What is The BFA?

How do you explain to friends and family what the Bionutrient Food Association [BFA] is about?  Or are you new to the Hartford-Area Chapter and not quite sure what we are about?  Here is a great overview, thanks to the Southwest New Hampshire BFA Chapter. The BFA is an educational non-profit organization that teaches a set of principles and practices that support growers in building a high functioning biological system in the soil that grows their crops. We identify five key components that Read more [...]

Scent Frequency

This winter Mark and I have hosted a book discussion group for our BFA Chapter. The last book we read was Secrets of the Soil : New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book shares "innovative, nontraditional" things that "scientists, farmers and mystics" are doing to heal our soil. One of the chapters was about Tuning in to Nature, about frequencies. I was fascinated by the idea of scent having a frequency as I had heard mention of essential oils in Read more [...]

Nutritionally Dense Orcharding Workshop with Michael Phillips

Join us for Nutritionally Dense Orcharding with Master Orchardist Michael Phillips Event Co-Sponsored by Hartford-Area Bionutrient Food Association and CT NOFA When and Where: Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Workshop at Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Rd, Rockfall, CT 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch - either bring your own lunch or a potluck dish to share 1:00 PM - 5:00 Tour of High Hill Orchard plus Q&A, at High Hill Orchard,170 Fleming Rd, Meriden, CT 06450 Fee Read more [...]

Tour Sweet Birch Farm in Meriden with Regenerative Farmer Jerry Travers

Tour of Sweet Birch Farm, Meriden, CT, next week on July 6th! Sign up today for the rare opportunity to enjoy a tour of Jerry Travers’ Sweet Birch Farm in Meriden! Jerry Travers is sharing the vast knowledge he has acquired on growing high quality, nutrient dense foods, grown biologically and regeneratively using methods he learned from one of the legends of biological agriculture, Carey Reams. Jerry was a student of Carey Reams. For those unfamiliar, Carey Reams is the creator of the Read more [...]

Search for Seed Quality and “Seed Test Weight”

I’ve been on a quest for the highest quality vegetable garden seeds that I can find among the seed companies I have patronized over the years. As recommended by David Forster at the first BFA meeting I attended in January 2015, and Nigel Palmer at our September 2015 BFA meeting, and also Dan Kittredge, BFA Founder, on multiple occasions, I have been contacting numerous seed companies to inquire about their “seed test weights”. I have had email and phone conversations with the following: Baker Read more [...]

Notes from 9/1 BFA meeting: Lessons From Weeds at George Hall Farm in Simsbury

(Handout is at the end of these notes) Welcome to the Hartford-Area Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association For anyone new to us please help yourself to the pamphlets on the resource table - you can learn about the BFA and membership opportunities. Before we get started I’d like to take a poll. How many of your heard about us from social media? How many from paper flyers around town? How many word-of-mouth/ from a friend? How many of you are farmers? How many home gardeners? Consumers? Tonight’s Read more [...]

Using a Refractometer & Sap Press

At Thursday's Chapter meeting at Flamig Farm, Dan Kittredge gave us a brief lesson on using a sap press and refractometer to measure food quality. It was towards the end of the meeting and was past daylight so a little difficult to see the numbers in the refractometer. I thought a review plus some links were in order. I would also like to encourage you to get your children and grandchildren involved in food quality testing. On Friday I had my 8- and almost 3-year old grandkids over and Read more [...]

So about getting more of those minerals….

I was doing some research this morning on weeds, a.k.a. "cover crops" and "companion plants". I found this interesting post by Susun S. Weed on making Mineral-Rich Medicinal Vinegars. She says that vinegar draws minerals out of plants, and in the case of cooked greens it magnifies the minerals available to our bodies. It stands to reason that the same would be true for our gardens and making mineral rich herbal- (or weed-infused) apple cider vinegars would make high quality minerals more available Read more [...]

Mineral Depot Open for Business!

We have a Fedco Organic Growers Supply (http://www.fedcoseeds.com/ogs/) depot set up for delivery to Simsbury, CT at George Hall Farm, 180 Old Farms Road, they are a BFA member farm. See details on ordering below. The depot order deadline is the 1st of every month. The group's order is placed then and is delivered within the week. You will be notified via email about the delivery day. This is a great way to save on shipping costs for many hard-to-find farming and gardening supplies. Please Read more [...]

Inspiration

Notwithstanding the slug visitation in my bed of salad greens and the pests making 'paper-lace' designs on my bean and squash leaves, I have been feeling particularly inspired lately by my garden and also from watching the farms around me as their fields fill in with lush growth. I am super excited about the upcoming talks by Dan Kittredge for our group. This will be my first time hearing Dan speak to a group like this and I have heard such good things from other people who have been to his workshops Read more [...]