgeable organic farmer, teacher, social activist now disabled (back, hips, knees) is looking for position requiring my knowledge and many skills. Quarters needed are for myself, Squeak- my clean and wonderful cat, a fair sized library, and a bit of Ag. equipment- enough specialty and low impact hand tools to create and get a small farm or similar project going. Interested in helping w/growing in currently operational project as well as willing to help the developing and starting something new if solid with committment etc. Would also be interested in helping the transition of current farm, personal property etc. to from simple organic to whole system sustainable including agroforestry, permaculture etc. Prefer situation where we keep developing and using on hand, new teaching models of the many ways to do the various aspects of sustainable living.   If interested , contact John Clark at 203-841-6110 or by mail at John D. Clark, P.O.B. 860, Woodbury CT 06798.  

*Imagine a Great Organic Farm
- Renaissance man/woman with some farming experience wanted to farm our 60 acres of woods and fields in Woodstock, NY. Small apartment on premises available. Great opportunity to start your farming dream without going into debt!  Opportunity for long term relationship. Great farmers' market nearby in Woodstock with room for more farmers. Grow organic vegetables, fruit, raise goats, chickens, or  whatever  you imagine.  We are open to possibilities! Call Bet for more information 917-488-9301.

*Looking for compost tumbler - for backyard compost making.  Contact Janlyn Neri, or cell  860-334-8982.

*Whole Foods Seeks Local Produce! - Whole Foods, West Hartford is look for producers in CT who grow the following: potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, okra, heirloom/specialty eggplant, heirloom anything, garlic, apricots, nectarines, plums, sugar baby watermelons, broccoli rabbe, and asparagus. If you'd like more information about how Whole Foods, West Hartford can purchase some of the above products from you please call Meg Bushsbaum at (860) 523-8500 or email at

*ConnectiCOSH seeks Farmers for Outreach Project - with a special grant from CT DPH/CDC, they wish to expand their program to provide HIV counseling  and testing to farmworkers on small farms. If you are interested, contact Carmen Cordero at 860-468-5840 or Eddie Sapiain at 860-953-2674.

*Draft Horse Mentor - Small farm in NW CT looking for a draft horse mentor to train us and horse for as long as it takes. We can travel to you. Send a note to or call 917-334-4389. Thank you!

*Farmers' Market Regulations - Concerned about recent Department of Health regulations that require Farmers' Markets be regulated as "temporary food service establishments"?  For more information on contacting your local representatives, and details on ongoing hearings, contact Robert Burns at 860-536-6407.

*Employment Notice - Harrington SafeLawns & Landscapes is looking for an Ornamental Tree and Shrub Health Care Technician.   For further information on who we are and what we do, go to and To schedule an interview contact Matt Pooler at 860-243-3200 or e-mail

NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange - A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Other Items of Interest

Restoring Heritage Wheats- The Heritage Wheat Conservancy invites farmers, home and school-gardeners to restore our community seed system of heritage wheats, by growing-out heritage wheats and sharing them through local seed-exchanges. Seed is available on: Proceeds support the Heritage Wheat Conservancy in-situ conservation farms. Varieties with special meaning to New Englanders are available for community seed-savers, that include:
Red Lammas, first wheat grown in colonial America, brought by British settlers,
Maine Banner (Crimean)  - delicious, winter-hardy heritage wheat, and
Vermont Heritage Wheats, bred by Cyrus Pringle in the 1800s.

Member CSA in the news.

NOFA NY and Tomatoes in the news.

"2009-2010 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide - A Management Guide for Insects,Diseases, Weeds and Growth Regulators".  This updated manual is now available here.

New Haven community kitchen to expand.

An interesting history of the American Lawn in a July New Yorker.

Free download: "Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement", available for download at


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Deb Legge
PO Box 164
Stevenson, Connecticut 06491
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