Monday, December 30, 2013

GMO Report and our Successes, by Bill Duesing

From CT NOFA's Organic Advocate

GMO Report and our Successes

 By Bill Duesing
Some of the people who got GMO Labeling passed in Connecticut, just after it was announced that the Senate version would be passed in the House and signed by the Governor.

Our organizing work has paid off with the first GMO labeling law in the country, with FDA's admission of problems with the very flawed rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act and with the possibility of the Supreme Court hearing the case against Monsanto brought by the Organic Seed Growers and Traders Association, including CT NOFA. 

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to have a law requiring labeling of GMOs. The first state! That "Still Revolutionary" slogan is apt. This success made a number of top ten lists in the food world.

CT NOFA was an important partner in making that happen. 

Learn how to build a outdoor oven and grow shiitake mushrooms!

The Cobb Stove at the Hidden Garden and Connsoil
If you have the space on your property, building an outdoor oven is a great way to make your home more sustainable. It can also be a huge life saver if you loose power at your house (long gone are the days of eating junk foods packed with preservatives to last you until you regain power!). Also if you are a fan of Shiitake mushrooms, you will be delighted to hear they are failry easy to grow in Connecticut! 

Cynthia and Suart Rabinowitz of The Hidden Garden and Connsoil, LLC/Center for Sustainability will be presenting on both topics at the 2014 Winter Conference on March 1, 2014 at Western Connecticut State University. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Announcing the 2014 Winter Conference on March 1!

 CT NOFA welcomes gardeners, food lovers, farmers, families, environmentalists, and chefs to our annual celebration of local food and organic farms, the Winter Conference on March 1, 2014.  The Winter Conference attracted 800 of the state’s local food enthusiasts in 2013, and the 32nd Winter Conference in 2014 is expected to be the best yet! This year the conference will be held at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. 

 Fred Kirschenmann

Our keynote speaker for the 2014 conference  will be Fred Kirschenmann, a distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. Mr. Kirschenmann will be speaking on the future of agriculture through the next generation of young farmers entitled "Tomorrow's Farmer & You" . You can view his presentation on "The Future of Agriculture" .

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Boulder in the Road or Kellogg Drives Pringles Deeper into Asia

The Boulder in the Road or Kellogg Drives Pringles Deeper into Asia

By Bill Duesing

Forty years ago, I already had read enough to know that food is a critical issue and that how we grow our food and what we eat have important effects on human and environmental health and on the sustainability of civilizations.

I responded to that knowledge in what seemed like simple and sensible ways. I bought a little piece of land and started raising plants and animals and planting trees. I connected with like-minded people through the just-formed Northeast Organic Farming Association, sold produce to a store in New Haven and eventually meat and eggs to neighbors and beyond. I found ways to recycle food waste from restaurants and produce markets for animal food and compost. I invited children onto our Old Solar Farm to learn about natural cycles and farming.