UPCOMING EVENTS – SUMMER | FALL 2016
June 18- NCTFA Skillshare: Growing Mushrooms for Market In Thomaston, CT. Introducing NCTFA’s first summer skillshare! Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden shares with us the tips and tricks of growing mushrooms for market and for fun. He will go over different methods of inoculating and growing mushrooms on hardwood, tour the mushroom yard, and go over the procedures to ensure weekly fruiting of logs in rotation. RSVP here.
June 28- Farm Fantasy to Reality: Creating a Successful Farm Business Plan in Monroe, CT. The CT Farm Bureau is partnering with Uconn Extension, USDA, and The CT Dept. of Agriculture to offer a valuable and free program for farmers on creating a successful business plan. The CT Farm Bureau and affiliates believe in this forum’s value for both established and new farmers alike. The meeting will be held at the Harmony Grange Hall at 6:00 PM in Monroe, CT. For more information, click here.
June 29- Soil Powered Farming Workshop. In Ashford, CT. Join the Agriculture Committees/Commissions of Ashford, Coventry, Mansfield, Tolland, and Windham to learn about soil management practices at Cranberry Hill Farm. Sherry Simpson and Art Talmadge are having great success minimizing soil disturbance and enhancing natural biological systems while decreasing inputs and increasing productivity and efficiency. Sherry and Art have owned and operated Cranberry Hill Farm for 11 years. They produce heirloom vegetables, hay, maple syrup, and eggs. Located at Cranberry Hill Farm 158 Nagy Road, Ashford, CT 06278 From 6:30 – 8:00 PM. RSVP to: Jennifer Kaufman | KaufmanJS@MansfieldCT.org or call 860-429-3015 ext. 6204
July 10- CT NOFA 2016 Annual Meeting & Farm Celebration In Woodbridge, CT. Join us at Massaro Community Farm! This fun farm celebration with friends, both old and new, will feature host, farmer, and NCTFA Steering Committee member, Steve Munno, CT NOFA founder and organic advocate, Bill Duesing, and longtime staff members and volunteers who have really helped to further our organic mission and protect our local environment. Save the date and think of what you can bring to the potluck meal! This is event is free and welcome to members (you can bring a friend, too!). Please BYOB and RSVP by emailing Organic@CTNOFA.org or sign up here.
July 12- Twilight Meeting: Connecting Schools to Local Growers in Tolland and Windham Counties In Coventry, CT. Join UConn Extension to meet school food service administrators in Tolland and Windham counties and learn about options to expand your wholesale markets into schools. They will be talking about procurement procedures, establishing business relationships, as well as Put Local on Your Tray– a program for school cafeterias that features locally grown fruits & vegetables. Food and beverages will be provided! This event is free. This event starts at 5:00 PM and ends at 7:00 PM. Located at the Captain Nathan Hale School, 1776 Main Street in Coventry. Please RSVP to MacKenzie White at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 17- Knox Park Hosts a NCTFA Potluck! In Hartford, CT. Join us as we kick off our potluck event season at Knox Park and celebrate our hard work as farmers! You are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and your own dining and drinking ware. This event is free, BYOB, and open to all farmers. Children welcome. This event is from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. RSVP here.
July 31- Holcomb Farm Hosts a NCTFA Potluck! In West Granby, CT. Join us for a fun and delicious potluck event at Holcomb Farm and celebrate our hard work as farmers! You are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and your own dining and drinking ware. This event is free, BYOB, and open to all farmers. Children welcome. This event is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. RSVP here.
July 31- Farm River Farm Hosts a NCTFA Potluck! In East Haven, CT. Join us for a fun and delicious potluck event at Farm River Farm, brought to you by one of our very own Steering Committee members, Jacqueline Maisonpierre! You are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and your own dining and drinking ware. This event is free, BYOB, and open to all farmers. Children welcome. This event is from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. RSVP here.
August 1- Sticks and Stones Farm Hosts a NCTFA Potluck! In Newtown, CT. Join us for our final potluck of the season at Sticks and Stones Farm and celebrate our hard work as farmers! Sticks and Stones will be providing a bonfire and guided tour. You are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and your own dining and drinking ware. This event is free, BYOB, and open to all farmers. Children welcome. This event is from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. RSVP here.
August 16- Getting Ready for CT Grown for CT Kids Week Twilight Meeting in Waterbury, CT. Come build business relationships with schools! Join UConn Ext. to meet school food service administrators in Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties and learn about options to expand your wholesale market into schools. Held on Tuesday, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This is a free event. Please RSVP to MacKenzie White at Mackenzie.White[at]uconn[dot]edu
August 24- Agritourism- Protecting Public Health, Animal Health, and Your Farm in Hartford, CT. This one day conference will include experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Health, UConn Extension, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services and others who will be addressing risk management when visitors come to your farm. Pre-registration is $10.00, door registration is $15.00. This event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Legislative Office Building Room 2C, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT.
August 25- Farm Energy Tour in Morris, CT. Tour White Flower Farm, Fruend’s Farm Market, and other sites to learn more about energy conservation on your farm. See successfully implemented projects, speak with farm owners, managers, and service providers. The tour begins at 10:15 AM. A commuter bus is available for those in Eastern CT. The bus will leave at 9:00 AM and return at 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. This is a free event. Please register by calling (860)345-3977 or emailing CTFarmEnergy[at]aol[dot]com, to ensure enough food will be available.
October 17th and 18th- BF 221 Tractor Safety & Maintenance Class with Shane LaBrake Hosted by the Community Farm of Simsbury. This core training is a two day series in tractor essentials and safety, presented by BFRDP “Advancing the Business of Farming in CT”. Limited spaces available, class fee at $50.00. Class is from 9AM to 5PM at 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070. Click here for more information or contact MacKenzie White at mackenzie.white[at]uconn.edu.
October 19- BF 220 Safety & Maintenance for Small Engines & Power Tools Class with Shane LaBrake Hosted by the Community Farm of Simsbury. This core training is a one day course in power tools, small engines and safety, presented by BFRDP “Advancing the Business of Farming in CT”. Limited spaces available, class fee at $25.00. Class is from 9AM to 3:30PM at 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070. Click here for more information or contact MacKenzie White at mackenzie.white[at]uconn.edu.
October 23- BF 101 New Farm Business Planning Bethel, CT. Located at the Fairfield County Extension Center 67 Stony Hill Road. The primary objective of this course is to provide basic information and instruction that will enable participants to complete a farm business plan. The curriculum includes: a discussion of importance in completing a business plan, a thorough analysis of the basic components of a business plan, and an introduction to an online business plan tool. (This training will be offered in English and Spanish.) To register, please send an email to Juliana Restrepo-MarinJuliana.email@example.com including the following;full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and language preference or by calling (203) 207-3260 or(203) 207-8440.
October 26- BF 130 Hydroponics Stamford, CT. Located at the UConn Stamford Campus Room 138 1 University Street. Hydroponic systems are an efficient way to grow vegetables all year round in the greenhouse. In this course, we will discuss how to design a hydroponic system for production of lettuce, herbs and vine crops in the greenhouse. In addition, we will talk about developing a nutrient program and crop plans for hydroponic production in the greenhouse. (This training will be offered in English and Spanish.) To register, please send an email to Juliana RestrepoMarinJuliana.firstname.lastname@example.org including the following;full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and language preference or by calling (203) 207-3260 or(203) 207-8440.
November 20- NCTFA’S Fall Shindig! North Stonington, CT. Save the date! Located at Terra Firma Farm, please join us for our annual Fall Shindig! Come tour the farm and celebrate the book-end of the season with NCTFA and extended farmer networks.
December 16th- Build Your Network, Grow Our Future! Bloomfield, CT. An all day event for emerging farmers to connect socially and with service providers! Featuring a farmers panel, workshops, and more! This event is FREE and requires registration. Lunch will be provided