CT NOFA eNewsletter
September 2009
CT NOFA is the Connecticut Chapter of the
Northeast Organic Farming Association

CT NOFA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. Our efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food. CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.

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 Notes & Reminders

Help! - Taste! volunteers with pickup trucks are needed to pick up goat fencing, turkeys and 30 bales of hay on the morning of September 20th.  Call the office at 203-888-5146 or email Teresa at

Bulk Order - For the first time ever, NOFA/Mass is organizing a fall bulk order.  We are offering a limited number of mineral amendments.  If you do not receive more information in the coming weeks, please contact Cathleen O'Keefe, or (413)584-6786.

Volunteers needed - we need several volunteers from the northeastern part of the state for Celebrating Agiculture, Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Woodstock Fairgrounds
Rte. 169, Woodstock CT.  Call the office at 203-888-5146 if you can help us with this outreach event.

2010 CT NOFA Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference planning volunteers needed - contact Teresa or call the office at 203-888-5146.

Upcoming CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Taste! Organic Connecticut
September 20, 2009 ~ Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

CT NOFA Community Farming Conference
October 31, 2009 ~ New Haven, CT

CT NOFA Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting
November 7, 2009 ~ Vendors Wanted ~ call the office at 203-888-5146 to participate

NOFA Advanced Workshop Series
Last in the Series! Organic Invasives Removal with Donald Bishop and friends - September 23, 2009, Ghiloni Park, Marlborough, MA

8th Annual Community Gardening Celebration - Celebrating the Harvest in Hartford - presented by The Connecticut Community Gardening Association, September 19, 2009, Watkinson School, 180 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford, CT 06105.  Online registration available through the NOFA Interstate Council Online Store

You're Invited - A Special Offer for Members of CT NOFA. Join Connecticut Landmarks at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, CT on Saturday, September 26th at 5 pm for Dinner at theHomestead. Presented by chef/owner of Jonathan Rapp of Chester's River Tavern, Dinner at the Homestead celebrates farms, farmers, local food and community in a magical historic setting. Click here for details.

NOFA/Mass Upcoming Events:
First Annual NOFA/Mass Food Preservation Workshop Day - Saturday, September 19, 2009 Eleven workshops in Eleven towns!
Raw Milk Dairy Day - Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Fair ~ September 25, 26 & 27, 2009, Unity, ME.  Tickets and more information available here.

Other Upcoming Events (*indicates new notice this month)

2009 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo & Tour des Farms Bike Ride
- Sept. 11-13, in New Haven. Includes the Tour Des Farms, a bike tour several local farms More>

*The Ninth Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms
- September 13, 2009, at Graywall Farms in Lebanon. More>

Massachusetts Nutrient Density Field Trainings
- September 13, 2009. Details>

*Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar: "Speaking the Processor's Language" - Tuesday, September 15, 1pm - 2pm Eastern / 10am - 11am Pacific. Learn more about the business of meat processing. To join, at the time of the webinar, go to: and follow directions.

Pfeiffer Center events - Chestnut Ridge, NY: September 2009 - June 2010: Year-long Part-time Training in Biodynamics; October 24, 2009: Organic Beekeeping--Preparing Hives for Winter; January 14-18, 2010 The Agriculture Course -- an intensive study (for practitioners and students of biodynamics). Details>

*A Christmas Eve Salad: Extending the Gardening  Season - Wednesday,  September
16th, 7:00PM, Plumb Library, 65 Wooster Street, Shelton, CT. More>
*Whole Foods Informational Meeting -September 16, 2009, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Cheshire Distribution Center. This meeting is for any local grower, local food artisan or local natural body-care maker who is interested in selling their product at Whole Foods Market. RSVP required, space limited to 30. Send your RSVP and a brief description of your
product to

"Biological Control in Ornamental Greenhouses - Putting it All Together" - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Tolland County Extension Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, University of Massachusetts Extension and Northeast SARE. Registration fee $35.00 per person. For more information contact Leanne Pundt, at 860-626-6240 or click here.

*FRESH 5th Anniversary Party - F.R.E.S.H. (Food: Resources, Education, Security, Health in New London) is celebrating five years of transforming the food system and much more in New London! Saturday, Sept 19th from 2 to 5pm at the FRESH Community Garden Center. More>

*Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium -  two public presentations of the Symposium scheduled for CT in the next month. Sept. 20th at Unity in the Foothills, 102 Prospect St., Torrington, CT and Oct. 4th at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Paddock Ave., Meriden, CT.  Torrington details>  Meriden details>

*Tour des Farms, Shelton Ride -September 26, 2009, starting at the Jones Family Farm. Details>

*CT Waterfowl Sanctuary Fundraiser for Urban Oaks Organic Farm
- Saturday, September 26th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Sanctuary is located at 2 Deer Run Road in Farmington (off Rte. 10, north of Farmington Center). Enjoy a wine & cheese tasting.  Light refreshments will also be served. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and will be sold at Urban Oaks Farm Stand during business hours on Friday and Saturdays.  Tickets are $25.00 when purchased at the door on the day of the event

*Tree Time with Michael Dirr
- Tuesday, September 29, 2009, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Campus Center Auditorium. Details>

* Revolutionary Thinkers Forum - October 2, 2009, The Bushnell Theatre, Hartford, CT. Includes recent NOFA Summer Conference keynote Will Allen. Details>

*Tree Whispering Workshop - Friday, October 2, 7pm-9pm and Saturday October 3, 9:30 to 5:30, Isaac Paine Elementary School, Foster, Rhode Island. More>

*Made in Connecticut Fair - Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, Colonial Tavern Grounds, 24 Hawley Road, Oxford, CT. If you would like to reserve a booth or have questions, please contact: Jane Maher, Event Chairperson via email or phone 203-231-5109.

*Greenhouse Production Workshop: Nutrition for Greenhouse Crops - Tuesday, October 20, 2009, Publick House, Rte. 131, Sturbridge, MA,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  This workshop will feature practical information, including options for organic growers.  More>

* Rally/International Day of Climate Action - Oct 24, 2009 (Sat.) from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Lower Green in New Haven. More>  Local details>

Farm Design/Build: Creating Working Buildings and Farmscapes - Oct 25-Nov 6, 2009, offered by the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT. More>

Community Board
Seeking vendors for "Eat Local, Eat Fresh" program - Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT. October 2, October 9, October 30, vending hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., outdoors. Kristen Richardson,; phone 203.582.3692

Position Available - Farm Manager: The Mountain School, Vershire, VT. Hiring now for job beginning January, 2010. Oversee a 3-acre organic garden, 90 acres of pasture for beef cows, sheep, hogs, turkeys, and chickens. Full time position. Minimum 5 years experience managing a diversified farm. Salary comes with benefits and housing. Please send résumé and cover letter by September 27th to or to Susie Rinehart 151 Mountain School Rd. Vershire, VT 05079. (802) 685-4520 x112. Details>

Sausage stuffing machine - Hand crank model made by Enterprise Mfg. Co.  Clean and ready to use for stuffing sausage or manicotti.  $95 (NOFA Members)  $125 (Others). or 203-421-5447

Commercial kitchen availability:
Kitchen Co-Op, Bridgeport CT. More>
Snootyfoods, Oxford, CT, 203-881-8187

Job Opening: Special Assistant to the Director - The Yale Sustainable Food Project has an opening for a full-time position as Special Assistant to the Director. Details>

Position available - Executive Director Sought for Knox Parks Foundation. Details>

Experienced Organic Gardener Needed - as a Partner/ Manager for Iroquois Farm, a NOFA certified Organic Farm in northern New York State. Contact M. Clements, ( or call 315-323-1905. Farm details here>

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.
 Members in the News
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Organic Farmers in Action - Anthony Bozzuto was featured in the Organic Farming Research Foundation's website.

Bill Duesing's recent talk at the New Britain Library was covered in this Herald article.

Coverage of the recent FRESH film screening at the Pequot Library in Southport included a recommendation by Bill Duesing for starting a garden, even in a small yard.  More>

Yale's harvest program at Waldingfield farm.

Member Nicholas Mancini will be teaching a course at Norwalk Community College called "Organic Gardening is the Way to Grow Your Vegetable Garden and Fruit Trees". The class begins September 17th and here are the details.

Legislative & Food Safety News
Congress is working on food safety legislation that could have effects on farmers and
consumers.  Keep up with the latest in the policy arena by visiting and
clicking on the food safety links at the top left.
Other Items of Interest
Native Plant Information Network - though a Texas-based organization, there are regional links.

Resource Webpage for Conservation Stewardship Program - Producers who want to be considered for the 2009 funding pool must apply by September 30, 2009.

CT Environmental Headlines - CT Environmental Headlines has all of today's environmental news headlines in the state, including agriculture and land use issues, and offers free email updates.

chardGood fall planting info from Johnny's Selected Seeds. - Online portal where backyard gardeners can buy, sell or swap homegrown produce.

10 Ways to Eat FRESH from the Fairfield Green Food Guide.

Stock Photos of Vegetables - the USDA has an extensive collection of stock photos that may be used without charge.

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