Hello farmers! Check out this action-packed day at BYNGOF 2016! We are so excited to share this statewide networking event with you. Don’t forget to register for this event by clicking here.
[Pictured: Farmer Brie (Pictured on the right) leads the Terra Firma Farm Tour.]
[Pictured: NCTFA Farmers and members return to Terra Firma’s facilities to warm up after touring the pasture.]
[Pictured: Young working dogs, with a playful-puppy attitude, greet members. Farmers love their dogs!]
[Pictured: Joey Listro, NCTFA Steering Committee Member and Executive Director of New Britain ROOTS, has an encounter with a young cow as she walks past the gate.]
[Pictured: Chefs of Pat’s Pastured Food Truck greet us at the window to take our orders.]
Please RSVP to “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future” here. We look forward to seeing you!
Please be sure to RSVP before 11/10, as this will ensure we have enough food!
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 email@example.com
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.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.
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.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.
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
Please RSVP here by 4/17 so we have enough food!
UPCOMING EVENTS – WINTER 2016
January 1-31 – Bulk orders. Collective buying program for Baystate-approved, organically certifiable farm, garden, and lawn care products. Products include compost; potting soil; fertilizers; mineral amendments; tools for the farm and garden; animal supplements; and tuber, allium, and cover crop seed. Pick up day March 12 in Meriden, CT (alliums and tubers April 2) http://goo.gl/1ckmkB
January 16 – NOFA/MASS Winter Conference at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Annual one-day conference with 70 workshops and exhibitors; keynote speeches with Ben Burkett, family farmer and coordinator of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives; children’s conference and more. To register and for information, visit www.nofamass.org/events/wc.
January 19 – CISA Workshop Series: Grant and Loan Opportunities Workshop, Holyoke, MA. http://www.buylocalfood.org/events/category/cisas-workshops/
January 20 – CISA Workshop Series: Advanced QuickBooks, Holyoke, MA. http://www.buylocalfood.org/events/category/cisas-workshops/
January 21 – Speak up Be heard! Learn to Testify before the Legislature at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford– Sponsored by CFBA Young Farmer Committee. 12:30 to 3 pm. For more information and to RSVP by January 18 contact Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details: https://www.cfba.org/event.htm?id=EWL07ALZ&m=01&y=2016&p=0
January 26 – CISA Workshop Series: Legal Requirements for Farm Businesses, Holyoke, MA. http://www.buylocalfood.org/events/category/cisas-workshops/
January 30 – Farmer Forum in Litchfield, CT. 8:30 to 4 pm. One-day free conference for farmers with a range of topics that can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/litchfield-hills-farmers-forum-registration-19911505850?aff=ebrowse. Use the link to register.
February 3 – CISA Workshop Series: Goal Setting and Long-Term Planning, Holyoke, MA. http://www.buylocalfood.org/events/category/cisas-workshops/
February 11 – UConn Extension Hands-On Plant Nutrition Workshop, CT Ag Experiment Station in New Haven from 9:30am to 12:30pm. More information: http://events.uconn.edu/event/44046/2016-02-11
February 16 – Vegetable Crop Pests You Need to Know with Jude Boucher (UConn Ext) and Joan Allen (Dept. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture) at Fairfield County Extension Center from 1 to 4 pm. Pre-registration is suggested. Register here: http://events.uconn.edu/event/44283/2016-02-16
February 16 – CISA Workshop Series: Structured Decision Making for Sustainable Agriculture, Holyoke, MA. http://www.buylocalfood.org/events/category/cisas-workshops/
February 20 – New CT Farmer Alliance’s 3rd Annual Meeting & Hootenanny, Hartford, CT. Featuring live music, food, drinks, and Cabbage Moth Radio Hour. Free of charge. RSVP here: http://newctfarmers.com/2016-annual-meeting-hootenanny/
February 23 – UConn Extension Bedding Plants for Greenhouse Growers, two sessions: Storrs and Litchfield County from 10am to 2:30pm. More information: http://events.uconn.edu/event/44044/2016-02-23
February 23 – CISA Workshop Series: Metrics Worth Looking at to Measure Profitability & Success, Holyoke, MA. http://www.buylocalfood.org/events/category/cisas-workshops/
February 24 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Information Session, (snow date February 26th), Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam. Pre-registration required. Contact email@example.com or 203-407-3163
February 28 – NOFA/RI Winter Conference in Warren, RI. ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People’ Workshop descriptions and register here: http://nofari.org/events/winter-conference/#.VpfW7JMrLVp
March 1 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Information Session, (snow date March 2nd), 6 to 8:30 pm at the New Haven County Ext Center in North Haven. Pre-registration required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-407-3163
March 5 – Plainfield Ag Commission Winter Market, (snow date March 12) Plainfield Town Hall from 9am to 2pm. There will be three speakers and live music. Farmers and homespun vendors from Plainfield and neighboring towns. For more info contact Sylvia Wielk 203-804-1362
March 8 – UConn Extension GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) School for Fruit & Vegetable Producers (snow date March 10th), two-day comprehensive course (second day is March 16th). Pre-registration required. Contact email@example.com or 203-407-3163
March 12-13 – CT NOFA Winter Conference at WCSU, Danbury, CT. Featuring 50+ workshops, exhibits, and vendors. Early registration ends February 14. Register here: https://ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2016-winter-conf-early-registration/
March 16- Ag Day at the State Capitol – Hosted by the CT Dept. Of Agriculture. Contact: CAIC/CTDoAG, Rebecca Murphy, 860-713-2538, Rebecca.Eddy@ct.gov
March 29 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Information Session, 10 to 12:30 pm at the Litchfield County Ext Center in Torrington. Pre-registration required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-407-3163
If you have an event to add, please contact us at newctfarmers[at]gmail[dot]com.
Please RSVP to help us make sure we will have enough food. This event is free and open to non-members as well. There is plenty of parking in the lot directly across from the Dirt Salon in Hartford. If you have any questions, you may direct them to email@example.com.
We will have food provided by Cafemantic and The Farm Belly. View the menu here.
Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors and Donors!
Tractor Level: Farm Credit East
Disc Harrow Level: Foskett Equipment
Digging Fork Level: Stanton Equipment
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Land For Good
National Young Farmers Coalition
New Britain ROOTS
Pleasant Valley Botanicals