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What is NOFA?

"What is NOFA?" NOFA stands for Northeast Organic Farming Alliance. It is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting healthy food, organic farming practices, and a cleaner environment. NOFA has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NOFA-NY is the New York chapter. They provide educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers, and land care professionals.The Natural Farmer, the quarterly newspaper of the NOFA Interstate Council, publishes features on organic farming techniques, certification issues, environmental developments as they impact farmers and growers, organic market conditions and other topics of interest to the Northeast organic community. Another valuable service offered is NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, accredited by the USDA National Organic...

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Beat the DEET – Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

If you’re like me, the thought of using insect repellent containing the chemical DEET makes your skin crawl. Yuck! So, I was extremely happy to learn that the CDC has labeled oil of lemon eucalyptus an effective repellent of mosquitoes and ticks. In 2005 the CDC included the EPA-registered product containing synthesized lemon eucalyptus oil in its list of repellents of mosquitoes and ticks. Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) is also called PMD (chemical name: para-menthane-3,8-diol), which is the synthesized version of OLE. It is extracted from the leaves of waste distillate of Eucalyptus citriodora, a tree native to Australia. I’m surprised that I didn’t know about this alternative to DEET sooner. I’m so excited at the thought of being able to walk with...

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Joy

Meet Joy! She was born Monday evening, May 6th. Her mother, Willa, surprised us about a week before she was born and in her cowish ways told us she was expecting.  Her name is Joy because that is how I often feel when I watch the cows. They are peaceful and entertaining. When the new babies come it's a small miracle - just like all new life. Willa is a sweetheart and it seems like Joy will be a sweetie too. She and her momma are letting me pet her. They are so frail the first day but in a few days it's hard to hold them in one place. They just grow so fast.

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