Upcoming Events – Summer 2015

July through August – 2015 UConn Extension Home Food Preservation Workshops

July 1 – Young Farmer Night – Spring Rain Farm in Taunton, MA. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

July 10Hop on Education: A Benefit for CT Ag Ed Foundation at Hooker Brewery. Hooker Brewing, Bloomfield, CT. 6-8p.m. Reserve your ticket at: www.ctaef.org/programs/hop-on-education-registration

July 11CT NOFA – The Secret Life of Honeybees: Exploring an Active Bee Colony. Winivan Farm, Morris, CT. 10am – 12 pm. Register at www.ctnofa.org

July 12Butchering Workshop with James Beard Award winning chef Jamie Bissonnette at Sub Edge Farm. Register here: http://subedgefarm.com/jamiebiss

July 13Young Farmer Night -Revive the Roots at Mowry Gardens, Smithfield RI. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

July 19New CT Farmer Alliance Potluck Series – Waldingfield Farm, Washington, CT.5:30-7:30pm. More information and RSVP at www.newctfarmers.com

July 19 – Connecticut Farmland Trust Picnic & Farm Tour of Beltane Farm, Lebanon, CT. 12-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided by sponsor, Whole Foods Market.  Details and registration here

July 23UConn Extension Building Equity in Farm Leasing Workshop. Wethersfield Historical Society from 9:30 to 2pm. Will include a light lunch. Register by July 17th by e-mailing MacKenzie.white@uconn.edu For questions contact kip.kolesinskas@gmail.com(860) 878-0393

July 26 – New CT Farmer Alliance Potluck Series – New Haven Farms, New Haven, CT.5-7p.m. More information and RSVP at www.newctfarmers.com

July 29Young Farmer Night – Casey Farm in Saunderstown, RI. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

July 31New CT Farmer Alliance Potluck Series – Unbound Glory Homestead, Pomfret, CT. 6:30-8:30p.m. More information and RSVP at www.newctfarmers.com

August 2CFBA Young Farmers – Pig and Lamb Roast in Somers, CT. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at: http://www.cfba.org/conference.htm?id=2R6KTNSZ

August 12Young Farmer Night – Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter, RI. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

August 14 -16NOFA Summer Conference – Amherst, MA. Register here: http://nofasummerconference.org

August 15 – Fall Beehive Preparation Workshop — Massaro Farms, Woodbridge, CT. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m and 11 a.m to 12 p.m. Includes a close look at several hives to assess condition, feeding options, mite detection and control techniques. Pre-register on Eventbrite

August 26Young Farmer Night – Matunuck Oyster Farm Vegetables in South Kingstown, RI. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

September 9 – Young Farmer Night – Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

September 19 – Winter Beehive Preparation Workshop — Massaro Farms, Woodbridge, CT. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A walk-through on closing up the hives at the apiary. Details and registration here

September 19 – Homesteading Workshop at Henny Penny Farm, Ridgefield, CT. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join us for another homesteading tour at Whitney Freeman’s Henny Penny Farm in Ridgefield, CT. This workshop/tour will cover a range of topics, from using animals to manage your land to willow weaving, botanical printing, cut flower growing and botanical dyes for fiber. There will be lots of time for questions and walking the property. Details and registration here

September 21 – Young Farmer Night — Sidewalk Ends Farm in Seekonk, RI. For more information visit their facebook or e-mail youngfarmernight@gmail.com

Dinners at the Farm 2015

The team at River Tavern created the original Connecticut Farm Dinner Benefit Series and, once again, the summertime dates are on the horizon. The New CT Farmer Alliance is one of five beneficiaries of this dinner series, which each year donates $20,000 to organizations that support agriculture.

It’s an amazing night, with a fantastic team of chefs, delicious wine and beer, and CT-grown produce, meats, and fish. Join in!

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2015 Spring Farmer Shindig at Sub Edge Farm

In the past, the New CT Farmer Alliance has held farm tours during the summer, which was a great time to see, quite literally, the fruits of our CT farmers’ labor. However, summers have proven to be a difficult time to gather farmers since it is the peak of the season and hard to get off the farm. This year we are doing things a little differently to address that by hosting two bigger and more centrally located gatherings during the ‘bookends’ of the season (spring and fall shindigs) with more regionally focused summer potlucks.

NCTFA kicked off their events of the 2015 growing season with a spring shindig at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington on May 3rd. The event brought together farmers from around the state for an opportunity to meet other CT farmers, learn how Sub Edge has started off their season, and enjoy a great taco bar, local beer, and fantastic spring weather.

Directions to Access New List-Serv & Deactivating Yahoo Group

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One of the benefits the New CT Farmer Alliance offers to its members is access to our statewide list-serv from which you can communicate with fellow CT farmers and hear about relevant news and events within our agricultural community.

Our list-serv has been active for a few years now but, in order to improve the communication that has already been taking place, we are transitioning to Google Groups. Google offers a more accessible list-serv to our members and is easier to operate and maintain.

If you wish to continue being a part of our list-serv, or would like to join it, please officially become a NCTFA member*. We will be deleting the Yahoo Groups List-serv after March 1, 2015. You will only be subscribed to this one list-serv and can adjust whether you would like to receive each individual e-mail or a daily digest of all the e-mails from that day.

To become a member, you must fill out our Membership Form. There are no fees or dues to becoming a member. By becoming a member, we will be able to learn more about you and your farm and can therefore tailor future events to our membership’s needs. In addition to having access to the list-serv, we will inform you of in-person networking and social events that we host, as well as other agricultural events that our service provider partners offer. In short, we hope to provide our members with a greater sense of community and are excited to welcome you into this community.

*If you have already filled out the membership form in the past, whether in person or online, you will automatically be subscribed to our new list-serv.

The NCTFA Steering Committee and Staff would like to thank you for your continued involvement and patience during this transition. We look forward to seeing you soon!

NCTFA Hosts Successful 2nd Annual Meeting

IMG_5725Hartford, CT – On February 20, 2015, nearly 100 CT farmers came out for our 2nd Annual Meeting and Hootenanny located at The Dirt Salon. The event, sponsored by Farm Credit East, the Funny Money Fund, Kahn Tractor, The Farmer’s Cow, and Executive Valet, began with live music from The Sawtelles, local food and beer, and a chance for farmers to meet and network with eachother. The meeting also featured various stations, such as a “Where’s Your Farm?” CT map display, ideas and feedback for the Alliance, a raffle with prizes from generous local donors, and a brief business meeting presentation from the NCTFA Steering Committee.

During the business meeting the steering committee discussed its year in review, upcoming programming for 2015, NCTFA news including a list-serv transition to Google Groups which you can access by becoming a member on our homepage under ‘Join us’, the year’s budget, ways members can get involved, and also included an election of the 2015 steering committee. If you are interested in learning more by viewing the full presentation, you can access it here.

IMG_5745The meeting was part of NCTFA’s mission to host a social event each year in order to grow membership and meet new farmers, as well as to celebrate the farming community’s achievements in the past year.  The aim of NCTFA is to support the next generation of growers, specifically those who are small in scale, first generation farmers, new or beginning farmers, market direct-to-consumer and use sustainable growing practices.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the Alliance, you can e-mail us at newctfarmers@gmail.com. You can also check back on our website for future postings of events we will be hosting.

This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors and donors.

2015 Annual Meeting Sponsors: Farm Credit East (Large Tractor Level); The Funny Money Fund (from an anonymous sponsor – Small Tractor Level); Kahn Tractor, The Farmer’s Cow (Disk Harrow Level); Executive Valet (Digging Fork Level).

Food and Drink Donors: Firebox; Sweet Sage Bakery; Whole Foods; Mystic Cheese Co.; Urban Oaks Organic Farm; Get Baked; Farmer’s Cow; Black Hog Brewing Co.; and City Steam Brewery.

Prize Donors: High Mowing Seeds; Foodworks Market; Cafemantic; Urban Oaks; Terry Walters; It’s Only Natural; National Young Farmers Coaltion; CT Dept. of Agriculture; Buy CT Grown; Steve Ginsburg; Comstock, Ferre & Co.; and Firebox.

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Upcoming Events – Winter 2015

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UPCOMING EVENTS – WINTER 2015

 

February 7 – Vegetable Pest & Disease Workshop I – Cucurbits and Brassicas (For Beginning Farmers, open to everyone), in Torrington, CT, 8:30am – 1 pm. For more information contact Joan.Allen@uconn.edu or 860-486-6740. Register here: www.extension.uconn.edu/root/feb-veg-wkshp.php

February 10 – 10% Campaign Partner Lunch, at the Tolland Ag Center, Hyde Ave, Vernon CT from 12-2 pm. For more information contact mackenzie.white@uconn.edu or call 860-875-3331

February 11 – 12 – 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference – NOFA MASS – First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Register here: www.nofamass.org/events/2015-soil-and-nutrition-conference#.VNTi0VPF9oE

February 14 – Vegetable Pest & Disease Workshop II – Solanaceae & Legumes (For Beginning Farmers, open to everyone), in Vernon, CT, 8:30 to 1 pm. For more information contact Joan.Allen@uconn.edu or 860-486-6740. Register here: www.extension.uconn.edu/root/feb-veg-wkshp.php

February 17 – Connecticut Food System Alliance Gathering: Food and the Economy, The University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT, 8:30am – 2:35 pm, open to all. To RSVP email CFSAcoordinator@hartfordfood.org

 February 18 – Ins and Outs of Workers’ Compensation for Farm Owners – Connecticut Farm Bureau Office – 775 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor, CT. No charge but RSVP to traceym@cfba.org or call 860-768-1107 by 2/16/15

February 19 – Safe & Effective Use of Organic Pesticides, at Scout Hall Youth Center, East Windsor – 9:30am to 3:30pm – open to all, coordinated by the Scaling Up Program. For more information: www.newfarms.extension.uconn.edu or mackenzie.white@uconn.edu or call 860-875-3331

February 20 – New CT Farmer Alliance’s Annual Meeting & Hootenanny, in Hartford, CT, 5-10 pm – open to all farmers – for more information: www.newctfarmers.com or newctfarmers@gmail.com

February 25-26 – Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference and Trade Show, in Sturbridge, MA, Register here: www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1640652

February 26 – One-On-One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals, Southington High School, for more information contact robin.whiteley@uconn.edu or 860-885-2821

March 7 – CT NOFA Annual Winter Conference, Western CT State University, Midtown Campus, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT, 8:30am – 5pm, Register here: www.ctnofa.org/winterconference

March 18 – One-On-One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals, New London Extension Center, Norwich, for more information contact robin.whiteley@uconn.edu or 860-885-2821

March 28 – One-On-One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals, Common Ground High School, New Haven, for more information contact robin.whiteley@uconn.edu or 860-885-2821

 

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Local Farmers Met to Network and Share Ideas at BYN 2014

Farmers and service providers came together for the Connecticut Build Your Network, Grow Our Future Conference on December 9, 2014. In just the second time around, the conference attracted more than double the number of attendees from the inaugural event. It featured statewide agricultural service providers; talks on key resources for new and

The established farmer panel at BYN 2014

The established farmer panel at BYN 2014

beginning farmers, including crop insurance; the premiere of the Scaling Up videos; an established farmer panel; opportunities to network; and workshops on strategically growing your farm enterprise and making & selling value-added products. The event was sponsored by UConn Extension’s Scaling Up Program for New & Beginning Farmers and the USDA Risk Management Agency. For more information on specific parts of the event, see below:

Highlighted Opportunities from Service Providers:

Key Resources for New and Beginning Farmers:

Scaling Up Videos by UConn Extension:

  • Link to all of the videos, featuring Beltane Farm, The Hickories, Provider Farm, and Massaro Community Farm.

The Established CT Farmer Panel:

The panel, facilitated by Susan Mitchell of the New CT Farmer Alliance, consisted of Paul Trubey of Beltane Farm, Steve Munno of Massaro Community Farm, Kerry Taylor of Provider Farm, and Dina Brewster of The Hickories. The topics included:

  1. Who is the first person you contacted in CT once you started farming and how did you find this person?
  2. What has been the most successful or helpful grant/program you have participated in?
  3. What would you have done if you hadn’t gotten this funding? (ie. How would you have worked around it or what else would you have done?)
  4. What are the steps to get money or get access to these programs?
  5. How did you get to know other farmers?
  6. Is there a great “hidden” program or person you discovered?
  7. For soil health, who is your go-to provider?
  8. For fruit/vegetable pest or disease issues, who is your go-to provider?
  9. For animal health, who is your go-to provider?
  10. What’s the next opportunity that you are waiting for? Project/Grant/Program you wish was here?
  11. Can CT support growth? The local food movement is growing…
  • If you are interested to the panelists’ answers to these questions and the resources they have used, click here.

For information about the workshop leaders, visit their websites:

Strategically Growing Your Farm Enterprise:

Making and Selling Value-Added Products:


Couldn’t make it to this event or simply seeking more opportunities to network?
Stay tuned for details about the New CT Farmer Alliance’s upcoming annual meeting in February! We will post details soon on our site here: http://newctfarmers.com/category/events/.

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