The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut's mission is to ensure the growth and viability of organic agriculture, organic food, and organic land care in Connecticut. We envision a healthy, organic Connecticut founded on ecologically, socially and economically just principles.

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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
Buckminster Fuller

 


JAZZ DINNER AT WALDINGFIELD FARM

An Organic Celebration Featuring the Mike Casey Trio

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Waldingfield Farm, Washington CT


Visit a beautiful organic farm hidden in the Litchfield Hills for a fine seasonal dinner sourced from locally. Acclaimed jazz artists, The Mike Casey Trio, will play as guests enjoy an Autumn sunset and a fine dinner in celebration organic farming in Connecticut! 

4 PM  Refreshments & Farm Tour
5 PM Cocktails & 1st Course
6 PM The Mike Casey Trio Followed by Dinner & Dessert


ABOUT THE MUSIC: Fresh off his recently released, critically acclaimed 2017 debut, “The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door”, Mike Casey has been taking the jazz world by storm, with mentions from icons Sonny Rollins & Quincy Jones, features from Spotify's 'State of Jazz', JAY Z's TIDAL, NPR, Jazz in Europe, Canada's Jazz da Gama, as well as digital & print features in nearly every major CT publication including The Hartford Courant, The Day, New Haven Register, and Connecticut Magazine. The Trio will perform an hourlong concert of exciting, upbeat original music & jazz classics as guests celebrate organic food from around Connecticut. Each member is an alumni of The Hartt School as well as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, presented by the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

$125 per person for early birds (Aug 30) & CT NOFA members. Otherwise, $150 per person or $750 for table of 6 people. To reserve your seats, buy tickets online here. Or to register by phone, call Executive Director, Jeff Cordulack, at 203-613-8813 (b/w 8 am-8pm, please).

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FARM TOUR & ANNUAL MEETING
Presented by CT NOFA & The USDA Risk Management Agency

"Cover Crops for Small Farms & Gardens"
a farm tour and social gathering for CT NOFA members and friends who farm or garden

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
At Massaro Community Farm
Woodbridge, CT

Begin with after-work food and cheer, followed by a short presentation by CT farmer Michael Keilty about the USDA Risk Mgmt. Agency’s crop insurance programs.  At 6:15 PM, join the farm tour. Farmer Steve Munno’s tour will focus on the main cover crop seeds, tools, and techniques he uses. After the tour, we will have a more food & cheer, Q&A, and a brief Annual Meeting. 

FREE EVENT … BUT RSVPs ARE REQUESTED!
Email ctnofa@ctnofa.org or use the Facebook event page to confirm your “going” (vs "interested").

This program is a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA. These institutions are equal opportunity employers and program providers.


EARN "AOLCP" CREDENTIALS FROM NOFA:
At the next 4-day / 30 hour course for the:

The NOFA Accreditation in Organic Land Care

HELD ONLY 3x PER YEAR! NEXT COURSES:
November 6-9  - Unity, ME
February 2018 - Norwich, CT

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program schedule for 2017 and early 2018 is set! Let all the land care pros and gardening friends you know that these 4-day courses can be a game changer for you and your business. The NOFA Organic Land Care accreditation program will educate and prepare you to offer organic services to your clients. We provide the tools and resources needed for a successful organic program and you will join the thousands of NOFA trained pros and have an opportunity to join the 500+ ‘NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs)’ working in over 20 states. These people maintain this trusted credential and use it to grow their businesses by tapping into the fast-growing organic land care market.

LEARN MORE: www.organiclandcare.net or contact Jeremy Pelletier at the CT NOFA office. To be added to a contact list for organic land care training programs, let us know by email: ctnofa@ctnofa.org

 

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REGIONAL EVENT CALENDAR (click here)

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CSAs: Community Supported Agriculture
EAT FRESH FROM THE FARM!

Reserve a 2017 CSA share of local veggies now! If you like local food, you'll love CSAs ~ they are like a subscription for the coming harvest. CSA members receive a weekly or bi-weekly assortment of seasonal vegetables delivered fresh from the farm. Later Winter tends to be when farmers sell shares and eventually, they run out. To find farms with CSAs near you, click below for our list of members. Simply find a farm with CSA drop sites near you and sign up directly with the farmer.
Happy eating and send a few pictures of your farm shares someday!

Click here for our list of Farm Members with CSAs

 

LOCAL FARMS & COMMUNITY GARDENS:
ARE YOU USING ONLY ORGANIC WAYS?

Sign and post the CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge at your farm stand or business so customers know you're using the most ecologically sound farming practices. Plus, your farm will be list on CT NOFA so new customers can find you!

To get started, review the Farmer's Pledge, be sure you meet the guidelines, then simply print, sign, and send it in!

 

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CT NOFA's 35th Annual Organic
Food, Farm, & Garden Conference

THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2017 A GREAT GATHERING!

Checkout last year's event, vendors, and sponsors here. Our next conference is planned for early March 2018.

2017 CT NOFA Winter Conference!

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2017 Farm & Food Guide
For your shopping pleasure!

Our comprehensive county-by-county guide to Connecticut's local, organic, and Farmer's Pledge farms. You'll also find farmers' market details, restaurants, and other businesses who support CT NOFA's organic mission.

Printed and mailed to members annually.

Click here or on cover above for the 2017 Farm & Food Guide (PDF)


CT NOFA thanks New Morning Market for generously underwriting the 2017 Farm & Food Guide!

For organic shopping made easy, visit their store in Woodbury, CT. Grab a quick lunch and enjoy a wide selection of organic produce, health & beauty items, and all types of responsibly-sourced goodies and gifts. www.newmorn.com


FRIENDS OR MARKETS WANT COPIES?
We can mail or drop a box of Farm & Food Guides at your farm or business. Just let us know! ctnofa@ctnofa.org

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Go Organic!
At Home, In Office, At School
with a NOFA-accredited
Organic Land Care Professional.

Use our 'search engine' to find a NOFA pro near you today!

To find a local organic landscaping service, click here: http://nofa.organiclandcare.net

LEARN ORGANIC LAWN CARE ONLINE!
NOFA's Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
This 8-hour online course is a great way to get up speed for doing your own lawn, as professional development landscapers, school staff, town land managers and anyone else who wants to get started down the road to non-toxic land care. Start today at: www.organiclandcare.net

4-DAY NOFA Acceditation Course
In Organic Land Care

Offered 3x per year in February / August / November
Earn professional creditials while you learn new organic techniques for landscaping and gardening. The NOFA OLC program is now celebrating its 15th year of training! Ideal for pros and for conservation buffs, gardeners, consultants, teachers, municipal workers, groundskeepers, and more! NOFA Accredited OLC Professionals are listed online to be found by consumers seeking organic services.

To learn about the next 4-day course and/or to read the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, visit: www.organiclandcare.net

CT NOFA: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut
126 Derby Avenue, Derby, CT 06418
| phone: (203) 308-2584 | ctnofa@ctnofa.org