This year marks a big birthday for the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA). 30 years!
This community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers (like me) has been working hard to promote methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air, and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy; to encourage the growth of a sustainable, regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just; to educate consumers about their power to effect positive changes through their food and land care choices; and, to increase the local and organic food supply and maintains productive agricultural land by creating opportunities for new and veteran farmers.
You might be saying, yeah, we know all this already, but did you know that in honor of their big 3-0, CT NOFA is hosting a series of parties? The first Block Party On The Farm is Saturday, June 23rd from 6 to 9pm at The Hickories in Ridgefield, CT. Admission is $40 per person.
In addition to a farm tour with Dina Brewster, there will be live music, dinner from Taco Pacifico, a wine tasting courtesy of Cellar XV, beer from Southport Brewing Co., iced tea from Steaz and dessert from The Cake Box.
You can make your reservation online.
If you can’t make it to the party in June, no problem, because there more parties to come: Saturday, July 14 at Hidden Brook Gardens in Ledyard and Saturday, Sept. 15 at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain.
To learn more about CT NOFA you can visit their website or watch my short interview from last year with Executive Director Bill Duesing.