Friday, December 28, 2012

More on FDA's Decision on Genetically Engineered Salmon

According to the Center for Food Safety, “The FDA decision ignores calls from more than forty members of the U.S. Congress who have repeatedly urged FDA to conduct more rigorous review of environmental and health safety, and halt any approval process until concerns over risks, transparency and oversight have been fully satisfied.  The public filed nearly 400,000 comments demanding FDA reject this application.  Additionally, more than 300 environmental, consumer, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fishing groups and associations, food companies, chefs and restaurants filed joint statements with FDA opposing approval.”

Photo: AquaBounty
According to Fishermen’s News Online, “Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said the notion that Frankenfish is safe for the public and the oceans is a joke. “I will fight tooth and nail with my Alaska colleagues to make sure consumers have a clear choice when it comes to wild and sustainable versus lab-grown science projects,” the senator said. “People want to know they are eating natural, healthy, wild salmon,” Begich said. The FDA’s assessment imperils both families and fishermen, he said.”

The FDA has announced the availability for public comment of the Agency’s draft environmental assessment for genetically engineered salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies.  The Agency has a finding of no significant impact.  

While it might seem like the FDA doesn't pay any attention to public opinion, it's important to tell them, with an even louder collective voice, that GE Salmon at best requires much more research before it is approved for human consumption, unregulated production, and to be farmed in delicately balanced water systems.  

To make a public comment, you must go to:
In the search field, copy and paste the Docket Number: FDA-2011-N-0899
Three results will come up, comment on the document titled “Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Genetically Engineered Salmon"

You can also mail your comments to Division of Dockets Management (HFA-
305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, 
Rockville, MD 20852

Thursday, December 27, 2012

CT NOFA Invites Serious Beginning Farmers to Apply for the Journeyperson Program

Journeyperson Joe Listro and his mentor, Dina Brewster from The Hickories,
at Sullivan Farm in New Milford
The Journeyperson Program aims to provide serious beginning farmers with the opportunity to learn skills and techniques and gain experience they will need to succeed as farmers and business owners.

Deadline: January 15, 2013
The Journeyperson program strives to support farmers in the education gap between apprentice and independent farmer and to provide resources and opportunities for prospective new farmers who have completed an apprenticeship to further develop skills they need to farm independently. The program is shaped by the farming interests and goals of individual participants. New farmers are able to gain advanced farming experience, skill and perspective in a supportive environment while also becoming part of a sustainable farming network.

Each Journeyperson, once selected, is matched with a mentor, who is then paid through the “Cultivating a New Crop of Farmers from Apprenticeship to Independence” grant (funded by NIFA through the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program) for their time and work. These arrangements are flexible and are shaped by the journeyperson and the mentor. Some farmer-mentors also offer access to land, equipment, and support so a journeyperson can farm independently.

Journeyperson Max Taylor (who is a JP along with Kerry Taylor)
samples Provider Farm's melons with his mentor Rob Schacht from
Hunts Brook Farm.
Additional resources available to journeypeople include free admission to CT NOFA events, and education and business stipends. All people who go through the Journeyperson program must enter an agreement describing goals and objectives for the program which will include completing full farm plans and business plans. Journeypeople are expected to attend regular mentor meetings, a number of CT NOFA workshops, and check in with CT NOFA employees about their progress. A grant from the USDA has enabled NOFA Chapters of New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey join with the Main Organic Farming and Gardening Association in offering this program.

Apply online at For more information or a print application, please contact the Beginning Farmer Coordinator: Kristiane Huber at or 203-888-5146

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Caroling to Support Locally Grown Food

Spread holiday cheer while also spreading the word about locally grown foods! During this holiday season,  let's take a moment to think about where our food comes from and reflect on why it's important to buy locally grown, sustainably produced goods - through song!

Lyrics by Bob Waldrop (edited for Connecticut)
Tune: Deck the halls with boughs of holly

(1) Tis the season for the feastin',
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
Taste nutrition can't be beaten,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
Nurturing the land and people,
Farm and city joining hands.
Tis the season for the feastin',
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!

(2) Care for people and creation,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
Hope throughout the bio-region,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
From our farms onto our tables,
we will bless the way we eat!
Care for people and creation,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!

(3) Healing nature with earth's beauty,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
Wisdom, joy fulfilling duty,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
Eating with the changing seasons,
Chasing the CAFOs from our land!
Healing nature with earth's beauty,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!

(4) Social justice, sustainability,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
Economic viability,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!
These our values, govern always,
They will take us forward far!
Three in number the core values,
Connecticut Grown Foods are good to eat!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

FDA Moves Closer to Approving Genetically Engineered Salmon

The Consumers Union and the Center for Food Safety have responded to the news of the FDA releasing an Environmental Assessment on genetically engineered salmon with a "Finding of No significant Impact."  This decision indicates that the Obama Administration will approve the genetically engineered salmon, for production for human consumption.

The Center for Food Safety has set up this online petition opposing the approval of GE Fish.  According to CFS' e-mail alert:

FDA says escape is unlikely and that the fish pose “no impact” to the environment. But each year millions of farmed salmon escape, outcompeting wild populations for resources and straining ecosystems. Any approval of GE salmon would represent a serious threat to the survival of native salmon populations, many of which have already suffered severe declines related to salmon farms and other man-made impacts. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences notes that a release of just sixty GE salmon into a wild population of 60,000 could lead to the extinction of the wild population in less than 40 fish generations. Wild salmon populations are already on the Endangered Species List; approving these GE salmon will be the final blow to these wild stocks.

The human health impacts of eating GE fish, which would be the first-ever GE food animal, are entirely unknown, but some scientific research raises cause for alarm: for example, some scientists have asserted that foreign growth hormones in transgenic fish may increase production of other compounds such as insulin in the fish. Additionally, FDA has recognized that a transgene cannot be “turned off” once it is inserted in the organism, and will therefore have effects that are uncontrollable.

The Consumers Union raises other concerns including:

  • the potential of the fish to cause allergic reactions have not been thoroughly tested
  • the FDA's finding of "no significant impact" is based on the assumption that the engineered salmon will have sterile females, but the FDA indicates that 5% of the salmon may be fertile - for instance fish at an egg production facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada would not be sterile
  • genetically modified salmon will not be labeled in fish markets, restaurants or supermarkets
Sorry for the bad news right before the holidays, but it's likely that this decision was made at this time of the year with the hopes that the American public is distracted.  But, really - what if your Christmas dinner next year is genetically engineered salmon?  Sign the petition today.

Happy Holidays,

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New CT NOFA Intern, Quick Introduction

Hello CT NOFA fans and followers! My name is Katie Kabot and I have recently joined the CT NOFA team as an intern. I would like to take some time to quickly introduce myself.

I am from Stamford, CT and have recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Environmental Studies and Communications. During my time at the University of Connecticut I was involved with many environmental initiatives and community service projects. It was through these experiences that I learned about the environmental effects of industrial agriculture and developed a passion for creating local and organic food systems. This passion took me to Florence, Italy for my last semester where I completed a study abroad program centered around environmental sustainability and sustainable agriculture. After traveling to numerous organic and bio-dynamic farms and experiencing the Italian food culture I realized that I wanted to work towards creating this type of food system back at home.

After completing the study abroad program and graduating in December 2011, I joined AmeriCorps NCCC a team based national service program. Although I completed many community service projects during this time, there was one project in particular that helped to reinforce my passion for local and organic foods. For two months I worked in an area of Cedar Rapids, IA that had been devastated after a severe flood in 2008, taking abandoned house lots and turning them into vibrant urban farms. Seeing community members gain interest and excitement about the local food system being brought to their community showed me that such a transformation is possible.

I am excited to have this opportunity with CT NOFA and what I can bring to this position.

Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scrambling to Find the Perfect Holiday Gift?

There's been a lot of talk lately at the CT NOFA office about holiday gift giving and the staff's various levels of gift-buying/making completion. The holidays are a busy time of year, and that can mean there's not a lot of time available to buy or make meaningful gifts for loved ones. After all, no matter how well-intentioned or thoughtful our holiday gift-giving plans are, there are still only 24 hours in a day. Last year, a time crunch meant my husband had to make the vast majority of gift decisions in our household, but this year I was spared the stress of a last minute gift-buying bonanza because I knew where to look for locally-made products. If you are in the midst of wracking your brain for unique gift ideas, consider buying locally-produced items from Connecticut farms and winter farmers markets.

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory has seen a 52 percent increase in winter farmers markets this year. This, of course, means more opportunities to buy locally produced in-season foods for your holiday cooking. Winter markets, however, are also great places to go for unique locally-made gifts for family and friends. Items available at the markets can include fresh and preserved fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats, baked goods, eggs, nuts, honey, soaps, wool and fiber, Christmas trees, and holiday decorations. If you're throwing a holiday party, a larger market can literally cover all of your bases, providing food, decor, and gifts for the event. Check out a list of markets that feature at least one CT NOFA member farmer here, or click here for the CT Department of Agriculture's full holiday list.

Even if you can't make it to a farmers market in time to buy holiday gifts, many farms also offer goods for sale in the winter from farm stores and online. The second option is especially helpful if you're really busy - just don't forget to order far enough in advance to account for shipping time. Each farm sells their goods a little differently, so check out our Farm and Food Guide here to find farms in your area that you can visit.  You can also use the Guide as a database of farm websites that you can peruse when shopping online.

However you choose to complete your holiday shopping, don't forget to have fun and feel the spirit of the season! Have a great afternoon!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Want to Get More Involved with CT NOFA?

CT NOFA Board Members Sought!
CT NOFA is looking for board members with Fundraising, Legal and/or Volunteer Coordination Experience.

The Board member will:
  1. Attend in-person meetings approximately every other month
  2. Participate in conference call meetings on the alternate month
  3. Participate or lead the appropriate committee of the Board, with separate meetings for committee
  4. Attend CT NOFA events, have fun, eat great food and advocate for local, organic food and organic land care
Please contact John Turenne, Vice-President of the CT NOFA Board.  You can learn more about the current CT NOFA board here.

CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.  We are the largest and oldest organization in the state that educates about and advocates for local organic food, farming, and land care.  You can learn more about us and our mission here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Working Together for a Sustainable Future in Connecticut


At this joyous time of year, we ask you to do what you can to support sustainable organic agriculture and land care in Connecticut. For our part, we are working smarter and harder to maintain the high level of programming and distribute the timely, relevant content you have come to expect from us. However, we cannot do it alone.
Thank you, and let's keep it going.

Together we've made important strides and have had a great impact creating a strong demand for locally-produced organic foods in Connecticut.

Here are just a few of the things we've accomplished
Hidden Brook Gardens on-farm workshop

  • 125 local farms and businesses are listed in Connecticut NOFA's 2012-2013 Farm and Food Guide
  • Annually, 10,000 free copies the Farm and Food Guide are distributed across the state
  • 4000 people receive CT NOFA's Gleanings e-Newsletter monthly 
  • Over 400 farmers receive The Farmer e-News
  • Thousands of people are reached each week using social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook
  • Over 200 people receive our new CT School Garden Network e-Newsletter, Growing and Learning
  • The CT NOFA Facebook page has an average 5000 person weekly reach
  • 300 people have taken our on-farm workshops on winter food growing techniques and other topics 
  • 60 women over four years have taken the Beginning Women Farmer Program
  • Over 800 people have attended CT NOFA's educational programs so far this year

 Impact of the NOFA Organic Land Care Program (OLC)

The NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care are the only standards of their kind that have been accepted into the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Family of Standards. These standards include the Basic Organic Principles-Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care as the foundation for all land care programs and projects. Here's what we've accomplished:
  • In 10 years over 1200 professional landscapers have taken the NOFA Accreditation Course in OLC
  • Compost Tea Advanced Workshop 
    526 of these professionals maintain their Accreditation with the NOFA Organic Land Care Program
  • 300 professional landscapers have taken the NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course
  • Over 2,000 copies of the Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards were distributed 
  • 1000 land care professionals receive the monthly NOFA AOLCP eNewsletter
  • 1000 Homeowners receive our quarterly newsletter
  • NOFA Organic Land Care's Facebook page has over 300 fans and reaches 1200 people each week
  • Over 200 homeowners have attended our 90 minute workshops on organic land care
  • Our program has been copied by Oregon Tilth, the State of New York and Rutgers University 
And there's more to be done! Will you give a year-end gift to help carry our work forward? Now more than ever, we need your continued support of CT NOFA for our Annual Appeal. 

This is a 100% tax-deductible gift that supports our operations and allows us to build a sustainable local food system and a healthier environment for all the residents of this beautiful state we live in and learn from. Please help us to help others and together we will weather these uncertain economic times. We are reaching out and asking for you to consider an Annual Appeal gift of $100 or more.

     We've made it easy   
  • You can donate securely online by clicking the button above. 
  • You can join by clicking the button below. 
  • If you're already a member, renew by December 31st to extend your current membership at 2012 membership prices.

Do you work for a company with a Matching Gift Program? If so, please submit a matching gift form with your donation and

double the impact of your gift
to CT NOFA. 

We thank you for your continued support. Please know that your contribution and membership will be gratefully received and deeply appreciated.

With gratitude,

Bill Duesing
Executive Director

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  All of us in the CT NOFA office sat down for a Thanksgiving Potluck with local pumpkin pie, corn-bread with local peppers in it, local potato-leek soup, quinoa-stuffed squash rings, and some probably not-as-local-brownies.

What a feast! Hopefully if you eat turkey, you've already ordered and picked up your local turkey.  If you don't eat turkey, we know you won't starve. Hopefully you've already visited the New York Times Wells' Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2012 (even if you aren't a vegetarian, these recipes will make your mouth water).  Mark Bittman also writes about the Thanksgiving staple, the sweet potato, one of my personal favorite Thanksgiving foods.

Next week after days of eating, left-overs, and potentially some shopping (maybe skip Black Friday for Local Business Saturday!) you will receive CT NOFA's Annual Membership appeal, if you're already a member or are involved in some way with our programs.  As our 30th anniversary year is ending, we are so thankful for CT NOFA's first thirty years and for your support.  Donations and memberships enable CT NOFA's staff to make a real difference hosting a winter conference, farming conference, eight farm workshops, three gardening workshops, two organic land care accreditation courses, four advanced organic land care workshops, and an organic land care conference.  We are almost out of 2012-2013 CT NOFA Farm and Food Guides, which means that nearly 10,000 people in the state of Connecticut received a guide to how to buy food organically and sustainably this past year.

In the same way that you choose organic foods, and buy locally in order to invest in your community and environment, we ask that you consider becoming a member, or renewing your membership, to sustain the work of CT NOFA for another thirty years, and beyond!  Of course you can join or donate now, but keep your eye out for the appeal e-mail to read more about what we've accomplished this year, and what we've got planned for next year that can only happen with your support.

Have a Happy, Hearty, Delicious Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

CSA School Program on November 28

On November 28 in Haddam, CT the UConn Extension with the funding of the USDA Risk management Agency is hosting an all-day, intensive CSA School.  This is a great way to learn from other farmers about their experiences operating CSAs of all shapes, sizes and models here in Connecticut.  Check out the agenda:

8:30 Welcome- Jude Boucher, UConn Cooperative Extension
Who is your CSA customer? – Monique Basch

8:45 - 9:15 Traditional CSA Vegetable Share
Paul Bucciaglia, Fort Hill Farm, New Milford
Key elements of the CSA model

9:15—9:45 Multi-farmer CSA
Brad Isnard, Bishop’s Orchard CSA
Working with other farmers, using CSA share add-ons

9:45 – 10:00 BREAK
10:00 – 11:00 Multi-season CSA/Partnering with Chefs
Fred and Stacia Monahan, Stone Garden CSA, Shelton
Deciding to shift to CSA business and impact on farm income, layering CSA shares, aspects of managing large # of members

11:00 – 11:30 Meat CSA
Rick Hermonot, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Sterling
Unique aspects of operating a meat CSA, share options, aggregating product from other farmers

11:30 – 12:15 LUNCH

12:15 – 1:00 Tips & Tools for CSA business management
Jiff Martin, UConn Cooperative Extension
Model CSA contract, share prices, communicating with members, case studies and snapshots, innovative aggregation models

1:00 – 1:30 Insuring a CSA
Joe Bonelli – UConn Cooperative Extension

1:30 - 2:30 Getting Started – What I learned my first year running a CSA
Farmer Panel:
 Michelle Collins – Fair Weather Acres, Rocky Hill
 Bruce Gresczyk Jr. – Gresczyk Farms, New Hartford
 Steve Munno – Massaro Community Farm, Woodbridge
Moderated by Jude Boucher, UConn Extension Center

2:30 - 3:30
CT NOFA will be hosting a roundtable discussion for farmers who are just getting started with a CSA, those who are looking to improve or scale up their CSA and a discussion about CSA Regulations.  The group will break out into smaller groups to learn about:

Group A – Getting Started – Led by Max and Kerry Taylor (Provider Farm)
Group B – Getting Better – Led by Steve Munno (Massaro Farm)
Group C – Regulating the CSA – CSA farm businesses and issues with town and
state government, led by Joan Nichols from the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association

Register by filling out this form and sending it to
24 Hyde Avenue
Vernon, CT, 06066

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Successful Organic Land Care Business Workshop

On Friday, November 9, 2012, the NOFA Organic Land Care Program hosted its fourth advanced workshop, titled Business Essentials: Pricing and Marketing your Landscaping Services for Success. The half-day workshop was held at the Connecticut Forest and Park Association in Rockfall, CT. Frank Crandall of Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions in Wakefield, Rhode Island began the first presentation about pricing and estimating organic versus conventional lawn care services.

Frank started out by reviewing the fundamentals of profitable estimates, and then went on to compare the pricing of organic, transitional, and conventional lawn care programs over a three year period. Frank was able to show from the three year comparison that:
a transition program can convert to fully organic after the second year
an organic program can approach traditional lawn care in cost in the third year and
all phases of the organic plan can be profitable with comprehensive estimating

One of the biggest concerns many land care professionals and clients have about organic land care is the idea that it more costly and less profitable than traditional land care. Frank's presentation argued that this isn't always the case, as long as land care professionals provide accurate estimating, and make sure to sell organic as a comprehensive program rather than the organic version of a 4-step program. Frank emphasized discussing expectations with clients before signing an agreement, to ensure that clients understand the differences in methodology between organic and conventional management. He also noted that it's easier to finalize contracts with clients that request organic services rather than trying to convert traditional customers. More>

If you are interested in organic landscaping, we are excited to tell you about our other upcoming events this winter, including our Accreditation Courses, Annual Gathering, and Organic Lawn Care Certificate CoursesCheck out our website to learn more.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

GMO Labeling Movement Pushes On Despite Prop 37 Defeat

Former Fairfax, CA Mayor Frank Eggar campaigning. Photo: S. Bates
Yesterday Californians voted on Proposition 37, a GMO labeling initiative that we've been following for many months now.  Unfortunately, the initiative lost by 6 percentage points, with the no on 37 vote at 53.7% and the yes vote at 46.3% as of early this morning.  This is certainly discouraging news, since labeling only seeks to give consumers the basic right to know what is in their food, and the initiative was favored by a large majority of California voters up until recently.  Agribusiness giants have been able to sway public opinion on GMO labeling by wielding huge sums of money used to advertise the no on 37 campaign.  With such wealthy opposition, the fight to label genetically modified foods in this country might seem like an impossible dream, but in the wake of the Prop 37 defeat, I want to share with you a quote from the San Francisco Chronicle's article written today:
Stacy Melken, a spokeswoman for the Prop, 37 campaign, said supporters believe they will win the labeling debate over the long term. She noted that proponents were outspent by a five to one margin and still managed to capture more than 4.2 million votes.

"We showed that there is a food movement in the United States, and it is strong, vibrant and too powerful to stop," she said. "We always knew we were the underdogs."
That quote helped to put things in perspective for me, and I don't feel nearly as discouraged now as I did this morning.  The fact that the yes on 37 campaign was outspent five to one and still managed to rally nearly half the California vote is really impressive, and proves that money is powerful, but a strong movement is more powerful.  It often takes time to build a movement, and even more time to push the values of that movement through government, so although feeling discouraged is natural and understandable in the wake of a defeat, the truth is that the loss of Prop 37 is really just one part of a much larger picture.

The GMO labeling movement isn't going away.   The issue of labeling will continue to be brought up in the political sphere, forcing agribusiness to spend its money each time to quell it until finally enough people who won't be swayed by costly marketing exist to pass a labeling law.  Proposition 37 shows us how far we have come as Americans who want the right to know what is in our food.  It shows how resourceful and resilient the movement is, and it shows that we really can pass labeling legislation if we keep working toward it.  In the meantime, know what's in your food by knowing where your food comes from.  Buy whole, local, organic, and in season whenever possible, and get to know farmers near you.  Ask your grocery store to stock more local items, and start a garden in your yard, or in containers if you don't have a yard.  And talk to your friends and family about GMOs and why it's important to label them.  Check out and sign the federal petition, and if you still feel a bit discouraged, read this article.  Labeling initiatives are currently being brought up in other states and nationally.  Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt company, and chairman of the "Just Label It" campaign, puts it very succinctly:
Labeling of GE (genetically engineered) foods is not a question of whether, but when.
Have a great evening!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Do or Die in California: OCA's Final Plea

A message from the Organic Consumers Association:

The final Pepperdine pre-election poll on the November 6 Proposition 37 California ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods came out October 30. After enjoying a 26-point lead for the past six months, our side is now supposedly 10 points behind in the polls. The online poll, which in theory has a margin of error of 3-5%, was conducted before our Yes on Prop 37 TV ads finally began running last weekend. But the results are nonetheless alarming.

We still enjoy a lead among those who don't watch TV, but the opposition's ads have turned huge numbers of California TV-watchers against us.

For a full month Monsanto and their allies have pounded the California airwaves with nearly $50 million in TV and radio ads, spewing lies about how mandatory labeling for genetically engineered food will mean higher costs for consumers, lawsuits clogging the courts, "confusing" labels and poor farmers and grocers facing "nightmares of paperwork." Surveys have shown that once undecided or even opposed voters see our Yes on Prop 37 ads they change their minds, and come back over to our side. But we're running out of time - and money - to reach those voters. Meanwhile, money continues to pour into the opposition's campaign. Monsanto just upped its contribution this week from $7.1 million to more than $8 million.

We can still win on Nov. 6, by exposing millions of confused or undecided California voters to our TV ads. But we need to raise money, and we need to raise it today. Please click here to make a donation today.

In addition to running more ads, we need to step up our ground strategy in these last few days. Our 10,000+ volunteers for Yes on 37 are fighting back on the ground by talking to voters in front of supermarkets, sharing information with their friends by email and on Facebook, and by talking to prospective voters on the phone. These grassroots efforts will culminate in a major Get-Out-the-Vote campaign on November 6.

If you live in California, we desperately need you to hand out leaflets at grocery stores between now and Nov.6. If you can spare a few hours, please sign up here for instructions on where to get leaflets and where we need help.

If you live outside California, please volunteer for our national phone bank to help us call millions of California voters. It's easy. You can get quick, easy online training and sign up for one or more shifts here - and it won't cost you a dime in phone charges.

The "Do or Die" moment of truth has arrived in this David versus Goliath battle. The whole world is watching. We desperately need your emergency last-minute donations and your volunteer energy. Please support us in these last five days of this historic campaign!

Have a great weekend!