The CT NOFA Technical Assistance Program, Coming Together, contracts experienced organic farmers from around the state to provide short-term technical assistance to Connecticut’s beginning farmers.
Beginning farmers with fewer than ten years experience operating a farm business can use this program to work through organic production and business challenges directly with experienced organic farmer consultants. All beginning farmers within the state are eligible to participate in the technical assistance program regardless of membership status at CT NOFA.
ClickHERE to access the directory and to learn more about our experienced consultants
Using This Service
1. Beginning farmers can view the directory of technical consultants and their expertise. Before a beginning farmer can contact an expert farmer they must first join the program at no cost by filling out THIS short online form. They may then contact the consultant they wish to speak with directly by using the contact information provided in the Directory.
2. Once connected, the beginning farmer and the technical consultant can choose to use phone calls, Facetime, Skype and/or e-mails to help work through specific technical questions. When over the phone/email assistance cannot solve the issue, there are a very limited number of on-farm consultations available.
3. Following the consultations, the farmer consultants will submit quarterly invoices to be paid by CT NOFA and beginning farmers will be contacted by the Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator for short follow-up evaluations.
4. Each listed organic technical consultant has been invited to participate by CT NOFA , but CT NOFA is not responsible for the information provided by these consultants.
This program builds social community through the consultation process plus a program kick-off social gathering for beginning and experienced organic farmers, as well as a mid-year pot luck social gathering. Easily accessible locations will be chosen for maximum attendance by both beginning and experienced farmers.
Consultant Directory and Privacy
We are still accepting applications for organic expert consultants. To apply, fill out THIS online form. CT NOFA’s s Technical Consultant Directory features consultant photographs, background, contact information and areas of expertise.
Who is eligible?
All Connecticut commercial farmers with ten or fewer years of commercial production experience are eligible to use the directory and contact a technical consultant. To engage in the consultancy program, you must currently be engaged in commercial production (i.e., growing and marketing food and/or fiber).
What does it cost?
There are no direct costs to the beginning farmer for using this service.
How long does a technical consultancy relationship last?
Technical Consultancy relationships have a maximum length of 6 hours per beginning farmer per topic.
CT NOFA: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut