The Northwest Connecticut Food Hub, a program of Sustainable Healthy Communities and the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG), launched in 2017 in Litchfield, CT. The Food Hub is now picking up food grown on 20 local farms (in Roxbury, Washington, Kent, Litchfield, Harwinton, Cornwall, and Warren) and delivering it to 20 food buyers (customers) including restaurants, schools, and grocery stores. Local farmers are involved in all aspect of the Hub's operations.
The Hub is working to add 20 more customers in 2019 and came to BAV for financial support toward this objective. It has ample supply of locally grown food that farmers would like to sell through the Hub, but needed supplemental funding to support the staffing necessary to grow their customer base.
The Hub will also be actively involved over the next year in helping interested farms meet new food safety regulations and participate in farm-to-school programs. For more information please contact locelyn at NHCOG. To donate directly to the Food Hub click here.
As reported - by Leslie Hutchinson of the Registered Citizen, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - HARWINTON — Fresh produce from Litchfield County farms is reaching more customers this summer with the help of the Northwest Connecticut Regional Food Hub. The project is operated by the Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities Inc., a nonprofit group, with support from the Northwest Hills Council of Governments.
The food hub program buys produce from participating farms and distributes it to clients, including restaurants, natural food stores and a private school.
As reported by Litchfield.bz on 8/8/17 - a sell-out crowd of 175 attended and enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by a dinner prepared by local chefs using ingredients from Connecticut farms. Litchfield farms providing ingredients were Arethusa Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Berry Ledges Apiary and Beaver Meadow Farm. Bantam Bread and the Litchfield Distillery were donors as well.
The state is investing a lot of green — $3 million in financing — to get an indoor agriculture venture off the ground in Suffield.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that Four Seasons Farm LLC, the project for which the state is providing financing, is expected to create 40 new jobs over the next two years. The money from the state Department of Economic and Community Development will be used to purchase equipment and machinery for the 10-acre indoor farm, which initially will grow millions of pounds tomatoes
Although the farm will be located in northern Connecticut, one of the partners in the project is a well-known New Haven County farmer
Joe Geremia, who runs seven acres of greenhouses in Wallingford, is one of three partners in the project. The other two partners are Henry Froese, a pioneer and expert in the building of greenhouse operations, and Herbert Soroca, chief executive officer of Stamford-based North Cove Capital Advisors, which works with emerging growth companies.
Read more -
Rod is in New Zealand - and reported by the Nelson Mail: One of the country's finest runners was a welcome visitor in the country this week, helping some young runners make metres towards good health.
Nelson-born Olympian and New York City Marathon winner Rod Dixon visited Mahana School on Monday to encourage the next generation of winners as part of the Kidsmarathon programme he established in 2005.
Following a motto of "finishing is winning, winning is finishing", participants take part in regular running or walking sessions until the full 42.2km distance is completed.
For the full article click HERE.