The Climate Corps is in part a response to the ongoing work of Juliana Barrett and Bruce Hyde, two Extension educators who form the CLEAR/Sea Grant climate team. The Climate Adaptation Academy (CAA) created by the two has been engaging community officials, citizens and others for over four years, in a series of iterative workshops designed to gather input as much as to dispense information. The CAA’s latest focus is on the many legal issues that can arise at the local level as a result of climate change. A workshop in the fall of 2015 on this topic, Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation, was a sell-out and ended with a long Q&A session between workshop participants and a panel of six prominent land use attorneys. Faced with a long list of complex legal questions, only a few of which could be addressed at the workshop, Barrett and Hyde decided to pursue the matter by contacting the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program (one of only four Sea Grant legal and policy centers in the nation). The result is a new series of fact sheets on high priority climate-related legal issues, which are being widely distributed and will be the basis for follow-up workshops. “We feel that we’re exploring some very important issues that have not been addressed to date, likely because they are relatively new and complex,” says Hyde. “I think this proves that the iterative nature of the CAA works, because these issues surfaced at the workshop and came straight from the towns.”
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
OtherWestport Town Hall
This August CT DEEP and UConn NEMO are holding three meetings across Connecticut's coastal region to update municipalities on: the status of nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound, DEEP's strategy to address it and what communities can do to help. NEMO will also highlight tools and outreach materials available to help reduce nitrogen levels in stormwater and meet some of the requirements of the updated MS4 permit.
Please join us at the regional Long Island Sound Nitrogen Strategy meeting nearest you!
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OtherAg Experiment Station, Windsor
Featuring Extension educators Diane Wright Hirsch and Joe Bonelli. An overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it means for farmers.
Free program, no registration required. For more information contact Rebecca.Eddy@ct.gov
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Storrs CampusNorthwest Park, Windsor
On Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to visit and sample the mid-summer harvest from the Demonstration Organic Garden at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.
UConn Extension Master Gardeners and interns from area counties have been hard at work this summer on the first of a multi-year plan to rejuvenate this gem, located across from the community gardens. Recently adopted as a signature project of the Hartford and Tolland county Master Gardeners, the purpose is to introduce would-be gardeners to the variety of crops that can be easily grown organically in the area, as well as to provide specific learning opportunities for all ages.
In the next few years more educational material will be produced to create a small garden library, as well as signage to enhance a self-guided stroll among the dozen raised beds. The Windsor Public Library contributed eye-catching plant labels created by 3-D printing.
Monthly topical presentations and discussions will also be held, as well as plant clinics for those pesky insect and disease problems that can pop up in the best-tended gardens. There will be a plan to incorporate permaculture into the border around the beds as well.
Volunteers are welcome for fall projects. Contact Nancy for more information at 860-212-9596.
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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
OtherMiddlesex County Extension Center
For a retail farm, your brand is as important as your product.
In this workshop you will learn tools to help you define your brand, stick to it and use it to guide all aspects of your farm marketing. Presented by Keith Padin & Allyson Angelini from Full Heart Farm
Joseph Bonelli from UConn Extension will discuss using Crop Insurance to manage Farm Risk and give a Risk Management Program update
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