Steering Committee Description

New CT Farmer Alliance Steering Committee

Description and Duties

Our Mission

The New CT Farmer Alliance is a statewide network of farmers and growers. By bringing young, new and emerging farmers together it is our intent to identify and help develop support systems to nurture a successful and diverse agricultural landscape for our state.

Our mission is to bring together emerging farmers from across CT to network, share resources, and identify common challenges and opportunities for a more accessible, successful, and diverse agricultural community.

Function of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee serves to provide strategic leadership and help to organize and manage the activities of NCTFA. The Steering Committee is also expected to represent NCTFA at applicable agriculture related events in addition to their own businesses or other organizations.

Responsibilities of the Steering Committee

  • To identify and discuss ways to further the organization’s mission
  • To provide coordination support and guidance as needed for NCTFA events
  • To assist with meeting business, such as helping to set the calendar of meetings and events and reviewing and adding items to meeting agendas
  • To approve the annual work plan and budget to ensure productive use of resources

Term

A Steering Committee member is elected for a one-year term. Individuals may serve multiple terms, but must be re-elected at the annual meeting. A new term begins after the annual meeting in February and runs until the following year’s annual meeting.

Frequency of Meetings

NCTFA does most of its planning in the off-season months. We have monthly meetings beginning in October that run until early March, after the annual meeting. We generally meet in-person in Hartford, weather permitting, but at times we have conference calls in place of in-person meetings. Our goal is to have productive off-season meetings so that there is little obligation for Steering Committee members during the busy growing season. Steering Committee members may be expected to respond to pertinent e-mails that arise during the summer, but will not have in-person responsibilities unless encouraged to support a NCTFA summer event.