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Soil Sample
Tom Morris of the UConn Extension teaches a workshop on taking soil samples and fertility management at the Community Farm of Simsbury
CSA Fair
CT NOFA is organizing CSA Fairs in different parts of the state to promote regional food, publicize local CSAs, and encourage consumers to enroll in a CSA near them.  We invite farmers to participate in our first CSA Fair at the Willimantic Food Coop's Downtown Country Fair on October 7. Register before September 15!

Photos from our July Block Party at Hidden Brook Gardens in Ledyard, CT.  Join us for our September 15 Block Party at Urban Oaks Organic Farm!
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This newsletter is compiled by Kristiane Huber, CT NOFA's Events  & Outreach Coordinator. Please let me know about any workshops you'd like to see in the coming year, feedback on our current programming, events you would like listed in this newsletter or resources CT NOFA can offer you
September 2012

This autumn is filled with workshops, social events and training program deadlines. We hope to see you at some of our events, and hope you can take advantage of some of the farming education opportunities in the region!

Happy Harvest!
Important CT NOFA Dates & Events
For more information and online registration please visit or call the CT NOFA office at 203-888-5146.
Cheese Making - Walk-ins Welcome
Monday, September 10 * 4:00 - 7:00pm * Beltane Farm, Lebanon 
Join Paul Trubey for an instructional workshop about cheese making. You'll leave the workshop with your own hand made cheese! Because you'll be using local Connecticut milk and taking home your own products, the workshop fee is $45 for members/beginning farmers and $55 for non-members.  Beginning farmers can apply for a full scholarship here
Deadline September 14 
CSA Farmers in eastern and central Connecticut are welcome to participate in CT NOFA's first CSA Fair to connect farmers to interested consumers on October 7 at the Willimantic Food Coop's Downtown Country Fair.  Participation with the fair also gives farmers a space to sell produce at the fair. Fill out the online form to participate.
Block Party on the Farm
Saturday September 15 * 5:30pm * Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain
Join the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) for a celebration of CT NOFA's 30th year and the beginning of the harvest season at a "Block Party on the Farm" on September 15 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
Beginning Women Farmers
Deadline September 15   
CT NOFA is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Beginning Women Farmer "Whole-Farm Planning" Program.  Please contect Deb Legge, Connecticut Co-coordinator or call 203-888-5146 for an application. 
Seed Saving Workshop
Sunday, September 16  
Long-time CT NOFA member and Massachusetts State Botanist Bryan Connolly of Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT will be speaking on the hows and whys of various seed saving methods - breeding for success as Tobacco Road does, and growing seed commercially to meet a growing market. Beginning farmers can apply for a scholarship here
High Tunnel Workshop
Monday, September 17 * 4:00pm * Community Farm of Simsbury
Join us and tour the Community Farm of Simbury's high tunnel growing area. Learn what to sow now for productive winter growing.  Stick around for a post-workshop light dinner!  Beginning farmer scholarships available.  
Connecticut Journeyperson Program
Application Deadline: October 31
Connecticut NOFA invites beginning farmers that already have apprentice-experience that are transitioning to independent farming to apply for the Journeyperson Program.  
Save the date: CT NOFA Getting Started in Organic Conference
January 26, 2013 * Goodwin College * East Hartford
Other Events & Opportunities
In Connecticut and the surrounding region.
UVM Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications
Deadline: October 1
The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. 
Interactive 5- to 7-week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm, led by experienced educators and farmers
Stone Barns Growing Farmers Workshops:
Pollinators on the Farmscape (September 29)  
In: Bedford Hills, NY
NOFA New York Workshops
Goat Dairying from Square One Walker Valley, NY: September 10
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act: Farm Equipment Replacemet - Application deadline of September 19
The CT DEEP is anticipating federal funding for the reduction of diesel emissions in the state. As part of this program, farmers are invited to apply for funding to replace equipment with newer clean diesel.  View the Solicitation Letter that explains the program, and contact Patrice Kelley at the CT DEEP for the application forms. 
Farmer Training Program in Emmaus, PA
Accepting Applications until October 15.
The New Farmer Training Program and Agricultural Incubator at the Seed Farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2013 season.
Online Course: Organic Certification: What, How and Why (Or Why Not)
Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm during the month of October
Hosted by  the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project at Cornell University.  Registration Deadline September 26: Learn More
December 12-14 * Tarrytown, NY
On December 12-14, 2012, Stone Barns Center will host the fifth National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and more than 50 unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, marketing, and more.  *Scholarship Application due September 15
UMass Extension Green School - in Marlborough, MA
Registration Deadline October 24
Green School's new Sustainable Vegetable Production Track is a comprehensive curriculum that is geared specifically to commercial farmers, agricultural professionals and experienced gardeners. The course uses a systems approach to teach the principles of vegetable production relevant to the New England climate and beyond.