Farming Events in Connecticut for Organic Farmers, Others

Summer of 2013 is almost over but The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Connecticut still have a handful of exciting events. For more information and online registration visit www.ctnofa.org. Plant Disease Identification - August 5 | 5:00 – 7:00 Community Farm of Simsbury, 73 Wolcott Road, Simsbury, CT Joan Allen is a diagnostician at UConn’s Home and Garden Education Center out of the UConn cooperative extension system.  Joan will be teaching about pest and disease identification in the late summer months.  The workshop will inlcude a field walk to identify pests and disease on the farm.  Registration: $30 regular and $20 for members.  Register at: www.ctnofa.org Cover Cropping and Crop Rotation - August 29 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm Community Farm of Simsbury, 73 Wolcott Road, Simsbury, CT Workshop instructor, Eero Ruutilla is currently a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for UCONN Cooperative Extension, working with Connecticut's talented community of beginner farmers as part of a new Scaling Up Program. He is also the Technical Assistance & Incubator Farm Coordinator for 3 incubator farm sites in Massachusetts for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Program and has 22 years experience as farm manager at Nesenkeag Farm, a 65 acre certified organic nonprofit farm in southern NH.  The workshop will show how cover crops can fit into a New England vegetable crop operation. Eero will demonstrate via photographs windows of opportunity for utilizing cover crop rotations to build healthy soils while suppressing weeds, insects, & disease.  Registration: $30 regular and $20 for members. Register at: www.ctnofa.org Permaculture Workshop - Monday, September 9, 2013 ~ 5:00 to 8:00 pm The Hidden Garden & Connsoil Bethlehem, CT Business Management and CSAs September 12 | 4:00pm – 7:00p pm Community Farm of Simsbury, 73 Wolcott Road, Simsbury, CT Presenter: Erin Pirro a Farm Credit East Business Consultant will instruct on business planning.  A more thorough workshop description will be available at www.ctnofa.org leading up to the event.  Stick around for a CSA Roundtable / Light Potluck: If you have a CSA, or are considering starting a CSA, bring a light dish and come with questions, stories from experience and advice.  If you are interested in leading the roundtable or being a facilitator, please let us know!  Registration: $30 regular and $20 for members.  Register at: www.ctnofa.org

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