2008 Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting
Come to CT NOFA’s
Organic Harvest Celebration
In New Haven
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Who: You! And, bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to introduce newcomers to CT NOFA’s wonderful people, great work and tasty food. Free and open to the public.
Where: Jones Auditorium, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven.
When: Saturday, November 1, 2008, from 10 to 3:30; come for any or all of the events.
Schedule of Events
10:00 - 1:00 Organic farmers market, displays and book sale
This is great opportunity to stock up on the delicious bounty from NOFA farmers who usually bring potatoes, onions, garlic, squash, greens, apples, cider, eggs, maple syrup, wool, yarn and much more to sell.
Clean out those book shelves and donate your used farming, gardening and sustainable lifestyle books for the book sale!
12:00 - 1:30 Pot luck lunch
One of the most delicious meals you’ll have. Bring something you like to make and share and the recipe or a description. It doesn’t have to be all organic or vegetarian. Something from your farm or garden is always appreciated. Please bring your own plate, cup and utensils in order to minimize paper and plastic waste. We will provide beverages.
1:30 - 2:00 Annual meeting
We will report on the year’s activities, elect officers and board members and get input from members.
2:00 - 3:00 Keynote Speaker
Claire Criscuolo - chef, writer, activist - "Good Food is Never Cheap, and Cheap Food is Never Good" : Balancing the costs with social
responsibilities when buying organic food, eco friendly paper and cleaning supplies for a
restaurant. When to choose organic even when it's not produced as locally as
Claire and Frank Criscuolo are the culinary pair who in 1975 founded the highly successful Claire’s Corner Copia, a New Haven landmark and vegetarian restaurant with a national reputation. Both certified culinary professionals, Claire is also a registered nurse and Frank is a food photographer. Their shared passion for delicious homemade foods coupled with her interest in nutrition and how it relates to the possible prevention of diseases, lead the way to this restaurant business.
In 2004, they opened Basta Trattoria, featuring organic and sustainable Italian foods. This restaurant is located right next door to Claire’s Corner Copia. Ardent supporters of organic and sustainable farming, Claire and Frank proudly buy and serve as much locally grown produce and products as possible. This year, Claire and Frank are growing the organic arugula and heirloom tomatoes for their restaurants from their home and exhibition gardens, Giardino del Mare, as part of The Growing Connection, after helping to bring this United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization program to three New Haven schools.
Philanthropy and community support is a big part of the ongoing mission at both restaurants, and the success of both restaurants has allowed the Criscuolo’s to collect and donate many thousands of dollars to charities that include: Children in Placement, Aids Project New Haven, Clifford Beers Clinic, Domestic Violence Services, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Haitian Relief, The New Haven Diaper Bank, St. Jude’s, CT NOFA, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House, and the Connecticut Food Bank.
3:00 CT NOFA Member of the Year award presentation
For more information or to participate in the farmers market, call the CT NOFA phone (203) 888-5146 or visit the website: www.ctnofa.org.
CT NOFA has been Cultivating an Organic Connecticut since 1982!
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut is a non-profit educational, membership organization for everyone interested in organic food, gardening, farming or land care.
Directions to Jones Auditorium:
From I-95 North or South: Exit onto I-91 north in New Haven. Take Exit 6 (left exit) to Willow Street. Follow instructions below
From I-91 South: Take Exit 6 in New Haven to Willow Street. Follow instructions below
From I-84: Take Route 691 to I-91 south to Exit 6 in New Haven. Follow instructions below
Detailed instructions: Turn right onto Willow Street and proceed to the end. Turn right onto Whitney Avenue. Take the third left off Whitney Avenue (Huntington Street) and proceed up the hill. The Experiment Station is on the right just past the first cross street. Jones Auditorium is on the second floor of the building in the middle of the complex.