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

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 2 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
    - Co-leaders Kris and Mark have been coordinators of a local organic food co-op for many years helping farmers make direct connections with consumers. We are 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 us out at http://bfa.regenerativeag.net/CT/.

Next Hartford Area CT BFA Chapter Meeting:
Thursday, June 22 - 6:00-7:30/8:00 PM
Permaculture & Agroforestry - a talk and tour by Sven Pihl of CT Edible Ecosystems
@ Wilhelm Farm, 329 N. Granby Road, N. Granby, CT 06060 (map)

Light refreshments will be provided by Hartford Area BFA Chapter; contributions to the refreshment table always welcome.
No fee to attend, but suggested donation is $10.
RSVPs requested by email hartfordbfachapter@regenerativeag.net, or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/880105185454993/permalink/880106852121493/

Sven will give a brief presentation on Permaculture and the Agroforestry project he is working on at Wilhelm Farm.

Here is a brief description of the farm from CT Dept of Agriculture: http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?Q=590468&A=1401

    Sven Pihl's Bio:
  • Owner of CT Edible Ecosystems and Founder/Administrator of the Connecticut Permaculture Guild
  • Urban Farming in New Britain from 2008-2013
  • Founder/administrator of the Connecticut Permaculture Guild, and recently developed an Urban Farming Incubator Program in Hartford based on best practices collected from Incubator Farming entities and managers from around the Northeast.
  • Served on the Board of CT NOFA, worked with the New Haven Food Policy Council, the Connecticut Food System Alliance, the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (PINE), and was a representative for Connecticut at the 2015 New England Food Summit in Boston, MA which focused on Food Justice
  • Since 2008, Sven has accumulated over 15,000 hours of self directed learning through specific workshops, Landscape Design and Horticulture courses at local community colleges, training under world renowned Regenerative Agriculture and Permaculture Design Professionals and courses at the University of Missouri and Yale, both in Agroforestry.
  • His interests focus on empowerment projects that connect communities ecologically to their landscapes and food production systems. He has a special interest in working with specialty crops for ethnic communities, and working with/supporting Veterans like himself.

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