Community news: New Milford library offering adult programs, more

Litchfield County — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures announces two new grants

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) announces two new $5,000 grants to farmers in Northwestern Connecticut.

Northwest Conservation District (NWCD), part of the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, was awarded a $5,000 grant for their “Cover Crop Challenge” project and workshop geared to educate farmers on cover crop management and benefits.

BAV’s grant provides free cover crop seed to participating farmers in Litchfield County. This support also covered the expense of the pre-project soil testing and soil health assessment allowing farmers to understand the health status of their soils and the soil improving qualities of the cover crops.

Another $5,000 grant was given to Fort Hill Farm in New Milford for no-till equipment. With the purchase of the equipment, a no-till system at Fort Hill Farm will increase soil health, increase marketable yield of crops, reduce soil compaction and erosion, and decrease irrigation, compost, and labor costs.

Washington poet publishes new collection

A collection of poems, “The Limits of Light,” by poet and author Susan A. Katz of Washington was released to bookstores and online on Aug. 31, by Austin Macauley Publishers.

“The Limits of Light” features a collection of narrative poems that explores the tales of Greek mythology, and their contemporary messages, an announcement said.

Katz’s work has appeared in many anthologies, journals and literary magazines.

New Milford Library offers programs for adults

The following adult events are planned by the New Milford Public Library at 24 Main St. For more information or to register, email Val Fisher at vfisher@biblio.org or call 860-355-1191, ext. 2.

Seed Library: Patrons are encouraged to save seeds from harvesting and donate them back to the library for others to use. The library welcomes all non-GMO seed donations, in a labeled envelope at the front door of the library during curbside hours.

Craft Swap, Thursday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the day to add new life to craft supplies; 9 to 10 a.m. is early bird pickup for those who have brought supplies and received tickets. The swap will be held in front of the library, weather permitting. The rain location will be the Marsh Parish House.

Coloring for All on the Green (weather permitting), Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. Attendees may bring a chair and supplies or use library supplies. In case of rain, the program will be held at the Marsh Parish House, and masks are required. Registration is required at 860-355-1191, ext. 2 or email vfisher@biblio.org.

The Town of Iron Toys, Thursday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House. The J&E Stevens Company of Cromwell was a developer and producer of mechanical banks. With a PowerPoint program and demonstrations with original banks, historian Richard Donohue will explore the history and work of this company.

Pop Up Yoga with Dawn Delpha. Time and location varies. Delpha is a certified yoga instructor who guides participants through a practice to reduce stress and build the immune system. Weather permitting, filming is at various parks around New Milford, and patrons are invited to join in. The classes are also posted on the library’s Facebook page. For details, call the library at 860-355-1191, ext 2. When the program is posted, those who haven’t joined are welcome to enter the “Where in the World is Dawn” contest by posting answer in the comments and be entered to win a yoga surprise

Celebrate Dear Diary Day, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library will offer a mini-diary and pen to the first 24 patrons.

Understanding the Basics of Medicare, Thursday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church Parish House at 36 Main Street. Margaret Ackley, a local independent health insurance representative who works with seniors in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, will present her program on Medicare health plan options. Each participant will receive the “Medicare Answer Guide.”

Library Card Sign-up Month Bingo: During the month of September, while supplies last, those who sign up for a library card win a library tote bag for a bingo. There is a limit of one per person. A card can be printed off the library’s Facebook page or picked up at the library during curbside hours. The library will close for curbside at 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month due to the Library Board of Trustees meeting. These meetings are open to the public.