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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.

There were plenty of good fresh eats that you could get for all your celebrations this past 4th of July weekend, and we hope you know that one of those fresh delicious local options is sweet corn! Yes, it's starting to come in at farms near you and whether you're doing a clam bake with local clams or putting #CTgrown goodies on the grill, we're excited to get these kernels stuck in between our teeth #WorthIt

Photo by @wadesfarm

#SweetCorn #LocalCorn #CTcorn #CornOnTheCob #InSeason #Grilling #Steamed #Boiled #Raw #AllGood #EatWithYourHands #CTfarms #CTfarmers #heartCTgrown
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Oh hey there farm loving friends. Are you looking for something to do this long weekend (especially with the kids who are now with you 24/7 because they're out of school? Our friends over at @ctfarmland came up with this cool activity to support CT farms while exploring them! The inaugural "Scavenger Hunt" is designed to be fun, delicious, creative, and educational for families with young children ages 5 to 12, anywhere in CT.

Learn more and register today at the link in our profile!

Four weekends to play, more than 30 "missions" to complete, only 200 team slots available. $25/team. No limit on size of team, but the Trust says "you'll have the most fun with up to five people."
To be Covid conscious, YOU have control over how many people you interact with. The “missions” and submissions are shared on a free virtual platform: GooseChase.
Check it out and have fun!

#GooseChase #ScavengarHunt #FunatFarms #FindFarms #FindFood #EatLocal #Explore #ExploreCT #FindAdventures #LoveToWin #CTFarms #CTfarmers #CTgrown #heartCTgrown
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Well. We're back with another #weekendread and unfortunately it's not good news. Meeting the Jumping Worm. They look like our friendly earthworm but actually take away nutrients from the soil and can harm animals that might eat them because they are able to accumulate toxic metals in their bodies. Be on the lookout and note that it's advised that you do "not buy compost or mulch unless the seller can prove it has been heat-treated from 105 degrees to 131 degrees for at least three days, and do not buying worms on the Internet"
Read more about it at the link in our profile

#SomethingElse #Invasive #InvasiveSpecies #WatchOut #JumpingWorms #SoilHealth #WhatsNext #Worms #CTfarms #CTfarmers #CTgrown #heartCTgrown
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Did you know that this week is Pollinator Week? Well, in case you aren't celebrating our tenacious little honey bees every day and all the delicious honey they provide, we suggest that maybe this is a good way to start! (Not to mention all the other little winged friends that hover from flower to flower). So don't swat those bees- let them be and like this friend of ours from the @huneebeeproject, show them some love

Photo from the Huneebee Project

#PollinatorWeek #HoneyBees #Pollinators #SaveTheBees #BuzzBuzz #PollinateOurFarms #Beekeepers #BeekeeperInTraining #Honey #BeeHives #CTfarms #CTfarmers #CTgrown #HeartCTgrown
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