Two New Agriculture Planning Documents!

The RiverCOG Ag Council has posted two new agriculture planning documents on the “Know Your Farmers” website! The first is entitled conservationoptionsctfarmland102416-1“Conservation Options for Connecticut: A Guide for Landowners, Land Trusts & Municipalities”. The second is entitled planning-for-agriculture-ct-guide_2016_final-1“Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities”.
Check them out!

Connecticut Department of Ag Weekly Report Highlights Cromwell’s Phoenix Farm

Go to the home page of the “Know Your Farmers” website (www.ctrivervalleyfarmers.org) and click on the Weekly Report link in the upper right! You’ll see the DOA Weekly Report highlighting one of your RiverCOG-Middlesex County farms – Phoenix Farms of Cromwell!

Connecticut Craft Breweries

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Check out this month’s Connecticut Magazine! Among numerous other Connecticut craft breweries is the lower CT River’s own “Fat Orange Cat Brewery” in East Hampton. If you’re into the new craft brewery craze in Connecticut, you have to read this article! You can check out FOCB on the “Know Your Farmers” website.

Tomatoes?

Although I watch over this Know Your Farmers blog, I’m not an expert “farmer”. Here’s a question for you. I have been pretty unsuccessful at growing tomatoes on my property on Saybrook Point. Sandy soil, plenty of sun. I use organic soil and “bagged” manure – products bought from garden centers. My neighbors across the street always have GREAT crops! They buy seedlings from farms, I buy mine from Walmart.
Is that my problem? I’m pretty sure I keep up with everything!
Any words of wisdom out there for tomatoes! Thank God I’m not trying to subsist on my farming!

CTDEEP Releases New Aquifer Video

What is an aquifer? Aquifers and the water they hold are obviously important to us all, and particularly to farmers. The DEEP has produced a new video that explains aquifers that “unlocks the mystery of our fragile, hidden water resources, showing the viewer how an aquifer is recharged and holds water, how it can be contaminated, and how the aquifers can be cleaned of contamination.” Check it out the new video here.

Obituary, Edward “Cowboy” Hills III of Middletown

cowboyMany in the region were saddened to hear of the passing of Edward “Cowboy” Hills III of Middletown last Thursday. He was a longtime Public Works employee in the City of Middletown, a farmer, and a member of the RiverCOG Regional Agriculture Council and he will be missed. You can see the obituary here.  You can also go to the Notices page on the “Know Your Farmers” website to learn more about the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (NPDPSC).

Agricultural Easement Workshop

cfltlogo091216If you’re a Town Planner or Municipal Official, and you’re interested in learning more about agricultural easements and how they can be used to enhance your town’s agricultural resources, there’s a workshop that may be just for you! The CT Farmland Trust is conducting a workshop on just this subject on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 10:15am to 12:45pm at the Norwich Otis Library. Go to the CT Farmland Trust website to register for this free event. Other workshops directed toward attorneys and land trust employees and volunteers will follow later in October.

Discussion on CT Farm Energy

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The RiverCOG Regional Agriculture Council meets this Thursday evening at 7pm at RiverCOG, 145 Dennison Road in Centerbrook.  There’ll be a CT Farm Energy discussion with Amanda Fargo-Johnson of CT RC&D out of Haddam.

The Connecticut Farm Energy Program was started in May 2009 as a partnership between the USDA Rural Development and the Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. as a pilot program that provided Ag Producers and Ag Based Small Business in New London and Windham Counties with Grant Writing Assistance to apply for USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants. CT Farm Energy program also serves as a resource on energy as it relates to agriculture in Connecticut.

For more information, go to http://www.ctfarmenergy.org/About.html.

Lower Connecticut River Valley Farmers Blog Welcome!

Greetings!  Finally, we at “Know Your Farmers”, the agricultural blog for the Lower Connecticut River Valley, have added a blog to the “Know Your Farmers” website!  We’re hoping we’ll start a conversation about all of the wonderful farms, farmers and products offered by our farmers!

How has the summer been for you all?  Have your customers found their way to your farm or farmers market?