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    Photo by Molly Deegan

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What is #heartCTgrown?

Coming out of the UConn CAHNR Extension , #heartCTgrown is an initiative to promote farms, Farmer's Markets, CSA's, and pick-your-own operations throughout the state of Connecticut.  We believe that local food is an important venue for making meaningful connections to each other and to building strong, resilient, healthy communities that are ready to tackle challenges together. We hope to share the stories of these connections, and that it will encourage you to tell your stories too.

Want #heartctgrown in your inbox?  Sign up for our seasonal newsletter that explores some of the great agricultural traditions, and new practices, that make CT grown products and people worth getting to know and sharing with your community.

If you follow any vegetable growers this may be a familiar sight for you. These seeds are the beginning of many of the summer veggies that you'll enjoy in the coming months and farmers are getting them started NOW so that when the warmer weather comes around you can crunch into your favorite cucumber from say @fieldengineerfarm (who may still have spots left in their CSA!)⠀

Photo by Field Engineer Farm⠀

#thinkspring #seeds #veggiesseeds #seedlings #getready #springiscoming #planting #seeding #newcrops #CSAfarmers #veggiefarmers #CTfarmers #smallfarms #homegrown #locallygrown #CTfarms #eatlocal #agmorethanever #CTgrown #heartctgrown
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We love this❤️❤️! Not only are there plenty of women who have done a lot in ag, but there are a lot of lady farmers in our state so remember to give them a shout out for #nationalwomansmonth ! Can’t wait to see your post @shaggycoosfarm !

#ladyfarmer #womeninag #womeninagriculture #womenempowerment #womanownedbusiness #ctfarmers #ctfarms #heartctgrown
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Before February & #BlackHistoryMonth is too far behind, we want share part of this article about the power Black Farmers have in farming. Shout out to Black Farmers in CT feeding their communities & caring for the land! ⠀
Read the whole article "FOR BLACK FARMERS, GROWING FOOD HAS BEEN A FORM OF RESISTANCE" at Agritecture.com ⠀

"For more than 150 years, from the rural South to northern cities, Black people have used farming to build self-determined communities and resist oppressive structures that tear them down.⠀

Today, agriculture still serves an important role in the lives of Black people, which is why we see urban agriculture projects and programs in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington D.C. and other cities across the United States. In all of these cities, there are Black-led organizations cultivating food and land sovereignty by helping individuals and communities regain agency and ownership over their food system...⠀

...farming is not new to Black people. While some dominant modern narratives talk about urban agriculture as an innovative way to build community and fight food insecurity, Black folks in this country have been growing food in cities for as long as they have lived in cities. Before that, our ancestors lived in deep relationship with the land...⠀

Black farmers across the South created cooperatives largely in response to the anti-Black government and society; in response to supermarkets not serving Black customers; in response to White people terrorizing Black folks when they tried to register to vote. These cooperatives were a means of providing economic autonomy, political education, and collective agency to Black people in the South.⠀

Despite migration patterns from the South to the North and Midwest, many Black urban communities have kept in touch with their agricultural roots, establishing farms and gardens throughout the United States. Black people have ancestral ties to this land – to caring for it, nurturing it, loving it, and allowing it to heal our communities and us…and we have faced immeasurable discriminatory practices and policies as we sought to reclaim and live in relationship with the land..."⠀
📷 by Gabrielle Clark
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