The Farmer’s Design Art Contest

 

NCTFA invites our members to tap into their creative side and design an image that embodies their experience as a farmer here in Connecticut!

 

Here are some details and requirements for you to keep in mind:

  • Submissions are due by January 1st, with an earlybird deadline of December 18th. 
  • Please submit artwork directly to newctfarmers@gmail.com
  • We accept .JPEG format, and .Tiff if need be as well. If you have questions about formatting your image or struggle to get it in the required formats, please email us.
  • Please do not send us image files larger than 25MB.

 

More Details and Tips: 

  • Please design your image in either black and white, or pick only two solid colors of your choosing. (See here for examples of complementary colors)
  • Please use clean, concise lines with no shading in your images. Shading often does not interpret well in print.
  • Get creative with your method! Pen and ink, digital art, block print and acrylic paint are all great mediums for clean designs.
  • Do a couple of test drawings and get your idea sketched out before you commit to your finished design.
  • Keep in mind that your design will be made predominantly to fit on a T-Shirt.  With that in mind, you may want to tailor your drawing to something that you feel would look great on a shirt!
  • We would like to think this goes without saying, but please do not copy or trace art belonging to anyone else. 
  • If you do your design by hand, you will need to ensure that you have…
  1. Access to a scanner
  2. Made a piece of art that can fit in your scanner without being cropped

 

Your art can be focused on any detail of your life as a farmer, as long as it is clearly applicable to farming. Have a unique way of conveying a specific memory that you think other farmers will relate to? Great. Have a favorite, or not-so-favorite task in your daily chores / farm life that you know other farmers will just… “get”? Excellent! From drawings of produce and livestock, to use of equipment, community experiences, relatable moments and more, we encourage it all. Please just be sure to read all of the above tips and requirements so that you don’t disqualify for the contest! 

 

 

Do you have any technical questions about making your design? Have an idea but want to get a second opinion first? Please write to Betsy, the coordinator, and she will be happy to help you.

 

Gentle Giant Farm Tour : Spring Shindig 2017

[Pictured: Toby from Gentle Giant Farm leading the tour of their new business location in Middlefield, CT.]

 

[Pictured: Lunch Box 23 receiving final orders after a successful afternoon of feeding hungry farmers with their locally sourced sliders.]

 

[Pictured: NCTFA Farmers and members gather, listening and discussing the construction of four newly built greenhouses on site.]

 

[Pictured: Seedlings hardening off on a trailer bed in the warm late April sun.]

Upcoming Events- Spring and Summer 2017

March 11- CT NOFA’s 35th Annual Winter Conference 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 others! For more information on registration and workshop schedules, please visit their website by clicking here.

March 12- 1st Annual Ag Re$ource Fair Danbury, CT. Ever wondered what it’s really like to access funding for farmers in CT? CT NOFA and UConn Extension pair up to provide you a comprehensive, fully packed resource fair for all of your needs as a starting farmer. This event is being held Sunday as part of the CT-NOFA Winter Conference! To register, click here.

March 15- Solid Ground Training: BF 106 Small Scale Vegetable Production Hartford, CT. This training is being held and hosted by KNOX Park from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. To RSVP or with any questions, please email the project coordinator Charlotte Ross at charlotte.ross@uconn.edu. To view Solid Ground’s project website, click here.

March 16- Solid Ground Training: BF 105 Small Scale Fruit Production Simsbury, CT. This training is being held and hosted by the Community Farm of Simsbury from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. To RSVP or with any questions, please email the project coordinator Charlotte Ross at charlotte.ross@uconn.edu. To view Solid Ground’s project website, click here.

March 25- Solid Ground Training: BF 106 Small Scale Vegetable Production Bridgeport, CT. This training is being hosted by the Green Village Initiative at the Bridgeport Public Library from 10:30 AM to 1:30PM. To RSVP or with any questions, please email the project coordinator Charlotte Ross at charlotte.ross@uconn.edu. To view Solid Ground’s project website, click here.

April 23- NCTFA’s 2017 Annual Spring Shindig! Middlefield, CT. Come one, come all! Please join us as we gear up for another successful growing season and kick it off with local food, friends old and new, and some good brew. Held at Gentle Giant Farm and showcasing their new location, a tour and good times will be had by all. To RSVP, please click here. Email us for any questions.

April 29- *Final* Solid Ground Training (of the season): BF120 Irrigation & Water Management Training New Haven, CT. Please join us at Common Ground High School from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM for this final training with Mark Palladino of Wild Carrot Farm. With these dry summers becoming the norm, water management is more important than ever on farms in CT. To RSVP or with any questions, please email the project coordinator Charlotte Ross at charlotte.ross@uconn.edu. To view Solid Ground’s project website, click here.

April 30- Invasive Shrub Control Workshop. Woodstock, CT. This free workshop is sponsored by the New Roxbury Land Trust, the Eastern CT Forest Landowner’s Assoc, UConn Ext and CAES. Thomas Worthley will provide a hands-on demonstration and techniques of equipment for invasive plant control, specifically concentrating on Japanese barberry, as it has been found to increase risk of exposure to Lyme disease. Methods of control include flame weeding, mechanical, and herbicidal. This event will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Roseland Lake in Woodstock. Please pre-register by emailing meaderjoyce@yahoo.com.

June 13- Conservation Biological Control Short Course. Bloomfield, CT. This full day short course is being held at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm. It will cover details such as, but not limited to; the importance of beneficial insects, an overview of conservation bio control, how to recognize a habitat for beneficial insects, how to design these habitats, how to access USDA conservation programs for financial or tech support. This event begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM. Registration is $45 per person. Please register by clicking here.

June 30- Deadline for Census of Agriculture. [No location] Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. Please note that new farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through the end of June at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/. The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.)  If a farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30th, 2017, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

July 21- Soil Health Workshop Series “Growing More with Less”. Woodstock, CT. This workshop focuses on the benefits of precision planting and cover crops. Highlights benefits for dairy farming and soil health. This event is hosted by Valleyside Farm at 210 Child Hill Road in Woodstock. To register for this event, please go to www.CTRCD.org 

July 23- Potluck and Farm Tour at Lakeside Feed and Farm Stand. Guilford, CT.

Join us for an educational and fun farm tour followed by farmer’s potluck at Lakeside Feed and Farm Stand this year! Please RSVP through the NCTFA website.

July 30- Potluck and Farm Tour at Earth Root Farm. Ridgefield, CT.

Join us for an educational and fun farm tour followed by farmer’s potluck at Earth Root Farm this year! Please RSVP through the NCTFA website.

August 4- Potluck and Farm Tour at Cloverleigh Farm. Mansfield, CT.

Join us for an educational and fun farm tour followed by farmer’s potluck at Cloverleigh Farm this year! Please RSVP through the NCTFA website.

August 6- Potluck and Farm Tour at Back 40 Farm Group. Washington, CT.

Join us for an educational and fun farm tour followed by farmer’s potluck at Back 40 Farm this year! Please RSVP through the NCTFA website.

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