Gleanings eNewsletter
September 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
Taste! Update
Community Board
New Business Members
Guest Columnist
Featured Regional Organization
Legislative & Support News
Other Items of Interest
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From the Executive Director

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CT NOFA's core work is education and advocacy. We've got a lot of that coming up with

Taste! Organic Connecticut on September 19, the

Community Farming Conference on October 30 and our

Organic Harvest Celebration on November 6. 

Not to mention the second year of the

Beginning Women Farmers Whole Farm Planning course, the

Compost Tea Advanced Land Care Workshop on September 21, the

Annual Organic Land Care Gathering on December 7 - focusing on biodiversity,

The Five Day Course in Organic Land Care January 24-28,

Getting Started in Organic Farming conference on January 29 and the

Winter Conference on March 5.

This October, we'll begin our two-year, Winter Food Education Program for farmers, gardeners and consumers and work on the Beginning Farmer Development project in conjunction with other NOFA chapters and MOFGA.


Check our websites for more information: www.ctnofa.org and www.organiclandcare.net.

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CT NOFA & NOFA Events & Announcements

Taste! Organic Connecticut
- September 19, 2010, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. 10th Anniversary - join us for the best celebration ever! Vendor spaces available; email us for details.

If you are in New Haven this weekend (September 10-12, 2010) for the CT Folk Festival & Green Expo, stop by the CT NOFA table and say hello. We'll be there all day Saturday.

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program still has one remaining advanced workshop for Accredited Professionals and other landscape professionals, Brewing Compost Tea, on September 21, 2010. Click here for more information.

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

Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting
November 6, 2010

New Haven, CT

Seed Saving Workshop - with Bill Duesing
September 13, 2010
Kent Community Garden, Kent, CT

Beginning Women Farmers Whole Farm Planning Course - We are beginning to recruit and organize the 2nd year of this program. Additional details and materials will soon be available and if you are interested (or know someone who might be) call or email us at the office.

Volunteers Wanted! If you are a working member, Taste! Organic Connecticut is a great time to get in those hours.  There are openings at the registration tables, set-up & clean-up crews, information and merchandise booths, and more.  Or just volunteer for a great cause and get a discount on admissions. Call the office at 203-888-5146 or email the volunteer coordinator, John Weedon.

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.

Recent On-Farm Workshops:

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Our recent CSA On-Farm Workshop at The Hickories on August 23, 2010 was featured in the Ridgefield Patch.

Maggie Saska, First Bloom Farm, at the Incubator Farmer On-Farm Workshop
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Taste! Update

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Hello All,


I hope you will be joining us for the Tenth Annual TASTE! Organic CT on September 19th. Once again we will be hosted by Manchester Community College on Great Path Road in Manchester, CT from 10 am to 4pm.


Our own CT NOFA Board member, professional Chef John Turenne, is busy sourcing local and organic food from our Connecticut Farmers for the CT NOFA Food Booth. John is going to be grilling local grass-fed beef sliders, lamb and feta sliders or mushroom and goat cheese sliders. Board member Chris Killheffer will be custom making smoothies with local organic fruits and dairy. You will be able to taste the freshest of local greens with Chef Seen Lippert's balsamic dressing.


New Haven's celebrity chef Bun Lai, owner of Miya Sushi, will also be on hand to give a free workshop on Sushi and a tasting of his flavored sakes. Bun's restaurant was recently named one of the top-ten sustainable restaurants in America.


You can go to numerous free workshops. Topics range from "Pickling Unusual Vegetables", "Making Homemade Beer"," Wine" or even "Bread Making", "Extended Season Gardening", "Top Bar Bee Keeping", "How to Raise a Small Flock", Eating from Your Backyard" and much more.


Inspirational Severine von Tscharner Fleming, founder of The Greenhorns, will be on hand to meet with you and answer your questions. There will be a free screening of her newest documentary, "The Greenhorns" - a look at the clean food movement.


The day will be full of mellow acoustic music by The Whiskey Boys, local favorites Trainwreck Jerry, Deborah Simmons and strolling accordionist Adam Matlock.


You can shop treasures from the Farmers' and Vendors' Market. Our children's tent will offer old-time crafts, face painting and games. We will have a professional storyteller on hand so grab a front row bale seat. We encourage you to show your stuff in hoop dancing. Our special noon time free entertainment will be an out-of-doors performance by ART FARM: Playful theater with an environmental theme.


You shouldn't miss meeting Bridie, the adorable, pint sized "backyard cow" who gives 2 gallons of milk a day, plus see goats, turkeys and chickens. There will be Pony rides and free hay rides behind a Bio-diesel tractor. You can see first-hand how a "chicken tractor" works.  Bill Duesing, Executive Director of CT NOFA, will hosting a market stroll and personally introduce you to your local farmers, questions welcome.

Hope to see you there.


Teresa Mucci, Event Coordinator

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Farm Feature

Starting this month, we'll be featuring one of the many farms Bill Duesing visits in his travels around the state.

Bristol Farm, leased and operated by Wild Carrot Farm, LLC


Farmers Mark Palladino & Joanie Gugliemino
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I stopped by Bristol Farm in Canton on September 3rd to say hello to farmers Mark and Joanie and to see how things are going.  They do business as Wild Carrot Farm, LLC and grow on 10 acres of certified organic bottom land leased from Bristol Farm, right on route 44 just north of its junction with 202 west and across the road from the Farmington River. Check out their web site that is full of information about their farm. It makes their interest in nutrition and agricultural education clear.  www.wildcarrotfarm.com

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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

Connecticut Gardener Magazine - Greens Farms, CT

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) - Greenwich, CT

Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC - Orange, 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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Guest Columnist ~ Jack Bradigan Spula



To do a riff on Mark Twain: recent reports of the Gulf of Mexico's recovery have been greatly exaggerated.


Yes, as the media relentlessly tell us, the Gulf, at least on the surface, looks pretty normal, surprisingly so in the wake of this year's BP deepwater drilling disaster and lesser insults like the September 2 Mariner Energy oil platform fire.


Shrimping and oystering have resumed somewhat (though many still need to pursue claims for business perhaps lost forever). And seabirds and human sun-worshippers, neither group with any visible oil coverage, still congregate on gorgeous sandy beaches. A loose journalistic consensus, fueled as usual by corporate influence, has gelled: all is well - or will soon be, thanks to Mother Nature's inscrutable bacterial clean-up efforts. After all, petroleum is a naturally-occurring substance, right (not to mention oil-consuming microbes)? And underwater oil seeps have been observed in the Gulf since time immemorial.

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Featured Regional Organization

The Fair Haven Community Health Center's Diabetes Prevention Program Garden was one of the gardens in our recent New Haven Farm & Garden Tour and is also featured in this recent New Haven Independent story and also the Slow Food USA blog.

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Legislative & Support News

Encourage your school districts to send a representative to one of the "Natural Turf Management for Schools" sessions now scheduled in Connecticut, beginning September 21, 2010. Details>

September 1, 2010 - USDA Enhances Enforcement of Organic Standards More>

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Other Items of Interest

Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection's webpage: Eating for Health and the Environment

From the University of Minnesota, "What is Organic Food and Why Should I Care?" Read>

Food Preservation Resources: University of Minnesota & the National Center for Home Food Preservation

New Online Courses for Beginning Farmers Debut This Fall! - Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Details>

Northeastern IPM announces grant funding application deadlines. More>

Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) is also offering competitive grants for new ideas in sustainable agriculture. Details>

Popular Mechanics' The World's 18 Strangest Gardens

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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,

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