Learn About Gardening, Small-Scale Farming – CT NOFA Winter Conference

If you are interested in growing your own food, community gardening, small-scale farming, or any related topics consider attending the CT NOFA Winter Conference on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Held at Western Connecticut State University, this year’s conference will be the 32nd annual winter conference held by the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). CT NOFA consists of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals and consumers working together to promote healthy, organic, and sustainable gardening and farming practices. CT NOFA also works to educate consumers about such practices and encourages them to support local growers and farmers growing food using such methods.

Press Release Winter Conference 2014 (2)One does not have to be a large grower to glean useful and valuable information and training from the many, many topics presented at the Winter Conference. Anyone, even balcony gardeners, interested in learning more about organic and sustainable food growing and production methods can find something of interest at the conference.

Click topics to scroll through the long list of workshops. Click Registration to sign up.

Registration remains open until February 24, 2014.

Even if you cannot attend CT NOFA’s Winter Conference, take some time to learn more about CT NOFA. They offer resources for gardeners, seasoned farmers and those wanting to try their farming skills, creating school and community gardens, organic landscape practices, and they annually publish a guide to Connecticut’s Organic Farms and Orchards.

Getting to know CT NOFA is a wonderful way to increase your understanding of and connection to local growers, some of whom may be your neighbors.

AT a time when consumers are so bombarded by goods and services from lands afar, CT NOFA acts as a local resource for local growers, producers and consumers.

Check them out.

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White Blooms, Red Blooms – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Cold and snow continue to be the most descriptive words for February. Though temperature swings have been common this winter, and often melt all previous snow, winter returns with a vengeance bring heavy wet snow and biting cold air. But inside, white bloom and red blooms brighten spirits this February 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Just a month ago amaryllis blooms were only a promise.

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But today they are in full glory, first presented as seen in the camera’s flash.

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Captured later in more natural light.

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Nearby, a new cyclamen compliments the ladies in white by dressing herself in deep red blooms.

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Together they brighten even the grayest February day, reminding that next month spring starts.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Head to Carol’s site to see what’s blooming in gardens all over the world.

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