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Sustainability, Local, Organic: CT NOFA Winter Conference This Weekend w/ Workshops, Vendors + Local Lunch

27 Feb

CT NOFA Winter Conference 2014

CT NOFA, The Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association, is “a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.”  They’ve been changing Connecticut one shovel, plant, farm, consumer, and restaurant at a time since 1982 and they are going stronger than ever.

From time to time, CT NOFA has events and meetings and this weekend is their 32nd Annual Winter Conference.  On March 1, from 8:30-5 pm, at the Midtown Campus (meet at Berkshire Hall) of Western CT State University, you’ll have a chance to attend workshops, listen to the keynote speech, bid on raffles, buy CT products, and have lunch from local restaurants and purveyors that put good, healthy, local and sustainable food first.  Tickets are $35 for students and farm interns/apprentices or $60 for all others and will help to fund CT NOFA’s mission of making Connecticut better.

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Go Fish! @ The Maritime Aquarium + learn about sustainable fishing – Norwalk, CT

3 Jul

OmNomCT’s Gone Fishin’!

On an oppressively hot Sunday, we decided to head out into Norwalk to visit the Maritime Aquarium.  What cooler way to spend one of the dog days of summer than oohing and aahing over meerkats, a ridiculously rare white alligator, turtles, seals, otters, and fish?

Since the last time we’ve been to the aquarium, they have updated and added exhibits.  One such exhibit blew us away:  Go Fish.  This room off to the side of where you can pet sharks and rays is the Maritime Aquarium’s ode to sustainability and healthy eating.  On the way to the room, you’ll see some humongous fish catches from the Long Island Sound.  When you enter, you’ll see there’s plenty of information for adults and fun interactive elements for the kids, too.  Big kids can check out a movie on fishing, check out fun graphics, and read all about sustainable fishing.  The little kids have the chance to “fish” off of a boat (don’t worry, there are life vests), pick up plates to see which fish pair was a healthy and sustainable choice, or do some fishing on the Wii.

Kristien figures out which fish is healthier and better on the environment by lifting up the plate

This is a permanent exhibit, so you’ll have plenty of chances to check it out, but why delay?  After leaving, you’ll feel inspired to pick fish that aren’t full of pollutants and mercury, that are plentiful, and that won’t destroy the environment.  To read more about some of the harmful effects of fishing, check out our post on Wholesome Wave and Whole Foods changing the country by only selling sustainable fish.  Go fish!

Rules to live your life by

Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
 
Hours:  10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day of the year, except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
               From July 1 – Labor Day we’re open until 6 p.m.
 
Adults Child
(2-12)
Senior
(Ages 65+)
Member
Aquarium Only
$13.95
$10.50
$12.95
FREE
Classic IMAX Movie Only
$9.50
$7.00
$8.50
Save $2
Hollywood IMAX Movie Only
(Feature length film)
$11.50 $9.50 $10.50 Save $1
Adventure Pass
Aquarium + Classic IMAX Movie
$20.95 $15.50 $19.70 N/A
Aquarium & Hollywood IMAX Movie Only
(Feature length film)
$25.45 $20.00 $23.45 N/A
Prices and times are subject to change without notice.

Wholesome Wave and a Fundraiser to Go Hog Wild Over!

17 May


Kristien and I were sitting by the fireplace of The Inn at Sweet Water Farms in the Berskshires last year, enjoying the warmth, sipping on some wine and spirits, and reading.  We had picked The Inn at Sweet Water Farms because it was named a top bed & breakfast for foodies to stay.  Why, you ask?   Lynda Fisher (co-owner) cooks an amazing breakfast for you from local food…and even rabbit from her own farm if you’re daring.  We sat there, soaking in the flames and came upon a magazine with Michel Nischan on the cover.  Hey, that’s the chef from The Dressing Room (Naughty Angel=BEST DESSERT EVER) where we just ate last weekend!  Well, turns out that Michel Nischan is so much more than a celebrated chef.

We discovered the amazing change that he and Wholesome Wave are bringing about in the world.  Michel, CEO and Co-Founder, has made the mission of Wholesome Wave to provide easy and affordable access to healthy and locally grown produce in communities that need it the most.  They realize that when communities begin to produce more of their own food, they will become more sustainable and the local economy will grow too.  In addition, Wholesome Wave has recently made big changes happen at Whole Foods Market.  As we reported to you, starting this past Earth Day, Whole Foods Market will only sell sustainable and environmentally friendly fish at their stores.  That’s a whole lot of change that will help keep our environment safe, but will also keep our food fresh, clean, and healthy.

Here piggy piggy

Because Wholesome Wave is a nonprofit organization, they need funds to help make food available to communities and support small/mid-size farms.  They have created a foodie/locavore/celebritychefophile’s heaven called The Whole Hog to bring in much needed funding.  Four of the best chefs in Connecticut will literally be using all of a free-range pig in an oinky plethora of small dishes.  These dishes will highlight cuts of the pig that you might not be used to.  They will also be offering some special previews of their seasonal dishes.  Ooooh!  Wait, don’t worry, there will also be wine to wash it down. ;)

First piggy: Tim LaBant of Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton.

Next piggy: John Barricelli of SoNo Baking Company in South Norwalk.

Third little piggy:  Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven.

Last little piggy:  Joe Wolfson of the newly opened Terrain Garden Cafe in Westport.

Host piggy:  Michel Nischan of The Dressing Room in Westport.

So, jot down this info:

Thursday, May 24

6: 30 PM

Clarke Showroom

64 South Main Street
South Norwalk, Connecticut 06854
866-838-9385

$145 per person (think of where the money is going…you’re making great change in the world)

There will also be a live auction!

Buy tickets here or call (203) 226-1112.

Have you ever attended a dinner like this with a whole-animal experience?  Also, how do you “go local” in your lives?  We’d love to hear your experiences and your thoughts.

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