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Beekeeping Information Event in Pomfret
March 20, 2014

The role of honey bees in agriculture and current day challenges

The Pomfret Agriculture Commission will sponsor this session on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 PM at the Pomfret Senior Center. The Center’s address is 207 Mashamoquet Road (Route 44), Pomfret

The session will cover:
  • Understanding the roll of honey bees in agriculture and the current threats we face together
  • Challenges facing honey bees and understanding the roll of managed colonies in agriculture
  • Honey bees, colony collapse disorder, andour food system
  • Some solutions and action steps by any and all to support the health of these animals
  • Open discussion and Q&A

Presenters are Adam Squire and Ron Lambert both local expert bee keepers.

Open to all citizens.RSVP is helpful for planning.Reply to 860-922-4400, or email


Cleaning Up the Farm Packing House:
Food safety, food handling, sanitation
Do you own an on-farm packing facility? No matter how small or how big, the packing house can be a risky place for fruits and vegetables to pass through! Come hear about some results of a Connecticut survey and microbiological testing—and what the results might mean to you. How can you assess your packing house for cleanliness, sanitation, and safe food handling practices.
March 13 (snow date, March 14)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Middlesex County Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438
Register by emailing:



Food Safety and the Produce Grower
This program is for produce farmers who are not required to participate in a GAP audit, but want to be proactive about safe food handling on the farm. We will look at current and future regulations, key food safety practices, important records to keep, etc.
February 13 (snow date February 14)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Tolland County Extension Center
24 Hyde Avenue
Vernon, CT 06066
Register by emailing:

UConn GAP School
This program will prepare you to participate in a Harmonized-type GAP audit
February 20, 21 (snow date, February 24)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Tolland County Extension Center
24 Hyde Avenue
Vernon, CT 06066
Register by emailing:

GAP Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
This workshop will be an opportunity to take a look at some model plans, plan templates, and record forms. We will walk you through to process of writing a plan and, if time allows actually get started writing YOUR plan. There will be lots of time for asking questions, etc. For those participating in a GAP audit, a food safety plan is mandatory. This would also be useful for those who need to update their plan.
For those who are simply being proactive, this will be an opportunity to focus on a plan for your operation.
February 25 (snow date, February 26)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
New Haven County Extension Center
305 Skiff Street, North Haven, CT 06473
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Connecticut Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers’ Conference and Trade Show
Maneeley’s Conference Center, S. Windsor, CT
January 16, 8AM-3:30PM
$35 Preregister by Jan. 7
See Agenda/Registration Form for more details
Or call UConn Extension at (860)875-3331

AGvocate "Train the Trainer" Boot Camp
Goodwin College - River Campus, East Hartford, CT
January 25, 8:30AM-4PM
Register by January 15
See Agenda/Registration Form for more details
Or contact John Guzskowski at 860-455-8251 or


Apply for FSA Youth Loans of up to $5,000 or new Land Contract Guarantee Program
Contact Ron Clark, Farm Loan Manager at 860.887.3604 x105

CT Farmland Restoration Program
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