Willow Valley Farm, Willington Photo by Joseph Abad
Varga Family Farm, Mansfield Photo by Joseph Abad
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.
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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
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!
Oh! You're planning on having a giant cookout with friends and family to celebrate the fourth of July this long weekend? Well, we know what will make that cookout sing. Products from our CT farmers market...like the @colchesterfarmersmarketct which is packed with local farmers and really delicious food. If you're lucky, maybe you'll even get some early tomatoes to top that delicious burger you're planning on...
Are you living in a more urban area but want to learn more about raising your own food and becoming an Urban Farmer? Well, you're in luck because On July 16 and 23rd, the I Got Next Farmers are teaming up with Keney Park and UConn's Solid Ground program to provide a training for just that! Just sign up at the link in our profile!
How to Choose and Use Cover Crops
Using the Weather to Farm
How to Determine the Quality of Produce;
Lauren Little Edutainment
Plant Health & Companion Planting
Vertical Gardening & Planting structures
Samad Gardens Initiative
Foraging Edible & Medicinal Plants
Making Regenerative Garden Amendments in the City
Can't make it to Hartford? Check out dates in Bridgeport and New Haven too!
oh my. What a lovely day. Made even lovelier by the fact that this here guide to farms in Northeastern CT is out now! They got farms for days and so much good food to experience. We suggest you give it a look through and see which farm you need to become friends with ASAP.
RePosted from @grownconnected In case you haven't heard yet.. BIG NEWS. Our 2022 version of the Guide to Farm Fresh Food in Northeastern Connecticut is out NOW! You can find it in person at many farmers markets and places you might frequently visit in the region, OR you can check out the digital version now! Filled with over 130 farms, farm activities for kids, local events, and so much more. If you love farms and live in Northeast Conn...this is for you ❤
Check it out at the link in our profile!
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
Which Farmers Market will you attend this weekend? How about @litchfieldhillsfarmfreshmarket
Located in the bucolic hills of, you guess it, Litchfield, this market is packed with local produce and dairy and baked goods, and crafts, and and, well! All the things! We suggest you take a moment and swing by in the area, or day trip it if you're feeling up to it!
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