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2010 5th Annual Community Farming Conference

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
New Haven, CT
8:30 to 4:00

Co-sponsored by CT NOFA & Natural Resources Conservation Service

Online registration is now closed - but there is still plenty of room and walk-ins are also welcome - join us !


9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:15 – 10:00 Having a good board and leadership: Mary and Jon Gorham. Mary will talk about the process of bringing together a group to create a vision for the Massaro Community Farm, deciding the structure of the organization, and creating a strategic plan up to the point of making a business plan.  Jon will talk about how the board of the Massaro Community Farm took that forward and began fundraising. 

10:00 - 10:45 Cultivating Connections: Engaging Youth with the Food System
Presenters: Jessica Cartagena, FRESH Voices Coordinator; Amy Underwood, Chaurielle Robinson and Debra Florez, FRESH Voices Crew; and Arthur Lerner, FRESH Director. FRESH Voices is a new initiative of the FRESH Youth Program to record, share and present the experiences of Youth and other Members of the extended FRESH Community.  Members of the FRESH Voices crew will present about their experience working in the Youth Program of FRESH New London.  They will share information about strategies for recruitment, training and organizing the FRESH Youth Program, as well as ideas for connecting young people with issues and experiences of food, community and agriculture.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45 –Farmer Panel: Many Community farms have hired a farmer.  Hear the perspective of four farmers growing on Community Farms.  Daniel MacPhee, Farm Manager and Educator with the Yale Sustainable Food Project, Brenda Caldwell, CSA farmer from Boulder Knoll Farm in Cheshire, Anne Patrie, educational farmer from Community Farm of Simsbury, Rodger Phillips from Grow Hartford C.S.A.

11:45-12:30 Sharing:  What is happening on your farm?  What resources do you need?  What resources can you offer?  What conversations do you want to continue during lunch?

12:30 Potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share and a place setting.  We’ll provide beverages.

1:30 –2:15 Connecting with Farmland: Jiff Martin, American Farmland Trust - Farmland Leasing considerations for municipalities and land trusts as developed through the Farmland Connections project.

2:15- 3:00  Local ≠ Safe:  Why Even Small, Local Farms Need to Pay Attention to Food Safety: Diane Wright Hirsch, MPH, RD, Extension Educator, Food Safety, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension. Diane, a food safety educator who provides food safety education for farmers, processors, retailers and consumers, will talk about the food safety risks/issues for produce, programs and resources available to help reduce food safety risks, and regulations that may apply to your product.

3:00 Tour of Massaro Farm in Woodbridge: Massaro Farm is holding its 2nd Annual Family Fun Day. It is a short ride from New Haven.  This is a good opportunity to see what they have done. Massaro Farm won the 2010 Pathfinder Education Leader Award for significant contributions in the area of educating the public about the importance of farmland preservation.

Registration is $30 for CT NOFA members, $40 for non-members. A special price of $20 for the first person to sign up from each community farm in Connecticut is also available.  Be sure to let the office know your farm when you sign up, so you can get your discount.  We want to reach out to as many of the community farms in the state as possible!

Click here for a printer-friendly registration form.

Directions to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

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PO Box 164 • Stevenson, CT 06491

phone: (203) 888-5146 • fax: (203) 888-9280