Local Chapters

Hartford, CT

This local chapter is located in/near Hartford, CT.
To contact/join this chapter, please see the contact info on the left.

To join our email list, you can sign up at http://eepurl.com/bkqw5b

To learn a little bit more about this Chapter and it's history, click here for an interview with former co-leaders Kris McCue and Mark Cegielski.

Click here to view upcoming to events

Chapter Benefits & Projects: 
  • Mineral Depot
    - Take advantage of sharing reduced bulk shipping rates, and splitting bulk items for less than individual sized pkgs
  • Fedco Co-op
    - Reduced prices on bulk orders, BFA members receive highest discount level, non members can also participate and save
  • Monthly Chapter Meetings
    - Gatherings held 1-2x per month in locations within Hartford County
    - Speakers educate on a variety of soil-health and food-health topics
    - Network with fellow regenerative farmers and gardeners
    - Meet local growers of regeneratively grown foods
  • Soil Testing Assistance
    - BFA offers special rate on soil testing via Logan Labs in Ohio
    - Support for interpreting soil test results and sourcing amendments, referrals to soil consultants
  • Food Co-op
    - Kris McCue has been a coordinator of a local organic food co-op for many years helping farmers make direct connections with consumers. She is enthusiastic to help others form new food co-operatives and buying clubs.
  • Discounts
    - BFA members get discounts for BFA-sponsored events and classes, soil and health books, and more
  • Sharing Resources
    - In progress is a lending library of books, magazines and dvd's related to bionutrient growing, soil health, minerals, soil testing, and more
Chapter Outreach
  • Grower and Consumer Education
    - Speakers at our monthly meetings address a variety of topics related to soil health, biological growing, and the importance of minerals to crop-health and human-health
  • Host discussions on food quality
  • Food quality research
    - Learn to use a refractometer to test food quality
  • Networking with Allied Organizations
    - Tour of farms practicing regenerative farming and remineralizing
    - Classes in growing and harvesting nutrient dense foods
    - Build relationships with local farmerʼs markets and organizations focused on the correlation between food-quality and human health-quality such as the Weston A. Price Foundation
Upcoming Events & Meetings: 

We hold regularly scheduled meetings and events. To see the latest, check out our calendar at http://bfa.regenerativeag.net/CT/.

In 2019, we will meet every last Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm unless otherwise noted on our calendar of events.


April 25, 2019 from 6-8:00pm
@ Shepherd of the Hills Church, 7 Wescott Rd, Simsbury, CT [ map ]
Join us for an intro to fungi! We'll look at soil fungi, and have a PowerPoint presentation on edible wild fungi and a talk on cultivation. Our guest speaker, Paul Cusson will bring tools that are used in log cultivation and some samples of dried mushrooms. We'll talk about different fungal seed and soil inoculants and have samples for purchase.
Schedule:
6:00-6:30pm - Potluck and social - please bring a small dish to share potluck style including serving utensils and your own place setting. Beverages will be provided.
6:30-8:00pm - Presentation and Q&A

Chapter meeting is free and open to the public, but donations always welcome to help with cost of supplies.
Be sure to RSVP to hartfordbfachapter@regenerativeag.net so we know how many chairs to set up.


May 30, 2019 from 6-8:00pm
@ George Hall Farm, 180 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT [ map ]
Hopefully, up by the garden.
Topic: Herbs for Medicine & Pollinators
We will discuss the choosing and the growing, companion planting, how to process when the time comes...


June 27, 2019 from 6-8:00pm
@ George Hall Farm, 180 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT [ map ]
Topic: Keeping up Resilience
We will discuss making foliar sprays. We’ll gather plants and make up a couple of batches for people to take home. We'll talk about the many ingredients that make good foliar spray and planting biennials for seed saving in year 2.


July Farm Tours
We will visit a number of farms in the region this summer, looking at different practices and applications. Details to come...


July 25, 2019 from 6-8:00pm
@ Shepherd of the Hills Church, 7 Wescott Rd, Simsbury, CT [ map ]
Topic: Season Extension
We will learn about fermenting, dehydrating, canning and freezing, We'll also discuss planting biennials for seed saving in year 2, and a quick intro to thinking about winter harvest crops.


August 29, 2019 from 6-8:00pm
@ George Hall Farm, 180 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT [ map ]
Topic: Fall Planting for the Winter Harvest
We will discuss fall amending and cover cropping, planting cold weather crops, fall soil prep, paramagnetism, electrical conductivity, and winter container gardens under cover...


Additional details and further events to come. We will continue with gatherings on the last Thursday of each month...

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We also have a YouTube channel that we are populating with valuable information and workshop excerpts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8A7jrDaMQZxbjZTW60lcvg.