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protect conneticut gmo labeling law

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We need ALL hands on deck.  Please call and e-mail your Congressman today and make sure they are voting NO on the DARK Act, if you have not already called.  Please state the following:  “Thank you for protecting CT’s GMO labeling law.  We need your help defeating the DARK Act (HR 1599)  Please speak with your colleagues and urge them to vote NO on the DARK Act.  Please be our voice in Washington DC”.  Not sure who your congressman is?  Click HERE: (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/).  It is critical that you make this call today as the House is expected to vote on this bill next week.  If it passes, our right to label GMOs will be overturned!!!

Better yet, if you are able, please call ALL FIVE CT Congresspeople and urge them to vote NO and encourage their colleagues to vote NO.  We need to make sure they hear from us before this vote:

John B. Larson         (202) 225-2265
Joe Courtney            (202) 225-2076
Rosa L. DeLauro     (202) 225-3661
Jim Himes                (202) 225-5541
Elizabeth Esty          (202) 225-4476


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new connecticut farmers annual meeting and hootenanny: friday feb. 20th

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The New CT Farmer Alliance (NCTFA) is hosting their 2nd Annual Meeting and Hootenanny at The Dirt Salon in Hartford, CT. The gathering will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5-10 p.m. to provide farmers with engaging opportunities to network with others who farm throughout the state.

There is no cost or membership required to attend and farmers of all ages and specialties are welcome to join. Attendees will be able to connect with other farmers in their region in a fun atmosphere full of live music, local food and craft beer, raffles, and other lively activities.

The meeting is part of NCTFA’s mission to host a social event each year in order to grow their membership and meet new farmers, as well as to celebrate the farming community’s achievements in the past year. There will be a portion of the meeting designated to reflecting on the past growing season, in addition to highlighting what will come in 2015.  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.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting and Hootenanny or the work of NCTFA, visit newctfarmers.com

About the New CT Farmer Alliance

NCTFA is a farmer-led and farmer-driven group that works to support the next generation of growers in our state. The organization formed in 2010 and is led by a steering committee of full-time and part-time farmers.  NCTFA is an affiliate of the National Young Farmers Coalition and is fiscally sponsored by the Connecticut Farmland Trust.  


Contact: Morgan Osborn, NCTFA Coordinator. newctfarmers@gmail.com


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work songs for working farms

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Noon, December 6, 2014 at Sub Edge Farm, 199 Town Farm Rd., Farmington, Connecticut

Presented by Bennett Konesni, Edith Gawler, and friends.

Join Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler (of Sylvester Manor and worksongs.org) for this small-group, hands-on, sing-out workshop  at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Participants will learn a collection of songs useful on vegetable farms with working crews. In the process, we’ll discuss how to use worksongs as a cultural technology, a tool you can use to improve your effectiveness in the field and transform your experience of mundane handwork.

Based on new experience and insights from using worksongs during the 2014 season, we will cover simple call and response songs from the Americas and Africa, and may touch on livestock calls of  Europe and Asia.  We’ll explore the careful steps you can take with your fellow cultivators to introduce songs into the field setting and touch on details such as leader/group dynamics, space and song layout, working patterns, and the history and modern practice of this lively and useful agrarian tradition.

Suggested Donation: $10.00

Visit EventBrite to register for the workshop!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/work-songs-at-sub-edge-farm-tickets-13900828753

More Info:

http://subedgefarm.com/worksongs


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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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