News & Upcoming Events
Eastern CT RC&D Council Meeting: the next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th at 12 noon at the Eastern CT Conservation District Office located at the USDA Office in Norwich, CT.
Calling all CT Farms! We need your help, please follow the link below and take this very important new CT Farm Energy Survey. The information is needed to help shape future programs and policy!
2012 CT Zoning Regulations & Ordinances for Livestock is now available. As a focus on local agriculture continues to grow in popularity and residential development pushes further into areas that were previously exclusively agricultural, Connecticut communities have struggled with managing these land uses. The RC&D Council, in partnership with American Farmland Trust, USDA-NRCS, Connecticut Farm Bureau, University of Connecticut Extension, the AGvocate program, and numerous agricultural stakeholders, developed this guide to assist municipalities in working through the considerations when seeking to permit, encourage, and regulate the keeping of livestock. To view it click on CT Livestock Manual (pdf)
Juno SB GPS Units with ArcPad 10 are available for use from the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and Development Area. The GPS Units are available for use, free of charge, by the municipal, regional, and non-profit community of the Eastern CT RC&D Area. The 3 Trimble Juno SB GPS units are equipped with ESRI ArcPad 10 software. The units were purchased to support trail documentation and data contribution to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) CT State Trail Geodatabase. GPS Usage Policy & Sign Out Sheet (pdf)
Eastern CT RC&D 2013 Annual Meeting was held on Monday June 24th at 11:00am-2:00pm at Tolland Ag Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT 06066. Registration Form (pdf)
CT Farm Energy 2013 Workshops
Second Annual AGvocate Conference: Conference Information & Links:
2012 CT Farm & Energy Expo December 1, 2012 from 10am - 3pm at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center at 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Pictures from this Statewide Event are available at www.CTFarmEnergy.org
*Event* 2011-2012 Connecticut Farm Energy Grant & Assistance Workshops: From December 2011 - March 2012 1 in each Connecticut County. Workshop Postcard (pdf) FREE to Attend
*Event* CT Agriculture Commission Conference—
Growing Farms in Your Community
*Event* Connecticut Land Conservation Council 2012 Annual Conference: March 24, 2012 @ Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT for more information go to their website.
*Event* Community & Natural Resources Planning Program November /December 2011 Workshops
*Event* Healthy Soils Workshop: Using cover crops to improve soil health. After the success of the first Soil Health Workshop, we decided to host another. Scout Hall, 28 Abbe Road, East Windsor, CT www.scouthall.com November 14,15 and 16 2011. Each day of this multiple day workshop covered a different facet of land use, and topics were directly relevant to the land use type of the day.
*Pesticide applicator recertification credits are available each day!
*Event* 2011 Connecticut Farm Energy Fair was held on thursday July 21, 2011 from 4-9pm hosted by CT Farm Energy Program in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy to be held at Eastern CT State University. For more information go to www.CTFarmEnergy.org
*Event* 2011 Eastern CT RC&D Annual Meeting was held on Monday June 13, 2011 from 11am-3pm @ Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, CT.
June 16th 2011 the SNEC SWCS summer meeting was held at the University of Connecticut. Speakers will be making presentations and there will be an am and pm tour of the Eagleville Brook Impervious Cover TMDL. Additional information regarding the Eagleville Brook Impervious Cover TMDL can be found at: http://clear.uconn.edu/projects/tmdl/findings.htm Click on “Retrofit Sites & Recommendations” then click on “Eagleville TMDL Project Sites” to view an interactive map of all project area BMPs.
*Event* Soil Health Workshop: The Healthy Soils workshop was held February 18th at the Lebanon Fire Complex in Lebanon, CT. The workshop covered how Healthy Soils can reduce both cost and labor, while maintaining high productivity. For more information call 860-774-8397 x 2. Soil Health Flyer (pdf)
*Event* Protecting Dark Skies in The Last Green Valley
2011 Annual RC&D Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. This Forum is presented by the National Association of RC&D Councils and is a good opportunity to learn more about tools that RC&D councils can use. For more information on the Leadership Forum, go to the NARC&DC Website at http://www.rcdnet.org
CT Farm Energy Program held 5 free workshops in January 2011 about technical assistance and financial incentives that are available to AG producers as it relates to energy. Topics included the CT Farm Energy Program, the new CT Farm Energy BMP Guide, NRCS EQIP program and grant and loan programs offered through USDA Rural Development REAP Grants (Renewable Energy for America Program) for renewable and energy efficiency projects.
January 10, 2011 @ 6 pm
Forestry and Wildlife Habitat Workshops and Demonstrations on November 20, December 5, and December 11, 2010. This workshop series is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with instruction by UCONN Cooperative Extension, Forestry. Invite Flyer (pdf)
Connecticut Farm Energy BMP Guide Roll Out Sessions: The Connecticut Farm Energy Program along with Ensave, Inc. unveiled the new Connecticut Farm Energy Best Management Practice Guide. This guide outlines energy efficient measures, renewable energy options and funding resources for AG Producers in Connecticut. For more information please call 860-345-3977 or go to www.CTFarmEnergy.org. Event Flyer (pdf)
SWCS - SNEC 2010 Winter Meeting held on Friday December 17, 2010 at the UConn Bishop Center, Storrs, CT. For more information go to www.swcssnec.org
AGvocate Event - Tax Incentives to Protect Family Farms Without Breaking Your Budget. An AGvocate Workshop Monday, November 29, 2010 6:30 to 9 pm Hampton Community Center. Flyer (pdf)
*News* Seven projects that will benefit southeastern Connecticut's coastal areas are among those chosen to receive some of the $2.4 million in Long Island Sound improvement grants announced November 12, 2010. The Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area, partnering with the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee and the three towns of Salem, East Haddam and Lyme received a $37,046 grant to conduct stormwater mapping and planning. Go to Greenways page for more information.
2010 Working Lands Alliance Annual Meeting & Luncheon was held on November 17th, 2010 at the State Captiol in Hartford, in the Old Judiciary Room. Eastern CT RC&D sponsored a table at the event. More info about WLA can be found at their website www.workinglandsalliance.org
Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc. sponsored Table
Govenor Jodi Rell speaks at the WLA Meeting
*News* Congressman Joe Courtney sends Congratulations to Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc. on receiving 3 New England RC&D Awards in 2010. Letters (pdf)
2010 New England RC&D Conference: "Feeding Ourselves, Fueling Ourselves" was held on October 28-30, 2010 Go to www.newenglandrcd.org for photos and information from the event. Eastern CT RC&D won 3 awards this year.
RC&D in Connecticut Table
Photo of 2010 New England RC&D Award Winners
2010 CIPWG Invasive Plant Symposium: Thursday, October 14, 2010, the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) presented a symposium entitled Challenges and Successes: Working Cooperatively to Manage Invasive Plants. The symposium, open to the public, took place from 8 am – 4 pm at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Keynote speaker, Dr. Bernd Blossey, presented "The Power of Choice: New Frontiers in Invasive Plant Management and Conservation.” The program agenda and registration information are available at www.hort.uconn.edu/cipwg. For additional information, contact Donna Ellis at (860) 486-6448. The Eastern CT RC&D was a co-sponsor.
Manure Technology Tour was held on October 20th at Laurel Brook and Freund Farm. The workshop focused on the phosphorus removal and compost systems at Laurel Brook Farm and the CowPots factory and initiative at the Freund Farm. Tour Agenda (pdf)
2010 Eastern CT RC&D Annual Meeting: 2010 Eastern Connecticut RC&D Annual Meeting was held on Monday June 21st, 2010 from 10:30am-3:00pm at Goodwin College-The River Campus in East Hartford, CT. The agenda included: an RC&D business meeting, 2010 RC&D partnership awards, a presentation on Brownfields and the work that has been done at Goodwin College by Robert Carr of Zuvic Associates, An introduction to Goodwin's Environmental Program and a tour of the new campus by Bruce Morton, lunch, and the afternoon concluded with a cruise along the Connecticut River aboard the Hartford Belle with special guest Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni. Award winners this year included Joanne Demars - USDA/Rural Development, Berkshire Pioneer RC&D Council - Massachusetts, Kathy Johnson - USDA/NRCS and Congressman Joe Courtney.
A Design Workshop with Randall Arendt: Reinventing the Commercial Strip & Creating New Mixed-Use Centers. On May 17th, 2010, a workshop at the Chaplin Firehouse was held. Great examples from around the country of how other communities are addressing commercial growth issues and creating new villages. This program was co-sponsored by the Green Valley Institute and the CT Environmental Review Team. More information can be found at www.greenerprospects.com
Soil and Water Conservation Society Southern New England Chapter Winter Meeting Energizing the Rural Landscape—Renewable Power and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Our Farms, Homes, and Communities - February 18, 2010 from 9:00am-3:30pm was held at Periwinkles Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Auburn MA. Please visit their website for more information on the organization www.swcssnec.org Below are pictures from the Event.
Connecticut Farm Energy Program: Farm Assistance Seminar
2009 Eastern Connecticut RC&D Area Annual Meeting & 40th Anniversary Celebration of Eastern CT RC&D and CT Environmental Review Team
2009 Eastern CT RC&D Area Partnership Meeting
Daffodil Labyrinth Project Tolland , CT
LULA Spring 2009 - Quinnipiac River Watershed Area
The Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources 2009
5th Annual Paddle Smart Safety Event
Connecticut Farm Energy Program
Connecticut Farm Energy Program Informational Workshop
Development Strategies: that protect what we value workshops
November 20, 2008 Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop
December 2, 2008 Transfer of Development Rights: Making it Happen Workshop
4th Annual Connecticut Forest Forum "Public Benefits from Forests: What are they worth?"
2008 New England RC&D Association Regional Fall Conference Mystic, CT
South Branch Park River Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Hartford , CT
2008 Eastern CT RC&D Tour des Farms Simsbury, CT
This years ride had 125 riders at the event and the Eastern CT RC&D will be presenting Working Lands Alliance with a check of $3500.00 from the proceeds of the ride. To find out more about the Tour des Farms in Connecticut go the website at: www.tourdesfarms.org
2008 Eastern CT RC&D Annual Meeting at the Connecticut River Museum Essex, CT
Planning for Brownfield Reuse and Redevelopment
South Branch Park River Groundbreaking Ceremony May 9, 2008
Greenway Journey Begins (Hartford Courant Article on the South Branch of the Park River Project)
Group breaks ground on the South Branch of the Park River Trail
2008 National RC&D DC Leadership Forum, Washington, D.C.
Advanced Approaches to Land Protection:
Workshop 3: November 28, 2007 6-8:30 pm Transfer of Development Rights. Speakers from the event included:
Workshop 2: October 30, 2007 6-8pm Development Techniques that Protect. More information on this workshop can be found at www.greenvalleyinstitute.org/landuse.htm#intro
Workshop 1: September 19, 2007 6-8:30pm Understanding the Money Facts. Speakers from the event included:
Reena L. Shaw, Ph.D., State Agricultural Economist with the Natural Resources
Paula Stahl, Land Use and Finance Educator, Green Valley Institute, presented the
Dr. Robert J. Johnston, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
2007 New England Regional RC&D Meeting:
(Above from left to right: Amanda Fargo-Johnson and Elaine Sych stand alongside the Connecticut Environmental Review Team Display board which won and award for Outstanding Display, Turkey's on the Watson Farm in Jameston RI, Cows on the Dutra Farm in Jamestown RI with the Newport Bridge in the background, Sharon Ruggi National RC&D President with John Guszkowski Eastern CT RC&D President, Gilbert Stuart birthplace, Amanda Fargo-Johnson, Elizabeth Rogers(Eastern CT RC&D), Norma O'Leary(Eastern CT RC&D), Rebecca Augur(Eastern CT RC&D), Elaine Sych, Mark Cummings(King's Mark CT RC&D), and James Sipperly(King's Mark CT RC&D) take time for a pose during the conference friday night dinner, Gilbert Stuart birthplace Gristmill, Sharon Ruggi with a pirate of the Narragansett, Elizabeth Rogers alongside the Eastern CT RC&D Display Board, A window in the Narragansett Towers, The Point Judith Lighthouse, and the Narragansett Towers, Sharon Ruggi with Elaine Sych.
For more information on the New England RC&D Area Association visit them on the web at www.nearcd.org
Tour de Farms: www.tourdesfarms.org
The King's Mark Ride was held October 13, 2007 in Guilford. CT.
Celebrating Agriculture: was held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
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