Hartford-Area Chapter’s 2016 Meeting Calendar

We have so many great plans in the works! We’ve got a list of topics and speakers we’re working to bring in for our group. Be sure to join us!
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January 12 Chapter Meeting –
location: Talcott Family Chiropractic Health Food Store, Farmington CT
Topic #1 – Grass-Fed Bulk Discount Meat buying program at TFC Health Food Store by Dave Mendelson
Topic #2 – SPIN Farming – presentation by Brenda Sullivan of Thompson Street Farm, S. Glastonbury
(Small Plot INtensive farming)Meeting

January 23 Day 2 of Dan Kittredge’s Soil and Nutrition Workshop,
in Simsbury (Day 1 had been back on November 7, 2015)

February 1 Chapter Meeting on Seeds!
at Berlin’s Peck Memorial Library
Seed Library – Speaker: Chris Fasciano of the Berlin Peck Memorial Library
An Organic Farmer’s Perspective – Speaker: Daren Hall of the George Hall Farm, Simsbury
BFA Recommendations on Seed Quality Seed-Starting – Speaker: Kris McCue, chapter co-leader

February 22 Chapter Meeting at George Hall Farm in Simsbury
Topic: Structured Water, Minerals, Drenches and Foliar Sprays, essential oils and more
Speaker: Phil Jones of the Jones Family Farm, Chelmsford, MA

March 4 Round-Table Discussion of biological and regenerative growing methods
Location: the George Hall Farm, Simsbury

March 10 Speaker: Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Simsbury CT

March 19 Larch Hanson – Maine Seaweed Harvester; South Congregational Church, Granby CT
Topic: Seaweed for human and soil health

April 4 Will Bonsall, Maine Homesteader and dedicated Seed Saver
Topic: All About Seeds and Seed Saving
Location: South Congregational Church, Granby CT

April 21 Raymond Covino, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Topic: Soil Health
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Simsbury

April 23 Hartford Chapter of the BFA presents at Flamig Farm’s Earth Day Celebration, W. Simsbury

May 12 Introduction to the BFA for the CT Herb Association

May 26 POSTPONED: New date forthcoming…
Chapter Meeting: “Math of Microbes” – All about the microbial life in our soil –
at Harrington’s Organic Land Care, Bloomfield

early-mid May Informal ’round table’ Discussion Meeting – date & location TBA

June 15 Starting an organic food buying club, 6:30 PM to ?, Granby Police Station Community Room
June 21 Informal ’round table’ Discussion Meeting – at the George Hall Farm, in BFA Garden

July 6 Tour of Sweet Birch Farm, Meriden with Regenerative Farmer Jerry Travers
July 14 Tour of Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon with Regenerative Farmer Brian O’Hara
July 28 Informal Garden Chat, Dennis France’s at 119 Carol Drive, Bristol, CT 6:00-8:00 PM

August 20 Postponed to April, 2017: Day-long Workshop: Nutritionally Dense Orcharding with Michael Phillips

September 22 Chapter Meeting with BFA Agronomist David Forster
October TBA
November TBA
December TBA

Topics and Ideas we have in the works for the remainder of 2016:
Biochar Lecture
Visit from Jack Algiere, Farm Manager of The Stone Barn Agricultural Center, NY
Visits to farms practicing Biological and Biodynamic Growing

and more ….
Class on Compost Teas at Harrington’s Organic Land Care
Electrical Conductivity in the Soil
Greenhouses and Coldframes and High Tunnels

Back-yard Garden Talks for the Summer Months! – back by popular demand – let us know if you’d like to host a meeting this summer!
Topics for Garden Talks – informal, round-table discussions this summer:
Entymology – Local Pests and how to deter them with nutrient dense crops
Welcoming local pollinators – beyond beekeeping
Quality Soil – What is it and how do I get it?
No Till Gardening
Vertical Growing
Define “Quality Food”

Hope to see you at a meeting soon!

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