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Gleanings eNewsletter

September 2011

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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Keep up with events, news and alerts with the daily CT NOFA blog
In this issue:
From the ED
CT NOFA & NOFA Events
Announcements
Community Board
Alerts & Actions
New Business Members
In the News
Other Items of Interest

 

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From the Executive Director  

Labor Day Weekend 2011   

  

      

    

Last month, before Irene hit and made most everything a little different, I had two opportunities to meet with Governor Malloy and see his interest in agriculture.

 

govenor meetingOn August 24th, I participated in a meeting on Jobs and Agriculture with about 30 farmers and agricultural leaders held at Prides Corner Farm in Lebanon. The Governor was accompanied by Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Reviczky and Catherine Smith, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.  

 

I prepared some recommendations for the meeting, and was able to mention a few of the ideas during the session. I stressed the importance of local food for our future (in the face of coming challenges), of protecting farmland, including the urban and suburban parcels used to grow food, and encouraged the state to honor and assist the incredible enthusiasm and energy people are investing in growing food in the cities and other places where it is needed. This last got positive responses.  Read more>     

 

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CT NOFA & NOFA Events

    

Upcoming Events  

  

Nutrient Density & Soil Fertility 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hunts Brook Farm

Quaker Hill, CT

  

Season Extension and What You Can Still Do In Your Garden 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT

  

Permaculture Workshop 

Monday, September 19, 2011 (postponed from August 8th)

Center for Sustainable Living

Bethlehem, CT

  

Homeowners Workshop on Organic Lawn Care 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Southington Library

Southington, CT

  

Preserving the Harvest (on a budget) - Freezing and Drying

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT

 

Preserving the Harvest - Canning

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT

 

Cooking with Seasonal Food

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT


CT NOFA Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 29, 2011

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm  

Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT

Details soon! 


     

Other Events

  

Stop by and visit us at one of these upcoming events:

September 10, 2011 ~ Norwalk Oyster Festival

September 10, 2011 ~ Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo 

September 24, 2011 ~ Moving CONNECTICUT  

October 1, 2011 ~ Massaro Farm Family Fun Day 

October 1  & 2, 2011 ~ HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar  

  

For other area events, including Dinners on the Farm, Feast From the Fields and more, check our our events listing page
 

 

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Announcements    

BWF
Local coordinator Sherry Simpson and HMI's Ann Adams, Director of Education & Outreach

We are now accepting applications for the third year of the Beginning Women Farmer Holistic Management training.    

 

The ten classes will begin in late October 2011, with 6 sessions that taking place over the winter of 2011/2012 and 4 farm tours that will take place during the spring.

 

For details and an application, email us or call 203-888-5146. 

 

Holistic Management International website  

 

 

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Our Homeowner's eNewsletter, Organic with the Seasons, is now back. This quarterly newsletter will soon be out with the Fall edition, so sign up today. 

 

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Community Board 

 

Farm managers & farm partners- these and more can be found in the latest postings on the 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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Alerts & Actions  

   

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture  has links for flood-related damage reporting and information concerning crops that have be in contact with flood waters. Details here>  

 

There are more flood/food-safety related documents on the UConn College of Agriculture and Natural Resources website.    

 

Storm Damage Assistance Available for Agricultural Producers. More>  

 

Late blight resources here and here.  For organic management of light blight, go here for details. 

 

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New Business Members
 
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Hodgson Biologic - Seymour, CT

Hodgson Biologic brings the perspectives of resource conservation, ecosystem health and sustainability to gardeners who want to begin, expand or make changes to the land they care for. Coaching in composting and in choosing and growing perennial and native edible and medicinal plants are two of the services that Hodgson Biologic offers. Gardening classes for groups are also held on request.

 

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Gardens & Turf - East Haddam, CT  

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Gardens & Turf offers garden coaching for do-it-yourselfers, consultation for those seeking advice, garden design and updates, and garden maintenance and lawn mowing for properties in the lower Connecticut River Valley. Draw on our 30-plus years of gardening experience to make your gardens and foundation plantings easier to maintain and more beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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In the News

One of the gardens in the recent City Farm & Garden Tour is featured here and here.   

 

Board member John Turenne was in Maine recently meeting with Cumberland County school food service workers to help bring more sustainable foods there. More>   

 

Another long-time member and recent new CT NOFA Board member, John Pittari, is celebrating New Morning Store's 40th anniversary. 

 

New Haven school gardens in the news.  

 

Malloy talks "agri-tourism" and locally grown foods on jobs tour. Details> 

 

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Other Items of Interest  

 

 Sustainable agriculture jobs after college? More> 

 

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's online Farm Business Planning Course.  

 

Connecticut NRSC Conservation programs  - the cutoff date for ranking purposes is October 7, 2011. More>  

 

And just how big a backyard might you need to live off the land? Check this out> 

 

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Thanks to our Sponsors:

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If you have any stories, articles, notices or suggestions for this newsletter, please send them along. 

 

Many thanks,

 

Deb

203-888-5146

ctnofa@ctnofa.org