Build Your Network, Grow Our Future 2016

Please enjoy these images from Build Your Network, Grow Our Future 2016 at Auerfarm 12/16/16. Thank you all to made this event possible and for all the farmers that attended!

A full house of farmers at Auerfarm!

Senator Beth Bye, Executive Director at Auerfarm 4-H Education Center, speaks at BYNGOF 2016.

Our wonderful MC for the day, Charlotte Ross: Program Coordinator of Solid Ground Farmer Training at UConn Extension, and steering committee member of NCTFA.

Aaron Taylor of Four Root Farm introduces himself during the farmer’s panel. Also pictured: Allyson Angelini of Full Heart Farm, Sherry Simpson of Cranberry Hill Farm, Matt Staebner of Blue Slope Farm, and Will O’Meara of Waldingfield Farm. 

Northeast Regional Team Leader of the Soil Health Division, Dr. Brandon Smith of USDA-NRCS, NH presents a riveting workshop entitled “Building Resilient Soils to Manage for Extreme Weather”. 

Jiff Martin, Sustainable Food System Associate Educator for UConn Extension, debriefs farmers on the 10% Local campaign during our “Service Provider Speed Networking Game”

Farmers gather during lunch, sourced entirely by our Connecticut farmers, provided Seasonal Sweets and Catering LLC. Regional grains from our baked goods provided by Wave Hill Breads. 

A Talk With Jean-Martin Fortier – December 2, 2014

Organic micro-farmer and author of The Market Gardener, Jean-Martin Fortier, will lead a workshop on successful small-scale organic farming. Fortier professionally entered agriculture by operating low-tech, low-carbon and high-yield market gardens, and you can too.

4pm – 5pm, December 2, 2014 at
St. Anthony Hall, Yale University
New Haven CT

Sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Program. More information here.

Build Your Network – December 9, 2014


SCOUT HALL YOUTH CENTER Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
PROGRAM: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Come join us for a day of learning about key programs and resources that are available to new and beginning farmers in Connecticut. Network with service providers and other farmers. Highlights include:

  • Introducing New Farmer Bucket List
  • Panel of experienced farmers explain which service providers have helped them get started
  • Review most relevant financing and risk management opportunities
  • Premiere screening of 4 short videos about new farm businesses in Connecticut that are succeeding
  • Two breakout sessions led by innovative and successful farmers
  • Lunch featuring CT-­‐Grown

More details available at

Download a PDF of the flyer here.

Urban Oaks Farm Tour – July 2014

Urban Oaks Farm

Sunday July, 27th 4pm-6pm, with potluck to follow
207 Oak Street, New Britain CT 06051 Go To Google Maps

Urban Oaks Farm

Please join The New CT Farmer Alliance for our July 2014 Farm Tour.

Join Farmers Mike Kandefer, Mark Rutkowski, and Joey Listro for a farm tour of one of Connecticut’s first urban farms.  We’ll tour five greenhouses used for year-round growing and learn about how the farm maximizes use of this space year-round.  Mike will discuss the organic seedling sale, one of the largest income generators for the farm, and how it has grown over the years. The farmers will discuss the challenges of growing in small spaces, serving a low-income community, and maintaining aging infrastructure.  They will also discuss their wholesale niche of serving speciality and heirloom produce to farm-to-table restaurants and their love for growing exotic grapefruits, avocados, limes, and figs in our greenhouses.

The mission of Urban Oaks is to nourish the communities of Greater New Britain with high-quality produce accessible to all; education and employment opportunities; and economically viable, progressive, organic farming methods that promote and provide sustainable, ecologically sound agriculture in an urban environment.

Urban Oaks began in 1999, when the City of New Britain invited Mike Kandefer and the late Tony Norris to take over the abandoned Sandelli Florist.  They have always placed an emphasis on farm-based education, providing schools and community members educational tours and programs at the farm, and serving countless volunteers throughout the years.

More information about Urban Oaks can be found at: