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job posting: part-time connecticut farmer alliance coordinator

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A very exciting part-time job opportunity in Connecticut!

The Connecticut New Young Farmer Alliance is seeking a coordinator to help grow their network, manage events, and promote their organization. The ideal applicant will be passionate about farming and farmers, experienced with event coordination, an savvy with social media.

Check out the posting HERE!

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and two references to newctfarmers@gmail.com


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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!

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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

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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.

Registration:

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
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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…

BUILD YOUR NETWORK, GROW OUR FUTURE
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!

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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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