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Monday, January 14, 2008

Fun with farming

The farming conference to be held at the Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven next month is not a strictly vegetarian event (though there is sure to be plenty of veggie talk), but it does promise to be one in which participants should learn a lot about growing and local markets.
The Annual Community Farming Conference, sponsored by CT NOFA, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 9 in the Agricultural Experiment Station’s Jones Auditorium, 123 Huntington St., New Haven.
The Community Farming Conference “will connect three groups of people: towns and land trusts with land, community groups that want a local community farm with the food and educational opportunities it offers, and farmers who need land and local markets,” organizers said in a prepared statement. Admission: $35 for CT NOFA members, $45 for non-members.
Speakers will be: Brian O’Hara, of Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon, who will talk about “Farming for Survival;” Brianne Casadei, for Terra Firma Farm, a community farm and educational academy in Stonington, who will talk about the farm’s educational programs. Additionally, there will be a forum for community farms to exchange experiences and ideas, and small group gatherings to address particular issues of interest, the statement said.
Also, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Getting Started in Organic Farming, also sponsored by CT NOFA, will be held at the Agricultural Experiment Station. The Getting Started in Organic Farming conference is for anyone interested in starting or expanding an organic farm enterprise, or in converting a conventional farm enterprise to organic, organizer said.
Speakers will be: Ryan Voiland, owner and manager, Red Fire Farm, Granby, MA, a certified organic vegetable farm marketing through a 450 member CSA, farm stands and local wholesale channels; Rob Durgy, program assistant, UConn Home and Garden Education Center and former administrator, CT NOFA Organic Certification Program; and Don Franczyk, administrator, Baystate Organic certifiers, Massachusetts.
There also will be a panel of farmers to talk about marketing organic food.
Admission to either event is $35 for CT NOFA members, $45 for non-members. For more information and registration, visit, email, or call (203)-888-9280.



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