|Melissa (on the right) and I at Ag Day at the Capitol in 2012|
Today is my last day at NOFA. And I wanted to write a brief note saying good bye. I'm headed to the
University of Michigan to pursue a Master of Science in Natural Resources and the Environment. I'm hoping to focus on societal and political responses and preparation for the affects of climate change. While I came to NOFA with this interest, it has been cultivated in my time working with farmers who have to alter growing methods for the changing seasons and are some of the most affected by climate change, in our communities in Connecticut. But the reality is, that whatever challenges affect our farmers, affect food availability and prices, and will affect consumers too. Additionally, the same holistic, ecological principles at the heart of organic agriculture are central to climate resilience and sustainability on the local, regional and international levels.
CT NOFA's mission is to strengthen the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. The organization's efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food. CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world. I can say, from my work at the organization, that our staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to this mission, and it has been a pleasure to work with this team, and with Connecticut's greater sustainability movement.
If you'd like to become involved and be inspired by the work of Connecticut's organizations and our wonderful member farmers and organic land care professionals, I encourage you to join the organization, volunteer, or visit us at one of our summer workshops! Also, be sure to send a warm welcome to Stephanie Berluti, the new Program and Events Manager. CT NOFA and NOFA's Organic Land Care programs and events are in good hands with her!
Have a wonderful summer!