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connecticut farm tour tonight!

The New CT Farmer Alliance hosts monthly farm tours; if you can’t make this one, check out the next!


Join Us on Sunday at Urban Oaks in New Britain
Farm Tour: 4-6pm
Potluck and Social: 6-8pm (bring a dish to share and your own place setting)
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.

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a summer gathering ~ growing food, farms and community


Saturday, July 19, 2014
9:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Winvian, Morris, CT

This summer’s gathering is a high-energy, interactive and fun, yet serious educational event targeted at the grassroots, with an in-depth single focus on the fusion of food, sustainable agriculture and related issues with a call to action. Our goal is to help a broad audience from all walks of life understand the critical issues in our food system, and what they can do about them.


Family Activities Only:
Family 4 pack: $35; 12 yrs – adult: $12; 6-11 yrs: $5; 5 yrs & under: free

Keynotes, Workshops, All Activities:
Individuals: $50 Members/$60 Future Members
Students, apprentices & beginning farmers (less than 10 years): scholarship funded-$0

Both Friday* and Saturday Events:
$175 Members/$185 Future Members

Online registration available HERE.


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new ct farmer alliance event

New CT Farmer Alliance May Farm Tour and Potluck
Sunday May 25th 4pm-6pm 
Truelove Farms
122 Thomaston Rd Morris, CT 06763

Truelove Farms is a small, sustainable farm focused on using natural, grass-based practices to ethically raise pork, beef, eggs, and poultry.  They use no growth hormones or sub-theraputic antibiotics and animals are brought up on pasture for a better quality of life and a higher quality product.  They are located in Morris, Connecticut, nestled in the heart of the Litchfield hills, on land whose agricultural origins date back to the mid 1700s.  Tour will focus on their beef herds, mobile chicken coops, meat birds, and most importantly, their pastured pigs, considered to be their mainline operation.

After the tour stay for a potluck social. Bring a dish to share and a plate, utensils and drinking glass. Meet other farmers in CT to network and share ideas, stories and challenges!
Information available at New CT Farmer Alliance

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build your network, grow our future

This upcoming event from the NCFA looks great!  Connecticut Greenhorns, take note. ncfa

In collaboration with UConn Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, CT DoAg, and Community Farm of Simsbury, the New CT Farmer Alliance is very happy to present…

A networking event to strengthen Connecticut’s agricultural community
Wednesday Febrary 19th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Scout Hall Youth Center – 28 Abbe Rd, East Windsor (just off I-91)
This is the chance every farmer dreams of….the opportunity to meet every person in the state who provides support to farmers (i.e service providers) in a farmer-driven, discussion-based format.   Continue reading

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wendell berry to speak at yale

a must-see if you’re in the area!


Poet, novelist, philosopher, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer Wendell Berry will present the next Chubb Fellowship Lecture as a guest of Timothy Dwight College and theYale Sustainable Food Project(YSFP).

Berry will appear for a public conversation at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from the Shubert Theatre box office.

A pioneering and influential advocate for change, Berry has spent more than 50 years helping to shape the movements for agricultural and ecological sustainability. His poetry and essays flow from the rich agrarian tradition of American writing, and Berry’s relationship to his Kentucky farm has been compared to that of Thoreau’s to the forest — a place that nurtures his thinking about the value of physical labor, self-sufficiency, and communities of people living in harmony with the natural world.

more HERE

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food sovereignty: a critical dialogue

Coming right up: Food Sovereignty Conference, September 14–15, 2013 at Yale University.


A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South. Continue reading

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some grange press

Always a good thing.


Can-do: Grange shows how to preserve nature’s bounty
by Mike Lauterborn
Monday, August 12, 2013 for the Fairfield Citizen

With a can-do attitude and an interest in preserving the bounty of the harvest, a group gathered Saturday at the historic Greenfield Hill Grange to learn about canning and preserving homegrown fruits and vegetables.

The program was one of a series planned in conjunction with the grange’s 120th anniversary this year.

Steven Golias, a graduate of the Culinary Instituteand a grange member, led the two-hour session, which was attended by about 15 people. They took notes as he described the process of canning, and sampled some of the preserves and pickles Golias prepared in the grange kitchen.

“The Greenfield Hill Grange chapter was established in 1893,” said Beth Bradley, the grange vice president, “though this actual structure wasn’t completed until 1897. It was a club for area farmers, for the sharing of growing techniques and community services. Essentially everything that everyone is now doing with local sustainability was done then — they were ahead of their time.”

Read the full article HERE 

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connecticut farm tours

from the New Connecticut Farmer Alliance. Read on for the full schedule.
Each Farm tour, accompanied by a potluck, will take place every third Sunday of the month.
Tours will begin at 4:00pm with a potluck at 6:00pm until dusk. Bring your own place setting and beverages.  Farmer friends welcome.
May 19 – Provider Farm, Salem CT
Provider Farm is a 10 acre non-certified organic vegetable farm that uses biodynamic methods managed by Max and Kerry Taylor. They are primarily a CSA serving 200 shareholders and sell to farmers markets and wholesale accounts.  Continue reading

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new england young farmers, get on this list serve!

Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that our next YFN is TOMORROW!  All are welcome – don’t let the “Young” part of “Young Farmer Night” keep you away!!
We will be meeting at 6pm at the Anawan Grange, 118 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA.  There will be a meet & greet, potluck, and panel discussion featuring folks involved with organizations such as the Farm Bureau, RI Agricultural Partnership, National Young Farmers’ Coalition and the New England Farmers’ Union.  Please bring a potluck dish to share and your own plate & fork!
Carpool update: 
Rides needed from Boston and Berkley, MA
Rides offered from South County (leaving from Richmond, RI) and Providence
Reply to this email and post on the Facebook page if you need a ride or have one to offer!
Hope to see you all there!
-Becca, Margiana & Tess
COMPLETE YFN 2013 SCHEDULE Continue reading

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farm camp seeks staffers

Camp 2012- chickenandcamper
New Pond Farm’s Summer Camp in West Redding, CT is looking for a few exceptional staff with camp & farm experience for this summer. The camp serves a diverse group of local and urban youth from neighboring cities.  The nature center has acres of forest and a functioning farm with mixed livestock and gardens, many opportunities for adventure. Most importantly the camper population is small and close knit so the connections that can be made are deep and long lasting.
Summer camp runs three sessions between the dates of July 8th through August 9th. We are looking for staff that are available for the whole camp season; staff training and clean up, arriving on site June 28th and staying through August 14th.  First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard certifications are desired. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.   Please visit the website for more information
Contact the Program Director, Alex Keilty, if you are interested in learning more:

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farm job in connecticut

The Hickories ( is looking for a part-time intern to work in all aspects of our farm: field crops, greenhouses, livestock, and especially harvesting.  We offer diversified production experiences and introduction level training to farm management.  As with all working farms, some days are full of varied tasks and others are more monotonous (for example, lots of hand weeding.)  Interns must be able to work quickly and efficiently, whether it is sunny and warm or cold and rainy, whether working with a crew or working on one’s own.  An idea candidate: is self motivated to quickly and efficiently complete each task at hand; is able to work all day on your feet, sometimes lifting heavy things (up to 50 lb); has some experience working on farms.

We ask that interns work five days a week with rotating weekend hours.  We work rain or shine.  Positions are available for various time frames, but starting April 15th.  Compensations $10.00 for first three months, then incentive based increases throughout the remainder of the season.  5 unpaid vacation days are available each season.  On-farm housing is not available.  If you have any questions, please call our farm office at 203-894-1851.
To apply: please send a resume and cover letter to The Hickories, 136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

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connecticut farmland available !

ctFive acres of beautiful, prime farm land available for an experienced
vegetable farmer to use without rent in exchange for a small portion
of the crop. Formerly used for grazing grass-fed sheep, the soil is
rated 29A (prime farmland) by the NRCS. Land includes electric
fencing, barn, drip irrigation equipment, access to a tractor as well
as other implements. Produce must be grown sustainably, using organic
methods wherever possible. Owner can supply assistance in marketing to
restaurants, farm markets, CSA’s, etc. and possibly some financing to
help you get started. Long term arrangement prefered. This farm is
located in a lovely small town along the Connecticut shoreline with
inexpensive housing available nearby. Contact Bill at


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