Winter 2019 News
Killingly Green News

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All about Killingly's natural resources, the farms, the gardens and the environment.  Killingly Green News is a collaborative effort of the Killingly Agriculture Commission, The Killingly Community Garden, Mother Nature's Garden of Killingly, and the Killingly Conservation Commission.  


It's a New Year

Yes. The 2019 year has begun and Killingly Agriculture is alive and well. Just think, the days are already getting longer and it's only a matter of a few weeks when the sugars will start flowing in the maple trees. Time to get your seed catalogs and start thinking about spring.
Come to the movies!

Over the past 2+ years, Frank Anastasio, a member of the Killingly Agriculture Commission, has been out filming and editing a mini-documentary about Killingly Ag. The film runs for 34 minutes and will have at least two official showings,  Jan. 16th at the Killingly Community Center, 185 Broad St and  Jan. 24th at the Killingly Library. Both showtimes are 6:30 pm. (Snow dates are Jan 23 at the Community Center and Jan 31st at the Library if needed.) This is a film that highlights the diversity of Killingly Agriculture, depicting sheep shearing, crop growing, haying, goat milking, soap making and other farm activities. You can see the trailer here:  
 
Trailer for "Killingly Agriculture: Diversified Farming in a Small New England Town"

Winter Farmers Market at Wesfield
submitted by Virginia Keith

Fresh goose, sweet potatoes, greens and a whole lot more!

A group of local farmers approached Reverend Jonathan Chapman in September with a bright and maybe wacky idea!  “What do you think of a winter farmers’ market in your church” they asked.    The Reverend approached his team and they were enthusiastic from the start.  Yes, they thought “what a great way to benefit our community by supporting local agriculture and small business, as well as building a deeper sense of community within Killingly and beyond”.
The Westfield Congregational Church had an ideal setting with a beautiful community room on their first floor surrounded by large windows, space for about 25 vendors and their kitchen close at hand. Right on Main Street with ample parking nearby, the church seemed the perfect location. With just about 5 weeks to find vendors and advertise the new “Farmers’ Market at Westfield” was launched on Saturday November 3rd.  
What can a person buy at this new indoor farmers’ market?  Wow, lots of things!  How about some local greens just harvested the day before, perfect for that salad I was craving.  Rabbit you say? Yes, fresh rabbit just processed.  I have never had rabbit, so was fortunate to find a homesteading video on YouTube with a great recipe.  The rabbit was our Christmas eve dinner and was a hit with the family. Other meats at the market?  Well our good friends were very excited when they purchased a fresh goose for their Christmas dinner at almost half the price they paid a few years back. Meats run the gamut at this market, from the norm to the not so norm and the farmer right there to tell you their meats are from pasture raised animals and feed whole Non-GMO grains.  Oh and the baker! Fresh breads of all kinds. The dark rye loaf I bought for the family was really appreciated, just like the apple and blueberry pies!   To round out the Christmas eve dinner we bought purple skinned yellow sweet potatoes, white and orange carrots, onions and apples. All spiced up with a bit of fresh hot sauce made from a local farmer’s produce. The chocolate and apple pie flavored popcorn came in real handy Christmas morning before our breakfast of fresh scrambled eggs, bacon and cinnamon rolls. There are lots of gifts to be had at this market too! The “oohhs and aahhss” we heard when those beautiful peacock feather earrings were opened was something special and the lavender goat soap and hand lotions are getting rave reviews. But that’s not all, what about our fury and feathered friends? We bought some cat grass for the feline and suet for the birds, so Christmas was complete! What about tonight you say? Well tonight we will be having that sirloin steak that was on sale, with garlic mashed red potatoes and fresh swiss chard. Thinking this might be a great local buying opportunity for you? 
Then come check out the new “Farmers’ Market at Westfield” on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month now through March from 9-12 noon, 210 Main Street Danielson. Want to know more?  Check out their Facebook page or send an email to get added to their email newsletter highlighting all the farmers offerings for each market.
Farmersmarketatwestfield@gmail.com
 
Conservation Commission News
     submitted by Donna Bronwell

Killingly Conservation Commission seeks Nominations for Environmental Award for 2018  

 To recognize an individual, organization, school or business who
** Contributes to the awareness, care, enhancement or protection of Killingly’s open spaces and natural resources

 **Was instrumental in creating an environmental program in the schools or community

**Participates in other environmental activities that merit recognition.

 

Submit your nomination for this 17th annual Environmental Award, along with an explanation of why they deserve this award, by Jan 31, 2019 to:

Killingly Conservation Commissionc/o Planning Dept., PO Box 6000, DanielsonCT 06239
OR email  erumsey@killinglyct.org

Plan for Gypsy Moth season
 

FOREST OWNERS AND GYPSY MOTHS
     Dealing with infestation and mortality
     Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
     SNOW DATE: Thursday February 7 same time
     Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn CT

Public Welcome!

  Here in eastern Connecticut, gypsy moth defoliations over the past 3 years have been the most damaging in over 30 years. Many forest owners have suffered significant tree mortality.  This program will examine past damage, present conditions and what the future may hold. Topics include:

1. Gypsy moth infestation & tree mortality – how much and where to date, what does the future likely hold?

2. Forest management options in the wake of defoliation – how foresters assess the level of damage, what we can do as landowners

3. Economics – what are the market realities in a time of trade wars and excessive tree mortality?

Presenters include:

Dan Evans, Forester, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
Dick Raymond, Forester, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
Tom Worthley, Associate Extension Professor, University of Connecticut

 

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP’s are requested but not required; please e-mail Bill Reid at wbr655@yahoo.com or call 774-262-3284 for more information, or to let him know you’re attending.

This is an indoor program; an outdoor follow up program will be held on June 8 at the Goodwin State Forest.

 

Co-Sponsored by:

The Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association/Wolf Den Land Trust
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
The Connecticut DEEP Division of Forestry
The UConn Cooperative Extension System

Directions: The Extension Center is located at 139 Wolf Den Road, Brooklyn CT
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