CT NOFA eNewsletter
March 24, 2007
In this Issue:
August 10 to 12- NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA - www.nofamass.org
August 16, 2007- NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course - www.organiclandcare.net
September 9, 2007 - Taste! Organic Connecticut, Topmost Herb Farm, Coventry, CT - www.ctnofa.org
Volunteer for CT NOFA -Featured Positions
Work for CT NOFA
NOFA Organic Land Care Program Hiring a Program Manager
Conservation Grazing Workshop DVD Available
Coventry Regional Farmers' Market is accepting applications
We are currently seeking applications from producers of Bread/Baked Goods; Dairy; Farm-Fresh Produce; Flowers; Herbal Vinegars; Pickles; Mustards; Meat; Plants; Seeds; Sauces; Salsas; Spice Mixes; Natural Beverages; Prepared Foods; Seafood; Poultry; and Other Specialty Products. For information on vending, performing or volunteering, please call (860) 742-1419, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.coventryfarmersmarket.com
The Connecticut Easter Basket
Renewable Energy Workshops
Please let me know of your interest in these two sessions, so that I can determine the location. Probably in the Brooklyn area. Thanks, Joyce Meader (860-774-9600) email@example.com
Connecticut Legislative News
USDA ANNOUNCES NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR ENERGY
EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY LOANS AND GRANTS
The Administration’s farm bill proposals recommend a more than $1.6 billion increase in renewable energy related funding. This includes a $2.1 billion loan guarantee program, a $500 million bioenergy and bioproducts research program, $500 million for alternative energy and energy efficiency grants, and other initiatives. Details are available at www.usda.gov/farm bill.
Applications for grants must be completed and submitted to the appropriate USDA Rural Development state office postmarked no later than May 18. The deadline for submitting loan applications as well as for loan and grant combinations is July 2. For more information, refer to the announcement in the March 22 Federal Register or contact any state Rural Development office. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
Local USDA Rural Development Offices:
Science and Censorship
From Integrity in Science Watch. lobbyist Philip Cooney yesterday admitted making 181 editing changes to climate change reports while serving as chief of staff for the Council on Environmental Quality. In sworn testimony before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Cooney said he relied on a 2001 report prepared by the National Academy of Sciences. "I had the authority and responsibility to make recommendations to the documents in question, under an established interagency review process," Cooney said. Cooney spent 15 years working as a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute before assuming his role at the .
Several Democrats questioned Cooney's objectivity. "When I look at the role you played at API and at the to the heads of 11 agencies last week asking how they handle media requests for scientific information. The letters were prompted in part by revelations earlier this month that the Fish and Wildlife Service had employees in Alaska not to discuss climate change, polar bears, or sea ice while traveling in countries around the Arctic region. The House last week passed a whistleblower protection act that would prohibit political appointees and high-ranking agency officials from interfering with government scientists' right to publish and speak out on public issues., they seem virtually identical," Chairman (D-Calif.) said. The issue of censorship is also being pursued by the House Science and Technology Committee, which sent
A article criticizing the science behind the global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" cited several skeptics without noting their industry ties, including , , , , and.
GLOBAL WARMING PUTS ORGANIC ON THE FRONT BURNER
Looking at agricultural change through a global warming lens provides a win-win deal for everyone at lower costs that today's bail-outs and subsidies of schlock food, says Rod MacRae, leading international policy wonk in the area of organic transition policies, and author of a newly-released report that provides gruesome detail on simple measures that could give Ontario farmers a foothold in the booming billion-dollar-a-year organic market at the farmers' doorway. Read the whole article at: http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007-02-15/news_story3.php
Cultivate Partnership with your Trees, Plants, Garden or Crops
With trees, plants, gardens and crops, people have three choices: (1) take this unfolding of new life for granted, or (2) watch it unfold and be in awe of it, or (3) watch in awe AND be in partnership with it! Adding partnership to the wonderment is a most beautiful and easy option for you. Anyone can do it! How?
Begin in a nature setting–your yard, garden, land or go to park. Or, you may go to a greenhouse or be with a single plant in your home. Get into a “quiet space” of your own. Listen to the quiet of Nature, not the noise outside. Let yourself be caught up in the quiet inside–not the bustle of everyday life. Let your heart begin to feel the awe of everything around you–notice its beauty and majesty as new life comes forth. Start to notice what is going on for the trees or plants: the buds are swelling, the color of stems is changing. Observe any wintering-over problems. For example, buds may have swelled in last December’s warmth then froze with late January and February’s extreme cold. Note whether the trees have few buds or have broken branches from ice and snow. Quiet observation leads to deeper perception.
Let your heart feel the Growth Energy surging up the tree or plant with its sap. Put your hands on the tree with feet firmly on the soil. Or put fingers gently on a houseplant. Patiently, be there with it in your quiet space. You may begin to feel the energy in your heart or hands. It may feel like serenity in your heart or tingling in your hands…or both! Or, you may visualize some image or hear some inner music or beat. Even if you think you feel nothing, just observe the details. Whatever you experience, just be with it.
From your heart, tell the tree or plant that you want to be in partnership with it…now and throughout the growing season. Then, pause. You may feel/sense/know/hear/see a message from it. It may send you a personal message. Or, it may be telling you what it needs or wants. Ah-hah!! The partnership has begun! Be engaged! Start to come from the plant’s point of view, letting go of your human perspective. What does the tree need or want? What is the plant telling you? Just be open to what’s going on and the answer will come either at that moment or later. In whatever way, your overall awareness will be heightened and you’ll pay closer attention to the tree, plant, garden or crop in the future.
What’s the possibility? Create a beautiful landscape or garden together? Create a bountiful crop? Create a lush environment that is peaceful or fun?! In your partnership, you will determine what it becomes. Let it unfold. You have the opportunity to feel/sense/know/hear/see messages from the trees, plants, garden or crops “coming from the plant’s point of view” and have the plants give back to you, too. Continue to meet in this partnership regularly! Enjoy the results while exchanging gratitude and love as your partnership matures with the seasons.
Part 2 of this article will continue with more information coming from the plant’s point of view as well as practical help and partnership suggestions. Jim Conroy, PhD, Plant Pathology and Founder/President, has developed an alternative health care system for fixing stressed or declining trees and plants from the inside-out! He provides the service to homeowners, growers and plant professionals. Ms. Basia Alexander, General Manager/Instructor, joins Dr. Conroy in teaching Tree Centrics™ and Tree Whispering™ classes to tree and plant lovers and plant professionals, too. For more information about the services and classes, contact Plant Health Alternatives, LLC, P.O. Box 90, Morris Plains, NJ, www.PlantHealthAlternatives.com, 201-650-1231. © 2007 Plant Health Alternatives, LLC
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