Gleanings E-Newsletter
March  2017
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We are pleased and proud to announce that the newest edition of our Connecticut Farm & Food Guide ~ the 2017 edition ~ is now live online & in print! This edition features an impressive list of local farms and supporting businesses! At last count, we had
262 farm members and 132 business members! And growing every day!    
Pick up a printed copy at the Winter Conference this weekend!

March 11 & 12, 2017
 Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT

CT NOFA's Annual Winter Conference is the premier event where farmers, landscapers, foodies, gardeners, and community leaders convene to learn innovative practices, share ideas, and network with other enthusiasts! 

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR SATURDAY AT THE DOOR: Workshop and Lunch Tickets are available in the gymnasium! Registration starts at 8 am and first workshop at 9 am. Don't be late!

RSVP &/OR PAY FOR SUNDAY ONLINE: RSVP for the FREE Ag Re$ource Fair on Sunday (9am-12 noon ) &/or the 3-hour workshop with Bryan O'Hara starting at 12:30 pm on Sunday. BYO lunch or buy offsite. All Sunday events hosted in the WCSU Student Center. Register in Lobby.     
All WC 2017 details are online:  

CT NOFA & the Hartford-Area Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association present: 

 Come learn the nutritional side of holistic orcharding through the lens of healthy plant metabolism with Michael Phillips. Join us for this introduction to a whole-system based approach for producing nutritionally-dense fruits and berries by this nationally recognized guru of holistic orchard management.

Seating capacity is limited! All welcome and this program has 4 NOFA AOLCP C.E.U.s. 
For details and registration info, please visit:    

Advocacy: For All things Organic!

On "Keeping the Soil in Organic"  

The controversy about including hydroponic systems in the organic certification label continues. These two are part of the organic movement to keep the organic standards rooted in soil.   

Organic Certification Cost Share Program

An Initiative by USDA Farm Service Agency

Bobolink Project
If you have a hayfield in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Connecticut that is 10 acres or more and is possible habitat for breeding bobolinks, you may be eligible to receive $100 to be a part of a 2-hour workshop. Workshops will take place in several locations in February. For more information, call Anwesha Chakrabarti at 312-259-1337  or send an email to  with a copy to  and "Bobolink Project" in the subject line.

UCONN's Solid Ground Farmer Trainings:

Strengthening Our Farms Across Connecticut 

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 (9:30am-12:30pm) at Community Farm of Simsbury - 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT
  • Wednesday March 15th, 2017 (5-8pm) at Knox Inc. - 75 Laurel St, Hartford, CT
  • Saturday March 25th, 2017 (10:30am-1:30pm) with GVI at Bridgeport Public Library - 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT
Do You Want to Volunteer Internationally? 
Check out NGOabroad to find countless opportunities. Experienced farmers and students wanted. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

GHANA: Teach at Agricultural College
Ghana is one of the drumming-est, most friendly countries in Africa!  No teaching or university experience necessary.  What is needed are farmers with a strong background  in organic farming, permaculture and/or sustainable agriculture. Mentor in the field and "download" your skills.  Your knowledge so important to farmers in Ghana they will put you on the radio!

COSTA RICA: Permaculture
This organization is helping to nourish land that has been deforested.  You do not need to already know permaculture, but it certainly helps.  The director is a font of knowledge on permaculture and loves to teach.  Surf or go to the beach on your days off. See Costa Rica's wonders. Spanish helpful but not required.

INDONESIA: Organic Farming
This farming organization on Sumatra aims to help people out of poverty by improving farming methods.  Can you mentor farming skills? e.g. composting, mulching, rain water harvesting and/or chickens? We need you!

For more information, click HERE!

In the News...
Health benefits of organic food, farming outlined in new report. Harvard School of Public Health. Feb 8 2017
Hydroponics is not organic - it's not even agriculture.  Matthew Hoffman , Fulbright Scholar, Norwegian Centre for Rural Research. Jan 22 2017