Posts Tagged ‘ farms ’

Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

A new report on sustainable agriculture policy recommends that New England build its own regional food system with locally-grown products.

Let It Grow: Connecticut Leads Farm Growth In New England

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

Bucking a national trend and reversing decades of decline in the 20th century, the number of farms in Connecticut surged dramatically upward in recent years, most likely driven by growing consumer demand for fresh, locally grown food.

Rep. Courtney to tour eastern Conn. farms

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney is touring eastern Connecticut farms to raise awareness about the challenges facing local farmers, including rising energy costs. The Democratic congressman is visiting farms in North Grosvenordale, Hampton and Canterbury on Friday. The tour comes as members of Congress have failed to reach a compromise on reauthorizing the Farm Bill, major

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Thomaston farm owners challenge tax changes to their property

Mar 2nd, 2013 | By

THOMASTON — A change in tax status for some Thomaston farms has yielded a jump of more than $1 million in the town’s grand list, but is being challenged by many farm owners. For more on this story, visit: Thomaston farm owners challenge tax changes to their property – Thomaston – Foothills Media Group.

Ken Dixon: Here’s what farms grow, too: jobs

Nov 19th, 2012 | By

… Since we are what we eat, I would like to show you part of a larger, healthier picture. It’s Connecticut’s $3.6 billion, 20,000 employee agriculture industry. It starts with a plastic bottle of black currant juice and moves to a pretty awesome bowl of spicy pumpkin soup with a schmear of goat cheese on

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The Renaissance of the Connecticut Farm

Sep 10th, 2012 | By

After years of decline, Connecticut farms are on the rise, and they’re smaller, more diverse, and more self-sufficient than ever before. It seemed for a long while that Connecticut farms were going out with the 20th century as more and more farms were being plowed under to make way for new suburban housing and commercial

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Connecticut farmers adapt to climate change

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

By Mercy Quaye, Special to the Register April showers usually bring May flowers, but this year, the flowers came early. Strange weather across the state and country has many farmers adapting to a severely changing climate. In Madison, a family of farmers pulls out a vegetable stand to the side of the road daily. Though

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Couple Turns Small Farms into CSA Delivery Network

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

A husband-and-wife team connects small farms like Bitta-Blue Farm and Thankful Circle Farm in Killingworth with families who want to eat organic, healthy produce and support local agriculture. When Karen and Kedhar Thiruvalam were visiting friends in Vegas in October 2011, they saw a large cooler on the steps outside their host’s front door. Nestled

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Council Will Consider Question to Help Preserve Rocky Hill Open Space, Farms

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

The Land Acquisition and Farmland Preservation subcommittee recently approved a motion by a majority vote to send a question to the council, which asks residents to allow the town to appropriate $10 million for acquisition of land or to purchase development rights for farmland preservation and open space. Subcommitee member Frank Szeps opposed the motion.

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Big Risks for Uninsured Farmers

May 23rd, 2012 | By

The farm bill, that cyclical flashpoint, is up for reauthorization in Congress this year, and reforms are needed to help small and organic farms obtain crop insurance, the Union of Concerned Scientists argues in a new report. Crop insurance policies, which are regulated and subsidized by the Department of Agriculture, provide coverage almost exclusively on

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Organic farmers hope for boost with rivals’ labels

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Robert Burns, an organic farmer in eastern Connecticut, is candid in describing his business interest in state legislation requiring that genetically modified food be labeled. “If you’re an organic producer now, you should get ready for an increase in sales,” said the grower of lettuce, mung beans, red winter wheat berries and other vegetables. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from Stephen Singer of The Associated Press in Hartford, Conn.

Farmland Preservation program deadine Oct. 31 – By John Piscopo

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

By State Rep. JOHN PISCOPO For landowners of open space, farmland or forest land, I wanted to remind you that you have until Oct. 31 to enroll in the state’s Public Act 490 (PA 490) tax program. This program permits these types of lands to be taxed at a lower rate. The program was created

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Jim Gooch named Connecticut Farmland Trust executive director

Sep 14th, 2011 | By

A new voice will be fighting to preserve Connecticut’s farmland. The Connecticut Farmland Trust has named Jim Gooch as its new Executive Director. Gooch comes to CFT from the Portland, Maine, office of The Trust for Public Land where as Program Director he was instrumental in funding new conservation projects and building diverse partnerships.

New Haven gardens growing healthful eating habits (video)

Sep 1st, 2011 | By

NEW HAVEN — A new urban farm project is sowing the seeds of green beans and good health for families in New Haven struggling to ward off diabetes. New Haven Farms is the grassroots organization behind three community gardens popping up around town. The idea was born out of Chabaso Bakery’s garden partnership with the

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Assistance available for farmers |

Sep 1st, 2011 | By

Connecticut farmers are reminded that two agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture with offices in Norwich, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency, are available to offer assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Read more here: – Assistance available for farmers | Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and

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Malloy stop focuses on farms

Aug 26th, 2011 | By

State agencies need to find ways to work with Connecticut farmers to bolster their profits and promote the importance of buying locally grown goods to ensure the future health of the industry, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday. The Norwich Bulletin reports.

Farmer Steve Munno from Massaro Farm Fights for Small Farms and Sustainable Agriculture in D.C.

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By

Steve Munno of Massaro Farm in Woodbridge travelled to the nation’s capitol recently to show his support for small farm and sustainable agriculture federal programs that are currently facing possible death sentences.