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Business Manager Job Opportunity with Foxwoods

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Under the direction of the Executive Director Farm, the incumbent is responsible for designing business strategies and managing day to day operations to ensure company efficiency. Bachelor’s degree in business, business management or related fields. Five (5) years of experience with three (3) of those years in a management position. Experience in agricultural development and distribution is preferred. Knowledge of agriculture/farming techniques and technology equipment and sustainable agriculture practices is preferred. Must have hands-on experience in farming/agriculture operations and/or financial management. Retail Experience preferred. Strong interpersonal skills, attention to details and accuracy, and ability to work independently or as part of a team. Must interact with various internal and external individuals/organizations through strong oral and written communication skills. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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2023 Tri-State SARE Webinar Series Announcement

The 2023 Tri-State SARE Webinars will focus on soil nutrient management. All webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon.

Webinar Dates and Details:

  1. February 22: Principals of Nutrient Management
    • Speaker: Kirsten Workman (Cornell Extension PRO-DAIRY)
  2. March 15: Integration of pasture management and nutrient management
    • Speakers: Cheryl Cesario (UVM Extension)

    • Rich Meinert (UConn Extension)

  3. April 19: Nutrient management decision making based on soil testing
    • Speaker: Heather Darby (UVM Extension)

Click the flyer to access the links!

Farm Succession School

The biggest hurdle in farm succession planning is getting the plan done. For senior farmers and farm partners in Connecticut, like Chris, who are looking toward retirement and farm transition, the Farm Succession School is here to help!

This three-day winter course is for senior farmers who are ready to do the work and dig into creating a farm succession plan.

This curriculum is designed to help farmers think through the many aspects of succession planning, clarify vision and goals, get next steps on paper and review necessary documents to provide for a smooth transition. Sessions include ample time to share and learn from other farmers facing similar questions. There is also homework and assistance available between sessions. Farmers do not need to have an identified successor to participate in this course.

Farm Succession School meets at the Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Route 30, Vernon, CT

Tuesdays from 9:30am – 3:30pm
Please note: START DATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 7! Snow date February 10.

Learn more at https://landforgood.org/

Encuesta del USDA para Agricultores Latin@ de habla hispana (estipendio de $200) // Latinx Spanish Speaking Farmers USDA Survey ($200 Stipend)

English message follows below the Spanish message //

El mensaje en inglés sigue debajo de este mensaje en español.

 

Estimada comunidad agrícola de CT y del noreste:

 

Espero que todos hayan tenido un gran comienzo de semana. Mi nombre es Dra. Ivette Ruiz soy la fundadora de Healing By Growing Farms. Estoy muy emocionada de compartir una oportunidad que estoy codirigiendo para la comunidad agrícola Latinx. Junta con el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos – Asistencia en gestión Agrícola (USDA AMA), estamos evaluando los éxitos y desafíos del programa de subvenciones con enfoque en las comunidades socialmente desfavorecidas (Latinx) en el noreste y más allá.

 

Estamos realizando una encuesta con (25) agricultores de Latinx y (3) agencias de servicios agrícolas en un esfuerzo por escuchar sus voces. Nuestro objetivo es fomentar el acceso, la equidad, la justicia lingüística y el desarrollo de un nuevo conjunto de herramientas para los agricultores de habla hispana. La esperanza es que los agricultores puedan participar con éxito en lo siguiente;

 

1.            Conseguir más financiación

2.            Encontrar subvenciones aplicables para trabajos agrícolas específicos

3.            Recibir recursos específicos en español y asistencia para completar las subvenciones

4.            Oportunidades futuras que incluyan a agricultores Latinx en los procesos de selección de subvenciones.

 

Como parte de este proceso, queremos reunir pequeños grupos de (3) agricultores cada uno para un total de aproximadamente (8-9) grupos pequeños, para aquellos que están cultivando activamente y se identifican como agricultores Latinx. Las sesiones se completarán en español solo a través de Google Meets y se completarán antes del 15 de octubre de 2022. Lo alentamos a comunicarse lo antes posible ya que solo tenemos espacio para (25) participantes en total y las entrevistas se llevarán a cabo por orden de llegada.

 

Cada agricultor participante participará y se comprometerá a un proceso virtual de (5) pasos a través de Google Meets, que comenzará con una encuesta de 1.5 horas y seguirá el proceso hasta completar la capacitación de entrega del kit de herramientas y los paneles de discusión. Esto incluye posibles paneles de discusión, capacitación de capacitadores, desarrollo de herramientas y presentación de herramientas, por nombrar algunos. Se proporcionará un estipendio de $200 para cada agricultor participante al final del proceso a través de fondos electrónicos o tarjeta de crédito prepaga.

 

Si usted, o alguien que conoce, podría estar interesado en ayudarnos a brindar orientación en tiempo real para los procesos de subvenciones de USDA AMA, este es su momento para que se escuchen sus voces. Lo alentamos a que se una a nosotros en este viaje único diseñado específicamente para los agricultores de Latinx de habla hispana.

Si está interesado en esta oportunidad, complete el formulario en español que se encuentra aquí y seleccione el mejor momento para completar su encuesta o envíe un correo electrónico a la Dra. Ivette Ruiz a healingbygrowingfarms@gmail.com con cualquier pregunta o solicitud de adaptaciones.

 

Además, si está interesado en unirse a la primera red de Círculos en español, que estamos creando en CT en colaboración con el programa Solid Ground de la Extensión de UCONN, comuníquese con nosotros. Estamos buscando agricultores de Latinx en CT que quieran hospedar, reunir, compartir sus conocimientos y recursos con otros agricultores durante una buena comida para construir una comunidad, asociaciones y colaboraciones.

 

¡Reenvíe y comparta ampliamente este correo electrónico con cualquier persona que crea que pueda estar interesada dentro de sus redes! ¡Espero tener noticias suyas y conectarme con tantos de ustedes como sea posible antes de la fecha final de recopilación de la encuesta del 15 de octubre de 2022!

 

Juntos, podemos crear un movimiento que promueva una comunidad centrada en nuestras raíces Latinas; promueve el acceso, las adaptaciones, la justicia lingüística, la equidad, las oportunidades de financiación equitativas y fomenta la esperanza de nuestro futuro como agricultores latinos.

 

In English Below // En Inglés a Continuación


Dear CT and Northeast farming community,

 

I hope everyone is off to a great start to your week. My name is Dr. Ivette Ruiz I am the founder of Healing By Growing Farms. I am super excited to share an opportunity that I am co-leading for the Latinx farming community. Along with the USDA AMA we are Evaluating Grant Program’s Successes and Challenges with Focus on Socially Disadvantaged (Latinx) Communities in the Northeast and beyond.

 

We are conducting a survey with (25) Latinx farmers and (3) Farm Service Agencies in an effort to hear your voices. Our goal is to encourage access, equity, language justice, and the development of a new toolkit for Spanish speaking farmers.  The hope is that farmers will be able to engage successfully in the following;

 

1.            Obtaining more funding

2.            Finding grants applicable to specific farm work 

3.            Receiving language specific resources and assistance to complete grants

4.            Future opportunities that include Latinx farmers in the grant selection processes.

 

As part of this process, we want to bring together small groups of (3) farmers each for a total of about (8-9) small groups, for those who are actively farming and identify as a Latinx farmer. The sessions will be completed in Spanish only via Google Meets and will all be completed by October 15, 2022. We encourage you to reach out as soon as possible as we only have space for (25) participants in total and the interviews will take place on a first come first served basis.

 

Each farmer participant will participate and commit to a (5) steps virtual process via Google meets starting with including a 1.5-hour survey, and follow the process until the completion of the toolkit delivery training, and panel discussions. This includes possible panel discussions, train the trainers, tool kit development, and tool kit presentation to name a few. A $200 stipend for each farmer participant will be provided at the end of the process via electronic funds or pre-paid credit card.

 

If you, or someone you know might be interested in helping us provide real time guidance to the USDA AMA grants processes this is your time to have your voices heard. We encourage you to join us in this one-of-a-kind journey specifically designed for Spanish speaking LATINX farmers.

 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the Spanish form found here and select the best time for your survey completion or please email Dr. Ivette Ruiz at healingbygrowingfarms@gmail.com with any questions or accommodations request.

 

Also, if you are interested in joining the 1st ever Spanish Circles network, which we are creating in CT in collaboration with UConn Extension’s Solid Ground program, please reach out to us. We are looking for Latinx farmers in CT who want to host, gather, share their knowledge and resources with other farmers over a nice meal to build community, partnerships and collaborations.

Please forward and share this email widely to anyone you think may be interested within your networks! I hope to hear back from you and to connect with as many of you as possible before the final survey collection date of October 15, 2022!

 

Together, we can create a movement that promotes a Latinx centered community; promotes access, accommodations, language justice, equity, equitable funding opportunities and encourages hope for our future as farmers.

CT Sea Grant featured on WNPR talk show

WNPR’s “Where We Live” show on June 10 focused on Connecticut’s kelp industry, with host Lucy Nalpathanchil interviewing CTSG Aquaculture Extension Specialist Anoushka Concepcion, Stonington kelp farmer Suzie Flores and David Standridge, executive chef at the Shipwright’s Daughter restaurant in Mystic, where kelp is on the menu.

Listen to the show here. 

 

Post taken from Connecticut Sea Grant

 

CT Blue Heritage Trail launched with installation of 8 signs

The Blue Heritage Trail, a collaborative initiative developed by UConn Maritime Studies faculty and students with guidance and support from the Blue Heritage Trail Advisory Committee, has launched with the installation of eight informational signs at key sites in southeastern Connecticut.

The eight signs that were installed June 8 and 9 in Groton, New London and Waterford represent the first phase of the development of the Blue Heritage Trail. The signs can be found at: Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve, Fort Trumbull State Park, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Naval Submarine Base New London, New London Waterfront, Ocean Beach, and the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus. Partners in the project include Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Sea Grant, Connecticut State Parks, Thames River Heritage Park, and UConn Avery Point. Sign fabrication and installation for this stage of the project is supported by National Park Service Maritime Heritage Grant funding.

CT Sea Grant Research Coordinator Syma Ebbin stands beside the newly installed CT Blue Heritage Trail sign at Bluff Point on June 9. Ebbin was part of the group that led the project.
CT Sea Grant Research Coordinator Syma Ebbin stands beside the newly installed CT Blue Heritage Trail sign at Bluff Point on June 9. Ebbin was part of the group that led the project.

The Blue Heritage Trail project aims to raise public awareness of the critical importance of the marine environment and maritime economy and culture for Connecticut and for people everywhere. Connecticut’s maritime heritage, which is based on a productive and richly diverse marine environment, is long and varied. It encompasses an historical trajectory that begins with the relationship of Native peoples to the marine environment and includes the development of a robust maritime economy, significant cultural practices and meanings, recreational opportunities, and military activities. Public awareness and appreciation of this heritage is critical to develop a more complete understanding of the value of the marine environment and maritime heritage of the United States as a whole.

The Blue Heritage Trail will ultimately consist of a series of walking, driving, and boating tours (found on the IZI travel app) and curated information on individual points of interest at various sites in the Thames River watershed and nearby coast. The information will be available on signs installed at the sites as well as via an interactive website designed to link these individual components into a cohesive Blue Heritage Trail.

For more information contact:  Dr. Nat Trumbull, Maritime Studies Program, University of Connecticut;  (508) 540 0308; trumbull@uconn.edu.

Photos: Judy Benson / Connecticut Sea Grant

Post taken from Connecticut Sea Grant

Educational Program Assistant position open!

The UConn Extension Center located in Farmington, CT is seeking applications for one Educational Program Assistant 1. The full-time position is responsible for supporting and helping implement high-quality, comprehensive, Extension programming at different program sites throughout the region, with specific support to Forest Resources, EFNEP, Master Gardener, and 4-H programs. The Educational Program Assistant will report to the Center Coordinator to prioritize programmatic work assignments.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists and provides support to Extension Educators working with programs that may include but not be limited to Forest Resources, EFNEP, Master Gardener, and 4-H programs.
  • Assists in developing educational programs, recruiting, explaining, and providing program information and processes to Extension volunteers and participants.
  • Works with and helps develop and refine program databases using programs such as Excel and Access, to extrapolate relevant data sets, maintain program enrollments, membership, and volunteer records, and provide program reports to the Extension educators as required.
  • Maintains accurate records on each program and assembles databases and prepares statistical and/or historical reports for Extension educators/Program Coordinators based on program outcomes.
  • Performs office support functions in support of educational programs; processes paperwork, records, and files that may be computerized.
  • Supports Extension Educators/Program Coordinators in implementing and providing off-site educational activities in the community to improve practical understanding and accomplish program goals.
  • Provides assistance in assembling, arranging, organizing, and dismantling program event and activity set-ups and arrangements at various locations and venues, i.e. classrooms, fairgrounds, community centers, etc.
  • Supports media relations activities for various programs; works with others to write and edit program and promotional materials for hard and soft copy publications and social media platforms.
  • Assists Extension Educators/Program Coordinators in assessing clients’ capacity to participate in programs and helping to incorporate related knowledge into program activities for the greatest learning opportunities.
  • Assists Extension Educators/Program Coordinators in developing and implementing programs to enhance learning and provide appropriate content-based experiences to accomplish program goals.
  • Under supervision, provides educational training and conducts related support services on an ongoing basis, and assists in resolving problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Assists with increasing community collaborations with partner groups.

For more information visit https://jobs.hr.uconn.edu/cw/en-us/job/496413/educational-program-assistant-1-hartford-county-extension 

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month

It’s National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Before you venture outside, learn about the precautions you should take from @uconnladybug newest blog post linked below. The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science offers tick testing. Visit here for more info: https://cvmdl.uconn.edu/tests-fee/tick-testing

@uconnladybug blog post: One early spring afternoon three years ago I came home from my annual physical, pleased about my clean bill of health. Four hours later, I was admitted to the hospital with a temperature of 104 degrees, blinding headache, and muscle soreness. It took two days and many tests and retests to determine the cause. It was a tick-borne disease called anaplasmosis. That was the first time I ever heard of it. I had heard much about tick-borne Lyme disease (who in Connecticut hasn’t) but anaplasmosis? Who knew?

The good news was that it was that my disease was treatable with antibiotics, and I fully recovered in just a few days. What was the source of my disease? In all likelihood, a tick I picked up while doing the spring clean-up in my garden. I vowed thereafter, I would be much more careful about ticks whenever I gardened, or ventured outside my yard into the woods to walk my dogs. I tell this cautionary tale as a reminder that ticks are all around us and this spring – and throughout the year – it’s important to take measures to protect you, your family, and your pets as well.

Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) https://www.neregionalvectorcenter.com/blacklegged-tick.php

To date, there are eight known tick-borne diseases in Connecticut. They are spread by only three tick species: the Blacklegged (“deer”) tick (Ixodes scapularis), the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), and the American Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). The good news is that the measures you need to follow to avoid tick diseases are the same for all three species According to the CDC website Ticks and Their Body Buddies , there are steps to take before you go outdoors, after you come in, and  if, despite your best efforts, you find you’ve become a tick taxi.

Adult female lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) https://www.neregionalvectorcenter.com/lone-star-tick.php

Before You Go Outside

1. Know where ticks are mostly likely to be. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas or they can be carried in on animals. Make sure your furry children are treated with tick medicine.

2. Treat clothing and gear before you spend time outside. Products sprays that contain 5% permethrin can be used on clothing, boots, camping gear and will stay on for several washings.  Alternately, some clothing and gear that contains permethrin are available for purchase.

3. Use EPA- insecticide repellents. Always follow Product instructions. EPA advises children under three years of age not use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) or para-methane-diol, (PMD).

4. Be sure to avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter. When hiking stay in the middle of the path.

After You Come In

1. Check your clothes, gear and pets for any tick stow-a-ways.

2. Take a shower within two hours of coming inside. It may wash off any unattached ticks.

3.Check your whole body for ticks. Use a mirror to check under arms, in or around ears, inside the belly button, back of knees, around the hair, between legs and around the waist.

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) https://www.neregionalvectorcenter.com/american-dog-tick.php

Oh _______! It’s a Tick!

If, despite your best efforts you do find a tick has taken up residence on you or a loved one:

1. Use clean, fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.

2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you cannot remove the mouth easily with tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by:

5. Putting it in alcohol,

6. Placing it in a sealed bag/container,

7. Wrapping it tightly in tape.

8. Save the tick and monitor the affected area for a rash or in case you develop a fever.

9. If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.

If you WANT to have the tick tested, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic laboratory offers testing:

https://cvmdl.uconn.edu/tick-testing/options/

Avoid folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.

Kirby C. Stafford III, Ph.D. Vice Director, Chief Entomologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven has put together a Tick Management Handbook, which provides  comprehensive information on ticks to Connecticut residents:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/CAES/DOCUMENTS/Publications/Bulletins/b1010pdf.pdf?la=en

Garden season means tick season, but with a bit of prevention and a lot of attention, you can have a full year of garden joys –  without the tick-borne trip to the hospital that made me want to write this blogpost.

Marie Woodward

EFNEP/4-H Special Interest group with Danbury Public Schools

EFNEP/4-H special interest group with Danbury Public Schools at Rogers Park Middle School has continued to meet throughout March and April. Teens tested their knife skills by using plastic knives to cut bananas and strawberries. Teens made fruit dip with cinnamon as a topping for their cut fruit. 

 

To learn more about bacteria on surfaces and the importance of sanitizing work and kitchen surfaces, teens conducted an experiment with apples. One apple slice was kept in a plastic bag as the control, one apple was rubbed along cafeteria table and chair surfaces, another apple was rubbed along the cafeteria floor.  All 3 apples were kept in a cool dark space for 1 week.  Teens observed the bacterial growth from different surface areas.

Canter Curriculum

Interested in learning about horse nutrition? Sign up for Canter Curriculum. This asynchronous course will cover topics such as the digestive system basics, nutrients needed by horses, how to feed different types of horses, supplements, feeding guidelines, and common questions and myths.

 

 

 

 

Sign up at https://secure.touchnet.com/C21646_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2747 Reach out to Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, Associate Professor- Equine Extension Specialist with any questions at jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu