August 29, 2013 ~ 5:00 to 9:00 pm Community Farm of Simsbury 73 Walcott Rd | Simsbury, CT
Simsbury— Join the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) and Eero Ruutilla, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for UCONN Cooperative Extension, at the Community Farm of Simsbury for an evening workshop on Cover Cropping and Crop Rotation. Eero Ruutilla is currently a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for UCONN Cooperative Extension, working with Connecticut's talented community of beginner farmers as part of a new Scaling Up Program. He is also the Technical Assistance & Incubator Farm Coordinator for 3 incubator farm sites in Massachusetts for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Program and has 22 years experience as farm manager at Nesenkeag Farm, a 65 acre certified organic nonprofit farm in southern NH. The workshop will show how cover crops can fit into a New England vegetable crop operation. Eero will demonstrate via photographs windows of opportunity for utilizing cover crop rotations to build healthy soils while suppressing weeds, insects, & disease.
Community Farm of Simsbury is a collaborative organization which promotes education and local agriculture, while practicing sound environmental stewardship, preserving the Town Farm, and benefiting those in need. The community farm hosts a variety of sustainable farming programs including summer and school year programming for children, an incubator farmer program and other special events.
The workshop is made possible by a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture through the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Workshop registration is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Please register in advance by calling the CT NOFA office at 203-888-5146 or by visiting www.ctnofa.org.
CT NOFA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.