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 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/.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Cover Crops
Location: BFA Garden at the George Hall Farm, 180 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury  [ map ]

Farmer Joe O'Grady from Holcomb Farm in Granby and Kris McCue will lead a discussion on cover crops including seed inoculation, cover crop "cocktails", choosing varieties for nutrient or soil building, and more. I have brought in a variety of bulk cover crop seeds and microbial seed inoculant for people to mix their own blends. Reimbursement for my cost only. If you are farming or gardening, have some experience or no experience with cover crops, come join the discussion! ...And take home a batch of cover crop seeds to amend your growing system.

RSVPs much appreciated - hartfordbfachapter@regenerativeag.net or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HartfordCTBionutrientFood/

Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Foliar Sprays
Location: BFA Garden at the George Hall Farm, 180 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury  [ map ]
Kris McCue (possibly with a guest) will lead a discussion on foliar sprays. What to use, when to use, timing and more. I will have an assortment of materials to share for you to take some with you to try. You must bring a small jar with a lid, glass or plastic is fine. Reimbursement for my cost only.
RSVPs much appreciated- hartfordbfachapter@regenerativeag.net or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HartfordCTBionutrientFood/

Weekly during July & August:
Want to see what regenerative techniques we are trying at the BFA demo garden? Maybe you'll be inspired to try some new things too! Check out our photo album on Facebook. It's set for public viewing so even if you are not a Facebook user you can view and read the captions. https://www.facebook.com/pg/HartfordCTBionutrientFood/photos/?tab=album&...

BFA Biological Demonstration Garden open to visitors every Tuesday from 2:00 PM to dark. Tours and tasting! Come and learn how we are improving the soil quality. Bring your questions – we’re happy to help!, take a tour of the garden, taste what we are harvesting that week. This is during the farm’s regular CSA pickup hours. There will be signs posted so follow the arrows up to our garden – or walk on the dirt road that runs up the north side of the farm and hang a right after the 3rd greenhouse in a row. Our garden is easy to spot – mid-field and surrounded by a wire fence that contains our little oasis.

July 26, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Homestead / Farm Tour
Location: Southwick, MA - details coming soon!

August 23, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Farm Tour
Location: Evergreen Berry Farm, 435 Bassett Road, Watertown, CT  [ map ]
Learn more about their regenerative soil practices (including trials with biodynamics, structured water, and more).
Check their hours of operation for You-pick biologically, organically raised blueberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, and blackberries

September 6, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Soil testing
Location: TBA
We will be discussing the importance of testing your soil, including demo of soil sampling, discussion of the minerals tested by Logan Labs - go home and send out your own soil for testing!

October 4, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Examining test results
Location: TBA
We will go over soil test results, calculate amendments and make a mineral depot order list.
*Membership with BFA is REQUIRED for joining in the depot order, as it is a benefit provided to members only.

November 8, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Seed Swap and pick up your mineral amendments ordered on 10/4

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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.