Taste! Organic Connecticut
Claire's Corner Copia
North Country Organics
Craft Vendors and Farmers Market: Main Street
Food! Food! Food!: Food Tent in front of Historic House
Will Hare's Roaming Bagpipes
A great start to a great day!
Kidsville Kuckoo Revue,
The Singasaurus, Jason the Jester and Fairy Princess Emma perform dance-along, sing-along music for the whole family to enjoy.
Call Bruce John at 860-429-4220
Why Keep Bees? Bruce Kittredge
Bruce addresses today’s crisis in beekeeping and offers advice on how we
may help. Learn the importance of honeybees in agriculture, the social order
of the hive, products from the hive and requirements for beginning
many years as a computer professional, Bruce
now pursues his passion for producing quality produce and raw local honey
at Bird Song Farm in Hampton.
Planting at the Edge of the Woods, Pamela Quayle
Landscaping with native flora and other interesting woodland plants often
alleviates the difficulties in that transitional area from shade to sun. Learn
tips and techniques from a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional as she
presents some of her favorite plants.
A practicing herbalist who formulates
her own line of natural herbal products, The Herb Gatherer also grows many
native perennials and manages native habitat for the Haddam Land Trust.
Discover the magic of the green world in the plants beneath your feet. Whether used as food or as medicine, all have been useful allies thru the centuries in most cultures. Learn to identify them and hear their stories.
Music from Celtic and American traditions as well as the Canadian Maritime Provinces, performed by Will O'Hare and Gary Palmer.
www.fullgael.com or call 860-429-6396
Beginning to Garden, James Roby
Have you always wanted to have a small garden but didn’t know how to get
started? Dreaming over the seed catalogs doesn’t easily translate into the
reality of a productive garden. Jim will discuss the process, as well as best
organic practices and offer tips from his own experience.
carpenter and vegetable grower, Jim also finds time to mentor youth groups
as well as serving as CT NOFA President and Chairman of Taste! Organic.
Home Cheese Making, Jane Kerstetter
As goat milk becomes evermore popular and readily available, learn of the
delights of the truly delicious goat milk cheese. At this workshop, Jane will
discuss making the most basic and most beautiful fresh chevre from goat
milk. By day, Dr. Jane Kerstetter teaches nutrition-dietetics at UCONN in the
Department of Allied Health Sciences. By night, she is a self-taught artisanal
goat milk cheese maker.
Weed Walk* Entrance Tent
Watch out for the Stileristas Stilt Walking Troupe, which will be taking things up a notch throughout the afternoon.
Traditional songs as well as familiar favorites, played by Jim Romanow, Robin Lake, Gary Nass, Duke YOur and Jason Altieri.
Call Alice at The Coop at 860-456-3611
Sophisticats String Band
Everything from 1930's selections to blues to original compostions, played by Lorraine Liswell, Bill Liswell, Kevin Gallagher and Tom Nielsen.
www.BandLMusic.com or call 860-429-2278
Local Food, Far Away Flavors, Jane Mahr
With an amazing bounty from your local farmer’s markets and farm stands,
and a few simple additional ingredients, you can create your own exotic,
flavorful, healthy and easy organic dishes. We’ll make a coconut curry dish
and a stir fry with black bean sauce and garlic. Come ready to taste!
the owner and CEO of Snootyfood LLC, a manufacturer of natural and
organic specialty foods in Oxford. She is a member of the CT Specialty Food Association
and the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.
Extending the Season, Bryan O’Hara
How exciting to be able to grow vegetables both earlier and later than our
tricky New England climate normally permits! Learn the method of making
use of hoop tunnels and row covers from a master of crop rotation. Bryan also discusses winter-hardy crop varieties.
More than 20 years a farmer, Bryan is well versed in the stewardship of his land
at Tobacco Road Farm and reaps the benefits of good soil management. He and his family sell vegetables, maple syrup and honey at several farmers markets.
Organic Pest Management, Rob Durgy
A slide presentation and lecture provide insight into reducing the
environmental impact of pest control while maintaining and managing soil
Rob is the horticultural diagnostician at the Home and Garden
Education Center at UCONN, concentrating on solving problems for the
homeowner and gardener, and was formerly on the Integrated Pest
Management team, providing assistance to farmers. Currently the leader of the
organic farming and gardening program and served for five years as
certification administrator for CT NOFA.
Weed Walk* Entrance Tent
A 10-piece traditional Ugandan folk music group brings excitement to the end of the day.
www.echouganda.com or call 860-933-4656
Soil Sense, Dawn Pettinelli
“Healthy soils mean healthy plants” has always been the credo of the organic
grower. Dawn will discuss managing soil quality and fertility while addressing
strategies for achieving the optimum growing medium.
Dawn is an Extension
Educator in the Department of Plant Science at UCONN and manages the
Home and Garden Education Center and the Soil Nutrient Analysis
Laboratory. A former Master Gardener Coordinator and Sturbridge Village
horticulturist, she also writes gardening columns and is active involved in outreach
How We Grow Garlic at Wayne’s Organic Garden, Wayne Hansen
as a great garlic grower, Wayne is sure to lace his workshop with humor as
he provides valuable instructions for growing this herb, which dates back to
the time of the pyramid builders. Wayne's wife Marilyn joins him to demonstrate how to make a garlic
Wayne has been a Certified Organic grower since 1989. Wayne often remarks that he is able to
pursue his passion for farming only because Marilyn makes a
Seed Saving: The Basics, Bryan Connolly
Bryan’s slide presentation will be an overview of general seed saving
practices and principles. He addresses the fundamentals of growing good
seeds, plant selection, pollination, seed cleaning and seed storage.
Connolly is author of The Wisdom of Plant Heritage: Organic Seed Production
and Saving published by the NOFA interstate council. Bryan grows seeds for
FEDCO, Baker Creek, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
* Weeds walk led by members of the CT Herb Association.
Call the CT NOFA Office at (203) 888-5146 or email email@example.com