CT NOFA eNewsletter
January 24, 2006
v.3 no.1
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In this Issue:

Upcoming CT NOFA Events
January 31, February 1, 2, 5 and 6, 2007, 5 Day Course in Organic Land Care
February 10, Community Farming Conference
March 10, 2007, Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference
Other Events of Interest

Community Board
NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange
Volunteer for CT NOFA
Work for CT NOFA
Farmer Wanted in Somers, NY
Business Manager Wanted
Landscape Designer Wanted
Organic Landscaping Interns
Job Opening: Highstead – Director of Conservation, Operations, and Education
NOFA Summer Conference to host Mini-Conferences for like minded organizations
Couple Sought to Operate Organic Farm in PA
Farm Manager of the Raymond-Ambler Farm Wanted
LEARN TO FARM
CT Climate Change awards - seeking nominations
Rebuilding Aid for Adams Farm

Connecticut News and Stories
New Webzine on New England Food and Farms
Plainville's getting rid of pesticides on town properties
Organic growth: Natural foods company expanding
Farmers All Manic
CitySeed co-founder helps feed poor

National and International News and Stories
Report: Certified Organic Farmland Found in Every State
MONSANTO'S PESTICIDE BREEDING GIANT SUPERWEEDS

Other Items of Interest
What is in your milk?



Upcoming CT NOFA Events

January 31, February 1, 2, 5 and 6, 2007
5 Day Course in Organic Land Care,
New Haven, Connecticut. An intensive course on organic landscaping. Optional test at end for NOFA Organic Land Care Professional Accreditation. http://www.organiclandcare.net/events/6thannual5day.php

February 10
Community Farming Conference, Speakers:  Lynda Simkins of the Natick Community Organic Farm, on combining educational programs and farming, and Elizabeth Henderson, author of Sharing the Harvest, on starting up a Community Supported Agriculture project.  Mercy Center 167 Neck Road in Madison CT. http://www.ctnofa.org/events/CommunityFarming.php

March 10, 2007
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference with keynote speakers Nancy Jack Todd and John Todd http://www.ctnofa.org/events/CaOC.php

To view upcoming NOFA Related Events go to: http://www.nofa.org/calendar/index.php
To post an organic event, go to
http://www.nofa.org/calendar/insert.php

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Community Board

NOFA Website hosts NOFA Interstate Farmer to Farmer Exchange
A free forum for the exchange of information, products and services. Go to http://www.nofa.org/exchange/index.php to see job postings and follow the links at the bottom to post your own job announcement.

Volunteer for CT NOFA

  • New! Hang Flyers in your Community - Print out flyers for our upcoming events and post at your local library, coffee shop, doctor's or vetrinary office, food store, etc. Be sure to ask permission to post before hanging flyers. Current flyers: Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference.
  • CT NOFA Event Help Next CT NOFA event is the Community Farming Conference on February 10. Working members pay only $20 a year if they commit to volunteering at CT NOFA events for 5 hours. Find out more here. Contact Denise D'Agostino for more information at d.dagostino@snet.net
  • NOFA Organic Land Care Program Event Help
    The next NOFA Organic Land Care Program is the 5 Day Course in Organic Land Care Jan 31, Feb 1, 2, 5 & 6. Contact Bill Duesing for more information at ctnofa@ctnofa.org.
  • Volunteer outreach coordinator Research events that we can display at, Contact them for permission to display, Develop outreach materials Go to events or help schedule other volunteers to go to event. Contact Denise D'Agostino for more information at d.dagostino@snet.net
  • Reporter Goes to CT NOFA events with camera and takes pictures, Gets people’s names that are in pictures and permission to use pictures, Writes stories for Gleanings/ press releases/ website. Contact Denise D'Agostino for more information at d.dagostino@snet.net
  • Distribution Coordinator Annual guide distribution - April through July - coordinates other volunteers statewide. Periodic checking in of distribution points to see if they need more materials. Contact Denise D'Agostino for more information at d.dagostino@snet.net
  • News Watch Reads the newspapers, watches TV and listens to the radio for mention of CT NOFA or its members. Clips articles and records shows and archives them. Formatting to digital files would be ideal for website and permanent saving. This can be done by the same or different volunteer. Contact Denise D'Agostino for more information at d.dagostino@snet.net
  • Join a committee:
    Taste! Organic Connecticut - contact Jim Roby at jroby7088@sbcglobal.net
    Fundraising - contact Janet Heller at janet.heller@snet.net
    Organic Land Care - contact Kim Stoner at kimberly.stoner@po.state.ct.us
    Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference - contact Jennifer Brown at jennifer@ctnofa.org

Work for CT NOFA

  • CT NOFA is hiring a bookkeeper. Please send resume to Bill Duesing at CT NOFA, PO Box 164, Stevenson, CT 06491. Job description to follow.
  • CT NOFA is hiring the Gleanings Editor. Please send resume to Bill Duesing at CT NOFA, PO Box 164, Stevenson, CT 06491. Job description to follow.

Farmer Wanted in Somers, NY
Farmer for public farm in Somers, NY. Thorough knowledge of animal husbandry, land management, and operation and maintenance of farm equipment. Must have good supervisory skills, enjoy working with people and interacting with the public. Call 914-864-7284 or fax resume to 914-864-7290.

Business Manager Wanted
Organic landscaping company in Fairfield County seeks Business Manager. Responsibilities may include sourcing and pricing materials, inventory, measuring and analyzing jobsites, drafting complex work proposals, interacting with clients, contractors, designers and field supervisors. Also needs to be comfortable with research, payroll, invoicing, finance reports, sales, and customer relations. Must possess excellent computer skills; be proficient in Excel, Word, and Quickbooks Pro. Ideal candidate must be good with numbers and enthusiastic to learn all about, and be able to sell organic land care and ecological landscape design. Landscape design experience a plus. Good salary and benefits. Flexible schedule. Please send resume and cover letter to dina@healwithnature.com.

Landscape Designer Wanted
Landscape Designer sought for a Fairfield County landscape company at the forefront of organic/ecological design, installation and maintenance. Must have experience developing base maps, plot plans, and master plans, plant and material sourcing/pricing, possess an excellent knowledge of native plants and how to use them correctly, and be firmly committed to developing sustainable landscapes, only. Great opportunity to utilize your environmental design skills and learn from leaders in the field. Work on a contractual basis. Hours flexible. Compensation to be discussed. Knowledge of organics a plus. Please send cover letter and resume to Plantscapes, Inc. by e-mail (plantscapes@snet.net) or fax (203-382-0777). No calls please.

Organic Landscaping Interns
Organic landscaping company in Fairfield County seeks enthusiastic interns, eager to learn by getting dirty. Students interested in protecting the environment and idealists welcome. We are looking for able-bodied folk, willing to work
hard and learn a lot through on-site, hands-on training in the latest methods. Company president is a founding member of the Organic Land Care (OLC) program, developed first standards to OLC, and teaches an OLC course. Projects focus on wetland restoration, lawn replacement, native plantings, etc. Looking for all or part of the 2007 growing season, March through October, 3 days or more per week, 8 hours plus a day, $8 per hour, uniforms provided. This is a resume-building work experience. Learn about the organic landscaping business, native and ecological design, and brewing and applying compost tea. Please send cover letter and resume to Plantscapes, Inc. by e-mail (plantscapes@snet.net) or fax (203-382-0777). No calls please.

Job Opening: Highstead – Director of Conservation, Operations, and Education
Highstead, a regional conservation organization and 100-acre reserve in southwestern Connecticut, seeks a Director of Conservation, Operations, and Education to manage the organization, maintain and expand its infrastructure, and develop education, outreach, and communications programs in support of its ecological research, conservation, and outreach mission. To apply: send a curriculum vitae, description of relevant skills and work experiences, statement of management philosophy, and three confidential letters of recommendation to: Director Search Committee, Highstead,Post Office Box 1097, Redding Center, CT 06875. Application deadline: February 15, 2007.

NOFA Summer Conference to host Mini-Conferences for like minded organizations
On August 10th, 2007 at Hampshire College in Amherst, the NOFA Summer Conference will be hosting mini-conferences for other like-minded organizations. From 8am to noon, we will offer facility space to your organization to hold a mini-conference/ meeting. Here’s what we can offer: * Plenary meeting space for your group. * l20 words on the front of the summer conference registration form and 100 on the back to explain your program (20,000 registration forms are printed and sent out). * A line on the registration form for people to register. * Two pages in the summer conference program book

The charge per person will be $20 for adults and $15 for teens and children. Programming for teens and children will be provided by us. Camping, dorms and meals are extra. Hampshire will be offering breakfast and lunch that day, but these will be non-organic meals and participants must pre-register for them. If your group has extra program costs, and wants to build them into the registration cost, we can negotiate that with you and write you a check at the end of the conference for the extra money that is raised on the registration.

If your group wants to have specific workshops during the Friday afternoon slots that relate to your topic, you should get in touch with Adrienne Shelton, our workshop coordinator by January 31 to discuss setting up such workshops. Adrienne can be reached at work: 413-625-9503, Home phone: (413) 625-9432; Adrienne@redgatefarm.org.

In order to participate in the mini-conferences we need to have all details worked out by March 1. So, contacting me by February 15 gives us 2 weeks to work out the details. If you firm up by January 31 the information can be added to our mini-poster which reaches 10,000 people. I look forward to some interesting collaborations! Julie Rawson (978) 355-2853 Julie@nofamass.org

Couple Sought to Operate Organic Farm in PA
We are seeking an experienced couple, with a deep love of land and animals, to operate our certified organic farm near Susquehanna, PA., located ½ hour southeast of Binghamton, NY, and 1 hour northeast of Scranton, PA. If interested, please send a resume and letter about your interests and goals to Shary and Gary Skoloff at sskoloff@comcast.net. For a complete description, visit: http://www.nofa.org/exchange/posts.php#281

Farm Manager of the Raymond-Ambler Farm Wanted
Ambler Farm FRIENDS OF AMBLER FARM Post Office Box 7442 Wilton CT 06897 www.amblerfarm.org
Job Description: Nonprofit located in Wilton, CT seeks a full-time, year-round, salaried farm manager of 18-acre historic farm property to start up and manage 2+ tillable acres of production using organic methods and to support a strong educational mission. Applicants please forward resume and references to farmmanager@amblerfarm.org by February 15, 2007. Salary and Benefits: $20,000 - $30,000 per annum, commensurate with experience. Housing provided on site as condition of employment. Friends of Ambler Farm (FOAF) provides an employee benefit package including health insurance and 2-week paid vacation (during the off-season). See http://www.nofa.org/exchange/posts.php#283 for a complete description

LEARN TO FARM
Three apprenticeships available on certified organic vegetable farm in western CT for 2007 season, April through mid November. Help plant, cultivate, harvest, and market produce through a 300 share CSA and farmers market. Opportunity to learn the agricultural and business skills you will need to run your own farm. Compensation includes private room in apprentice house, farm produce, $800 monthly stipend plus scheduled raise and year end bonus. Send letter and resume to Paul Bucciaglia, Fort Hill Farm, 18 Fort Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776, www.forthillfarm.com.

CT Climate Change awards - seeking nominations
The Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Climate Change Leadership Awards Program (see attached letter from Commissioner McCarthy). The program recognizes CT individuals and organizations that have taken exemplary actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nominations for 2007 awards are being accepted now through March 2, 2007. The Governor's Steering Committee seeks nominations from the following: students, educators, businesses, municipalities and government entities, institutions (colleges, unversities, hospitals, schools), non-governmental organizations, and individuals. The awards ceremony will take place in April 2007 in conjunction with Earth Day activities.

It would be great to see more nominations from farming interests, organic landcare, etc. Please forward this information to members of your organization and other interested parties and consider submitting a nomination for all the progress UTC has made. Nomination forms and more info on the program can be found at http://ctclimatechange.com/CTClimateChangeLeadershipAwards.html

Rebuilding Aid for Adams Farm
Athol, MA. A December 21, late-night blaze completely destroyed one of the last remaining USDA inspected processing facility/slaughterhouses in the state of Massachusetts. Also included in the loss were the Adams Farm retail and office space. The farm has been in the family since 1919 and has been an integral part of the agricultural community by providing services so critical to the survival and livelihood of farmers throughout New England and New York State. Most have built their business models with the Adams Farm facility in mind. The farm also provided fresh local provisions to many through their retail and wholesale business. The Adams family is planning to rebuild with the help of many, although it is too soon to say when. Link to Worcester Telegram article: http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061221/NEWS/612210404/1003/NEWS03

The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce is assisting the Adams family compile a customer list that was lost in the fire. Persons who were patrons of the business are asked to contact Steve Raymond at the Chamber at (978) 249-3849 or leave a message if no answer. Also, e-mail can be sent to nqcc1@verizon.net. Persons are asked to provide Name, Address, Town and Zip Code.

Further, a fund has been set up at Athol Savings Bank to benefit the farm and get them up and running as soon as possible. Donations can be sent to: Adams Farm Fund, c/o Athol Savings Bank, 444 Main St., Athol, MA. 01331


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Connecticut News and Stories
New Webzine on New England Food and Farms
I wanted to let members know about a new webzine promoting New England food and farms: www.NewEnglandGrown.com.

Plainville's getting rid of pesticides on town properties
By: Jennette Brodeur, Herald Correspondent 01/11/2007. PLAINVILLE - Even in the throes of winter, Plainville is getting "greener" all the time, thanks to the efforts of the Plainville Conservation Commission. The 11-member commission has worked hard to ensure that about 167 acres of town properties will remain free of pesticides and free of synthetic fertilizers. The Town Council voted unanimously last month to accept the commission's request to keep the town-owned properties free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Plainville is the second town in the state to pass a voluntary resolution to not use pesticides on its properties, according to Jason Rupaka, vice chairman of the Plainville Conservation Commission. Rupaka said Milford was the first in the state to adopt the resolution.

Plainville also is home to the pesticide-free Paderewski Park, one of only nine in the nation that does not use any pesticides, Rupaka said. "We've come a long way," Rupaka said. "Connecticut was the first state in the country to ban pesticides on its elementary school properties and our Board of Education has already asked the Town Council to look into other types of lawn care on the rest of its school properties. I am very happy with what we've been able to do," Rupaka said. "Our state is the most progressive and Plainville is one of the most progressive towns in the state to have a voluntary nonuse of pesticides." Town manager Robert Lee said the town's voluntary program is designed to reduce the amount of pollution that goes into the Pequabuck and Quinnipiac rivers in town. Lee said the commission has asked the town to stop using pesticides on six town properties. Rupaka told the council that 49 homeowners have committed more than 16 acres as pesticide free so far as part of the commission's Clean Rivers Project.

The Clean Rivers Project is an expansion of the group's Freedom Lawn Initiative, a group of Plainville citizens who have committed to not using pesticides on their lawns. Rupaka said this is not something that is mandated, but is strictly a voluntary program. The commission is also targeting property owners whose properties abut the rivers in town. Rupaka said there are 34 property owners with land next to the Pequabuck River with the town owning six of those properties. After the commission works to free the areas near the Pequabuck River of pesticides, Rupaka said then it would focus on the 80 properties abutting the Quinnipiac River. The commission is sending out letters and information to all property owners along the two rivers hoping to persuade them to stop using pesticides on their properties. The commission plans to ask condominium associations to consider organic land-care maintenance. "By the end of 2007, we're hoping to have everyone covered," Rupaka said. For more information on the Plainville Conservation Commission, the Freedom Lawn Initiative and the Clean Rivers Project, call Rupaka at (860) 793-0221 or visit his at: www.rupaka.com.

Organic growth: Natural foods company expanding
New Haven Register. CT NOFA Member, Jane Maher grows her organic food business, SnootyFood. Read the whole article here.

Farmers All Manic
New Haven Advocate. Cherry trees blooming. Sheep twisting ankles. Early spring wreaks havoc on local farms. Featuring Northfordy Farm, Old Solar Farm and Mill River Valley Gardens. Read the whole article here.

CitySeed co-founder helps feed poor
New Haven Register. CT NOFA Board Member and CitySeed co-founder, Jennifer McTiernan brings farmers markets and affordable fresh food to New Haven. Read the whole article here.

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National and International News and Stories

Report: Certified Organic Farmland Found in Every State
As of 2005, all 50 states had certified organic farmland, according to a recent report issued by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). According to the report, U.S. organic farmland consisted of 2.3 million acres of cropland and 1.7 million acres of rangeland and pasture-to organic production systems. ERS collected data from USDA-accredited State and private certification groups to calculate certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the United States. The data is presented in 13 tables showing the change in U.S. organic acreage and livestock numbers from 1992 to 2005. Data for 1997 and 2000-2005 are presented by state and commodity. Data for 2000-2005 include the number of certified operations, by state. http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Organic/

MONSANTO'S PESTICIDE BREEDING GIANT SUPERWEEDS
The discovery of a pesticide-resistant weed that can grow up to 10 feet tall has cotton farmers in the Southern U.S. worried. "It is potentially the worst threat since the boll weevil," said Alan York, a weed scientist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The boll weevil destroyed cotton crops in the early 1900s and caused farmers to switch to alternatives such as peanuts, until the beetle was eradicated in some states 70 years later. Now a new adversary has arrived: a pesticide- Resistant pigweed, known as Palmer amaranth, which has been confirmed in 10 North Carolina counties, four Georgia counties and is suspected in Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas. In Georgia, amaranth literally took over some fields and the cotton had to be cut down, rather than harvested. Scientist blame the pesticide resistance on the overuse of Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate). "This is something we do look at very seriously," said Monsanto representative Michelle Starke. Learn more here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_3639.cfm

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Other Items of Interest

What is in your milk?
CHICAGO, Illinois, January 3, 2007 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and world renowned author, has announced the publication of his new book, "What's in Your Milk?", a powerful expose of the dangers of Monsanto's genetically engineered (rBGH) milk, and the company's no-holds-barred conspiracy to suppress this information. Monsanto, supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), insist that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk, and that it is safe for consumers. This is blatantly false: rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its Posilac label. www.world-wire.com/news/0701030001.html

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