Bill's passion for conservation, organic farming and land care, activism and advocacy, and education can be seen throughout Connecticut in his life's work. From the expansion of organic farms and landscapers to the founding of CT NOFA and Common Ground High School to the legislative efforts that led to tangible results on the environment, we would like to honor Bill by continuing unfinished work through education and advocacy made possible by The Friends of Bill Duesing Fund.

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Two farmer/advocates: Bill Duesing and Bob Burns of Aiki Farms (far left) fighting for GMO Food Labels in Hartford, CT. We miss them both!
Bill with for former Ex. Dir. Eileen Hochberg and early board member, Cynthia Rabinowitz
Bill & his garlic at Old Solar Farm
Bill & Suzanne Duesing,
a long time ago...
William Norton Duesing , known to all as Bill, died at 75 on July 12, 2018 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut.   Bill was born on August 19,1942 in Detroit, Michigan and was predeceased by his parents, Howard Ernest Duesing and Charlotte Morehouse Duesing.
Bill is survived by his wife, Suzanne Mann Skorpen Duesing and his children: Daniel Ethan Duesing and his wife, Kassie Murphy of Simsbury, Connecticut and Kira Suzanne Skorpen Spinner and her husband James of Middlebury, Connecticut. He will be sorely missed by his six grandchildren: Nicholas, Brian and Charlie Spinner and Zoe, Charlotte and Kingston Duesing.
He also leaves his sister Alice Duesing Sloan and her husband Paul of Alvin, Texas and their children and grandchildren, as well as his brother John Duesing and his wife Pam Clark of West Des Moines, Iowa.
Bill was most at home outdoors in the natural environment. He enjoyed spending time on the Old Solar Farm in his gardens, walking in the woods, and tent camping throughout his life.
After graduating from Yale College with a B.A. in Fine Arts, he briefly attended the Yale School of Architecture. As a member of the artists' group Pulsa, he created large-scale environmental art between 1967 and 1972 in museums and public spaces in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Halifax. Documents from that work were displayed recently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. His art work with Pulsa is archived at: . He also created environmental art installations in Lincoln Center, Central Park, and the New Haven Green during the 1970s and 1980s. Bill continued his interest in architecture by teaching solar design at Paier College of Art and the Milden Institute.
For 45 years, as an organic farmer, author, artist and environmental activist, Bill promoted organic agriculture, solar energy, and greater local food sufficiency in Connecticut and the Northeast through lectures, writings, media and community work. With his wife, Suzanne, he grew vegetables, fruit s and flowers on their farm, while tirelessly advocating for a local and organic food system.
Bill was the founding president of Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) in 1982 and served for 12 years as the Executive Director. For many years, Bill served on the NOFA Interstate Council, including a decade as President. The Council awarded Bill the first "Bill Duesing Lifetime Achievement Award" at its 2015 Summer Conference. In his later years, he worked as the CT NOFA Organic Advocate, and as a consultant, mentoring new farmers. Bill shared personal reflections on his nearly four decades of involvement in the organic food movement with CT NOFA in his report about the 41st NOFA Summer Conference, which is available at: .
For three years, Bill chaired the board of the Community Farm of Simsbury which trains farmers, educates urban and suburban students, and provides certified organic food to the needy. He was especially proud of his work with Once Upon a Farm in Bethany, Connecticut where he was recently honored by having his name grace the Learning and Education Center there. Bill was awarded the Bronze Medal by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut in 2010 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from PACE (People's Action for Clean Energy) in 2014. He was a founding board member and past president of of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. He also served on the steering committee of the Connecticut Working Lands Alliance. Bill is the author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future. These essays, written decades ago, are still relevant today.
Bill's passion for educating youth was evident in his work as founding chair of the New Haven Ecology Project and the establishment of one of the first charter schools in the state. The Common Ground High School continues to successfully educate young people on its farm located in New Haven. In addition, Bill gardened for years with Suzanne and her elementary students in Bridgeport.
For 10 years, Bill wrote and delivered a weekly environmental essay on public radio from Fairfield, CT. Until recently, he could be heard every other week on WPKN radio on the Organic Farm Stand with Guy Beardsley and Richard Hill. Richard has created a legacy piece on Bill's life which is now available as a podcast on WPKN. The University of Massachusetts library has archived five years of his weekly "Living on the Earth" radio essays and recordings of 14 "Politics of Food" radio shows on this page: .
Bill's book for which his award is named for:
Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future
The Friends of Bill Duesing Fund  
An Award & Funding In His Honor
In the final months of his life, former CT NOFA Executive Director Eileen Hochberg and friend Michael Baker collaborated with Bill to create an award and a fundraising campaign in his name that will fortify the organic farming association organization he worked so hard to create over the years.  While talking about this on May 10, Bill said, ..."My sole real regret is that I leave this Earth having only partially completed the transition to a solar-powered society grounded in organic agriculture."   
With that sentiment in mind, they decided that each year at CT NOFA's Winter Conference, the new "The Bill Duesing Organic Living On The Earth Award" will be given to deserving farmers, organic landscapers, advocates and organizations that demonstrate a devotion to Bill's goals of loving and treating the earth respectfully. Nominations can be sent to the CT NOFA Executive Director by February 1st of each year. 
If you are inspired by his dedication, his grace and his strength, please support the giving of the award and his organic legacy at CT NOFA by
donating in his honor to The Bill Duesing Fund at:
WHERE: Natureworks Organic Garden Center (Northford, CT) 
WHEN: This  Sat. August 4 ~ 2:00-5:00 pm

A fun gathering, NOFA-style! Join us when owner & expert Nancy DuBrule shares her midsummer garden secrets that she's learned over 40 years in the business! Share delicious snacks and drinks including herbal iced teas and a sampling of organic wines. Meet other like-minded organic home gardeners, farmers, and landscapers. Treat your kids to fun activities and see monarch butterflies growing in our organic gardens.  
OLD TIMERS: All members, former board officers, and friends of Bill Duesing's are invited to attend.  We are pleased that Suzanne Duesing is planning to join us, too! 
Workshop at 2:30 pm on " Second Season Organic Veggies" & Organic Garden Walk with Nancy at 3:30 pm. RSVPs are appreciated via phone, email, or online. BRINGING POTLUCK? Great! Email Jeff if bringing a potluck dish: For Details on Workshops and to RSVP: CLICK HERE    
Be a Part of Creating a More Organic Connecticut
Join the Board | Attend Farmers Markets | Help In Office  
Create meaningful change with CT NOFA. CT NOFA was founded by volunteers and their collaboration brought about many great changes in Connecticut. Volunteer accomplishments led to the first Organic Certification program in the state, the famous Winter Conference, the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, the the growth of Farmer's Markets, the pesticide ban on school grounds, and so much more!
Your volunteering with CT NOFA could be helping in the office, or tabling at markets, or even on the Board of Directors!    
Contact us now to get started in October 2018  
  Contact the Executive Director, Jeff Cordulack, to discuss your interests,
skills and the organization's needs. Jeff Cordulack | | 203-613-8813
One never knows where this can take you! 
As We Are Missing Bill, ... We Are Also Grateful for You! 
John Pittari, Jeff Cordulack, Bill Duesing, Tara Cook-Littman at a 2018 memorial for farmer & advocate Bob Burns of Aiki Farms (1938-2017)
On behalf of CT NOFA's staff and board of directors, we want you to know how grateful we are for you and many the ways you have helped to create an organic Connecticut with our old friend, Bill.
Much progress has been made on the organic front and you all should be proud. And just as he asked, we will now set forth and carry on with our mission to ensure the growth of organic food, organic farming, and organic land care in this state and far beyond.        
Bill and Jeff in Hartford presenting the "Healthy Soils Bill" in Spring 2018 
We look forward to continuing the fight with you. Thank you. Stay well and please stay in touch.  
Jeff Cordulack  
Executive Director, CT NOFA