Connecticut's Beginning & Experienced Organic Farmers,
contracts experienced organic farmers from around the state to provide short-term technical assistance to Connecticut's beginning farmers.
More about the program HERE
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From the Executive Director, Jeff Cordulack
With staff gearing up for all the exciting educational events planned for September & October, the CT NOFA office has been buzzing with activity. And now, with August behind us, it is very rewarding to see all their hard work pay off as sponsorships roll in, as seats for the Organic Land Care training (in Greenwich) start to fill, and as Organic Harvest Jamboree tickets are snapped up online. (Event details below. Please 'pass the word' to people you know. Thank you!)
While not planning for autumn events, CT NOFA staff also attended the fabulous NOFA Summer Conference at UMASS Amherst. It was an impressive, well-run event featuring a catalog of workshops about gardening, farming, and lots of other organic food topics. With the all-organic catering and so many wonderful people to meet, I highly recommend you join the fun next summer.
But, of course, for all of us from Connecticut, the highlight of the weekend was Bill Duesing receiving a new NOFA award. Please see below for more about this very special and well deserved recognition. Congrats, Bill!
A lifetime of achievement is recognized at the 2015 NOFA Summer Conference in Massachusetts
New NOFA award honors Bill Duesing
It was announced at last month's NOFA Summer Conference that the NOFA Interstate Council has established a new and special award, the Bill Duesing Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the Council, it is not an annual award, but "will only be used to honor those people that have had decades of service to NOFA, and that have had a profound, transformational effect on our organization."
Who better to be the first recipient of this award than Bill Duesing himself? We here at CT NOFA are extremely proud of Bill and congratulate him not only on winning this award, but on the body of important work he has accomplished that has led to the establishment of this award in his name.
You can read the introductory comments by NOFA Interstate Council Co-President Jack Mastrianni upon the presentation of the award here.
Organic History and the NOFA Summer Conference
"The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible"
by Bill Duesing
The 41st NOFA Summer Conference last month at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst provided an exciting combination of cutting edge and practical information so useful for organic growers and eaters as well as opportunities to visit with old and new NOFA friends, just as it has for four decades.
It also provided an opportunity to reflect on the history of the organic movement and how the holistic organic approach with deep roots in traditional cultures has the ability to solve current environmental and social problems. (For more on the value of this approach, I highly recommend Bill McKibben's recent essay "The Pope and the Planet" in the New York Review of Books.)
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
For details and a full list of CT NOFA and other area events, visit our Events Listings~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CT NOFA's ONLINE COURSE:
Organic Lawn Care Certificate
Become an organic lawn expert in just 8 hours of learning online. Just click HERE
for all the details. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Other Events In Connecticut
Support CT NOFA Raffles ~ Donations Requested Year-Round
CT NOFA is accepting donations of items for raffles at our upcoming events. We raffle off all kinds of items, from gift baskets of foods or skin care products, to consultations, gym memberships, farm tours, CSA shares, lessons, books, artwork, gift cards - you name it, we can raffle it to help support our work. All donations are tax deductible. If you have any items you'd like to donate to support CT NOFA, please contact the office at 203-308-2584.
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September 17, 2015
Several times a year, Whole Foods stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves.
On September 17th, every Whole Foods store in Connecticut will be donating 5% of their sales to help support our mission and programs. Here's a list of all the locations, so mark the date and shop for CT NOFA!
Organic Land Care Program News
CT NOFA Winter Conference 2016
CT NOFA's 34th annual Winter Conference will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
If you are interested in sponsorship or advertising opportunities, would like to have a vendor table at the Conference, or would like to submit a proposal for a workshop, see our Winter Conference webpage.
You can also read about our keynote speaker,Travis Marcotte from the Intervale Center in Burlington, VT. Bookmark this webpage - lots more info to come!
Business Member Profiles
Farmier provides web-based tools for farm planning and record-keeping. We developed farmOS, an application that lets you map your farm areas, store and access records, plan tasks, and more - all accessible from your phone or computer. farmOS is "open source", which means the code is freely available, and developed collaboratively by volunteers. You can run it yourself, or let Farmier host it for you! And you can join in the community development process to make it better! More information about farmOS is available at farmOS.org
Ellington, Fairfield, Farmington, & Wallingford, CT
Harvest New England (formely GreenCycle) is a leading CT producer of rich organic compost and nutrient-enriched topsoil. We also sell specialty soil mixes and a large variety of mulch products for commercial and residential landscaping needs. We offer convenient free delivery on qualifying bulk orders. Many local organic farming operations count on our quality products to enhance their growing mediums. Other services include specialty soil mixes, yard waste and food waste recycling, and biofilter media. We have offices in 4 locations in Connecticut to serve you.
Wilton, CTAmbler Farm is a place where "good things grow." Here, we celebrate our community's farming heritage through hands-on learning programs, sustainable agricultural practices and an appreciation of our rich history. Owned by the Town of Wilton, the 200-year-old farm hosts year-round events and educational programs for all ages. The goal of our programs is simply to learn by doing. All activities encourage engagement - whether it is with the land, with food, with animals, with history, or with other people. Our special annual events bring the community together to enjoy the best of what the farm offers and celebrate the cycle of the New England year.
So come 'home' to Ambler Farm! Open from dawn to dusk 365 days/year. Ambler Farm is your farm!
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CT NOFA Members in the Spotlight
Congratulations to Claire Criscuolo as she celebrates the 40th anniversary this month of her New Haven restaurant, Claire's Corner Copia!
In the News
Check out this great grant opportunity - the The Farm Reinvestment Grants provides matching funds to Connecticut farms to expand, diversify, and improve existing working farms through projects with a lifespan of 10 years or more. More>
Help improve conservation programs for northeast farmers. More>
Great Plains agriculture greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. More>
Bug diversity reduces crop pest problems. More>
Trap cropping offers alternative to pesticides. More>
Drought leads California growers to change crops. More>
Rodale introduces new model to raise pastured, organic hogs. More>
Farmers markets continue to grow. More>
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France makes supermarkets give away unsold food. More>
Animated map shows growth of obesity across US since 1985. More>
School Garden Network News
Growing and Learning
A new national survey, commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
and released in August, shows strong support for the current U.S. school nutrition standards as well as farm to school programs. The 2015 School Food Poll
, a follow up to a similar survey by WKKF in 2010, was conducted to see if American opinions have changed since the implementation of new school food nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants for Farm Bureaus
The White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Program funds projects that will increase agricultural literacy. County and state Farm Bureaus may apply for grants of up to $500 for classroom education programs for grades K-12 in order to initiate new ag literacy programs or expand existing programs. Grants are available on a competitive basis. Applications are due by October 15, 2015. Details here. Center for Eco-Literacy & National Geographic Partner for Resource Big Ideas: A New Alignment with Academic Standards offers examples of learning experiences for linking food, culture, health, and the environment. Download for free here.
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