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Your donations and membership fuel our work providing organic-themed workshops, advocacy, and events that celebrate local foods, farmers and ecological heroes.  





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Real Grass vs. Fake Is A No-Brainer! 
Real Grass Is Cheaper & Safer 
 
On January 11, CT NOFA Executive Director Jeff Cordulack was invited by Greenwich, CT community members to speak against a town budget proposal that would allocate $5,000,000 for new fake turf fields at public middle schools. Over a dozen well informed Greenwich residents also spoke against the proposal.
 
Mr. Cordulack's pointed comments focused on the high financial cost of fake turf vs installing good grass fields. He argued that they could have great grass fields, like many Connecticut towns do, while saving millions of dollars that could be used to rip out existing fake turf fields that contain crumb rubber infill. He cited page 13 of the Turf Grass Resource Center report, "Natural Grass and Artificial Turf: Separating Myths and Facts ", as one of the many papers debunking the myth that fake turf is cheaper. That report estimates that real grass can be had for $1 to approximately $8 per square foot (depending on native soils vs sand caps) while fake turf is estimated to cost approximately $8 to $11 per square foot and has to be replaced every 5 to 10 years.



The evening's comments were covered by the Greenwich Free Press and quoted Jeff
Cordulack in the article.  

 

For facts sheets on the topic, visit:

National CSA Sign Up Day: Feb. 23  
... But why wait? Subscribe to one today!  

The best way to support local farms is by joining a CSA...and joining early! Celebrate Community Supported Agriculture by signing up with a farm before February 23rd and empower local farmers to grow all season long. Check out CT NOFA's county by county list of CSA farms: site.

MEMBERS: Your CSA farm not listed?
Let us know and we'll add you! Email us: ctnofa@ctnofa.org
Take Your Sweetie or Yourself To OrganiConn on Saturday, March 10!  
Get in on our current special until Valentines Day

Until February 15th, save $5 on OrganiConn: CT NOFA's 36th Annual Winter Conference at Western CT State U. on Saturday, March 10, 2018!

Join us March 10th to celebrate organic culture in Connecticut.
OrganiConn is the premier event for organic fans, farmers, gardeners, foodies, and families. Enjoy over 40 organic farm, garden, food, and organic advocacy workshops to choose from plus the keynote and special guests.

Workshops now posted on our brand new site. 
18 years & under: free (if pre-registered)
FARM VENDORS WANTED! JUST $50

OrganiConn Keynote:
Dave Chapman 


The Fight For Organic Integrity & What Savvy Organic Eaters Need To Know:

How the USDA Organic label has strayed from its origins, what that means to us, and how to identify foods grown with the original organic values. 

In the last ten years, we have seen explosive growth in demand for organic food. Certified organic sales reached $50billion in 2017. The very success of the National Organic Program has perhaps spelled its doom. We will try to understand what has happened to the National Organic Program (NOP), which has been the subject of a series of articles from the Washington Post exposing the failures of the USDA to protect organic integrity. As the NOP has redefined organic to suit the demands of corporate agriculture, the organic movement has woken up and begun a protest movement that continues to this day. The question is whether the National Organic Program and the organic movement are coming to a parting of the ways? As healthy soil becomes ever more significant in our ability to heal a broken water cycle and a warming planet, the need for leadership from the organic movement becomes critical. We will look at the fraud, the protests, how to identify truly organic growers, and try to understand what to do next to protect organic.

Check out the workshops and ticket deals online ($5 more at the door): ctnofa.org/winterconference
Agricultural Re$ource Fair 
This Saturday, February 10th (snow date: Feb 17th) 
8:30 am-1:30 pm 
Free event for current farmers and those who want to farm.  Farmers & Agriculture Service Providers pair up to give the real details on how hard the paperwork actually was, which eligibility requirements were the toughest to meet, what the surprises were along the way, and more!
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program - Federal funding to implement conservation practices. Farmer story: Marti Zhigailo of Melrose Place Farm, with Adam Maikshilo (USDA-NRCS).
  • Microloans Program - Federal credit for purchasing land and operating expenses. Farmer story: Jonathan Janeway of Sweet Acre Farm, with Ron Clark (USDA-FSA) 
  • Farmland Restoration Program - State funding to restore farmland into working condition. Farmer story: tba, with Kip Kolesinskas (for CT Dept. of Agriculture). 
  • Farm Transition Grants Program - State funding to expand/transition your farm into a new enterprise. Farmer story: Rachel Berg of Four Root Farm.
  • Online fundraising/ crowdsourcing - Fundraising for your farm's growth and capital projects. 
  • Legal Food Hub - free legal services for farmers and food entrepreneurs with Client story: Joey Listro (New Britain Roots) with Brian Fink (Legal Food Hub).
For more information, visit our Facebook event. To RSVP, email events@ctnofa.org
In the Capitol ~ Talking up carbon farming 

On Monday, February 5, executive director Jeff Cordulack and CT NOFA founder, Bill Duesing, met with state legislators in Hartford to encouraged them to take up CT NOFA's Healthy Soils legislation. If passed, this bill would incentivize 'regenerative' agricultural practices like multi-species cover cropping and no-till farming methods. These and other practices will help farmers resist drought and produce higher-quality crops. 

To support Jeff and Bill's efforts, start a CT NOFA membership or add a little donation online today: ctnofa.org/Donate
 
The Farm Transition Grant Program is a competitive matching grant program. The
 purpose of the program is to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives. Producers and agriculture cooperatives applying for this grant may be awarded up to $49,999 in matching funds. 

Grant guidelines and application are now available. Applications must be submitted by February 14, 2018.   For more information,  www.ct.gov/FarmTransitionGrant
FARMERS MARKET MANAGERS ~ SEND CHANGES TO THE DAYS & HOURS & DETAILS ~ Email updates to: farmandfoodguide@ctnofa.org or leave a voicemail in teh office at 203-308-2584.
 
The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit is an online resource designed to support farmers markets throughout the U.S. by providing market managers with open-source legal tools. This Toolkit will help farmers market leaders build and grow resilient and accessible farmers markets in their communities, while planning proactively to minimize their market's legal risk. To explore the Toolkit,
visit www.farmersmarketlegaltoolkit.org


Farm Members - We Need Pictures! 

If you're one of our awesome farm members, we need you to send us some pictures. Send us pictures of your land, your veggies, your equipment, your farm stands, etc. We want to feature your farms as much as possible online, in our Farm and Food Guide, and at our upcoming winter conference, OrganiConn. Send your pictures to farmandfoodguide@ctnofa.org. Thank you!
Co-founders Analiese Paik and Amy Kalafa are uniting, nurturing and growing a community dedicated to sustainable living in Connecticut. Sustainne is a search engine built to help consumers discover sustainable products and services in their area. The site enables business owners to quickly create attractive and dynamic profiles and is designed to help consumers easily find local products and services that align with their interests, values and lifestyles. Using a location and keyword search, visitors can find everything from organic dry cleaners to composting services, or simply browse business categories to explore and get inspired.

To check out this great new site, visit Sustainne online today!
Check them out!
UCONN's Solid Ground Workshops
Strengthening Our Farms Across Connecticut

There are many free classes coming up this winter. To see the full schedule of Solid Ground Farmer Training events, click here.
 
UCONN is pleased to offer one-on-one technical assistance with farmland soils and farmland seeking provided by, Consulting Conservation Scientist, Kip Kolesinskas. To apply,  click here .
Featured Business Members 
 
Radical Roots Farm 
Rt. 169 
Canterbury, CT 06331 
(931) 241-3325 

Radical Roots Farm raises all heritage breeds of livestock in Canterbury, CT . The name "Radical Roots" expresses the farm's desire to raise their animals in a different way than most. They practice low-input regenerative farming - without the use of harmful pesticides, GMOs, and unnecessary hormones. Radical Roots Farm stewards the land; instead of depleting nutrients, they are constantly focused on improving the land they utilize.
 
Radical Roots Farm is joining with Winter Cove Farm to host an orchard grafting course on April 7th. After the five hour class, you will be equipped to take home four new trees and care for them. For tickets, click here


Cold Spring Farm 
46 Town Road
Colchester, Connecticut
(860) 316-8368

 
Cold Spring Farm is a Farmer's Pledge farm located in Colchester, 
CT. They grow produce, herbs, and flowers as well as raise beef and eggs. Their farm stand is open year-round, seven days per week, dawn til dusk. 

At Cold Spring, the farmers believe that if we pay attention to nature, and we work alongside it, we reap the harvest of health. On a microbiological level, Cold Spring focuses on feeding an active soil teeming with life to provide nutrients to their plants in order to produce the most nutrient-dense fruit. On Feb 17, Cold Spring is hosting A CONTRA DANCE! Check out their event page and get tickets now!  

Still River Farm 
Canterbury, CT  06331
(860) 742-5717 
 
Still River Farm is located in Coventry, CT. They produce 100% organically grown Hard Red Winter Wheat as well as a variety of similar wheat not found in the area. 

Still River is a producer of grains grown and harvested locally and under organic conditions. Their whole wheat has been found to make a delicious bread flour. Try for yourself! Click here
Film Screening and Reception
Saturday, March 3
New Morning Market | Woodbury, CT 
5:00 pm Rare Bean Reception
6:00 pm Discussion & Film Screening
  

Ever heard of the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Bootleggers corn? Hank's X-Tra Special Baking Bean? Join the organic food and farming community for a great afternoon reception and film screening featuring CT NOFA's Executive Director Jeff Cordulack and the Slow Food Metro North chairperson, Donna Simons when they introduce the film, discuss Slow Food's mission and the Slow Food Ark of Taste - a growing catalogue of rare foods and species that were almost forgotten. Guests will learn about these nearly lost foods and sample a few dishes made with them before the film. 
 
About the film: For nearly four decades, John Coykendall's passion has been preserving the farm heritage - the seeds and stories - of a small, farming culture in Southeastern Louisiana. Nominated for two 2017 Suncoast Emmy Awards, Deeply Rooted chronicles how Coykendall has tracked down and safeguarded rare and heirloom varieties of crops from the region and safely returned them to the descendants of farmers who described them to him decades earlier. John's specialty - beans! Hundreds and hundreds of bean varieties. To view a trailer: www.lpb.org/deeplyrooted.

Please RSVP for this event at: events@ctnofa.org | 203-308-2584 | www.ctnofa.org. Light refreshments available thanks to New Morning Market and BYOB welcome. Suggested donations for this mini fundraising event: $10-$50 per person. An opportunity to make additional donations & new memberships will be available at the event.


To invite friends via Facebook, please click here.

Thanks to New Morning Market for hosting!
Saturday, February 24, 2018  
10:00 am to 1:00 pm  Windham Town Hall Auditorium 
979 Main St, Willimantic CT

Live in eastern Connecticut? Come meet your local farmers, learn about CSA programs, & shop for local products. This is an annual event for the community including residents, students, restaurants, store owners - to build working relationships with local farmers and producers. 
https://www.facebook.com/ctknowyourfarmerfair/ 
 
Join Farm Credit East for a free webinar on February 15, from 1:00 to 2:00PM EST on Farm Transition/Succession Planning. Farm Transition Planning is a topic that every ag business farm owner/operator will have to face as they wind down their career.  Register here.
Want to Put Spare Time Towards Creating an Organic Connecticut?
Volunteer with us ~ In the office or on the Board!
 
CT NOFA was founded by volunteers and their collaboration brought about many great changes in Connecticut. Their accomplishments led to the first Organic Certification program in the state, to the now famous Winter Conference which started as potluck gatherings, the development Farmer's Markets, the pesticide ban on school grounds, and so much more!   Your time volunteering could simply be helping in the office or you can apply to be on the Board of Directors!  
 
If you would like to get involved and create meaningful change with CT NOFA, contact Executive Director Jeff Cordulack to talk about your interests, skills and the organization's needs. You never know where it will take you!
 Jeff Cordulack | jeff@ctnofa.org | 203-613-8813
In the News...

Now available:
  • Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards 
  • NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care - 6th edition