DOAG: Connecticut Grown Program

 
 
CT Grown Program
 
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The Connecticut Grown Program was developed by the state Department of Agriculture in 1986, when the now-familiar green and blue logo was created to identify agricultural products grown in the state.

 

Over the past three decades, the Connecticut Grown Program has blossomed into a multifaceted initiative targeting diverse local, regional, national and international markets through both direct-to-consumer and wholesale-oriented program components.

 

Using the Connecticut Grown logo and identity

 

Producers and retailers of agricultural products grown/raised in Connecticut may market those products under the Connecticut Grown logo/label/brand name as long as such products meet Connecticut Grown labeling requirements and the logo/label/brand name is used according to the Connecticut Grown Identity Standards
 
Connecticut Grown labeling requirements are outlined in Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 22-38 as amended by Public Act 15-245:
 

Substitute Senate Bill No. 348

Public Act No. 15-245

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF FARM PRODUCTS AS "CONNECTICUT-GROWN".

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 22-38 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2015):

 

(a) For purposes of this section, "farm products" means products resulting from the practice of agriculture or farming, as defined in section 1-1 and "Connecticut-Grown" means produce and other farm products that have a traceable point of origin within Connecticut.

 

(b) Only farm products grown or produced in Connecticut shall be advertised or sold in Connecticut as "Connecticut-Grown". Farm products grown or produced in Connecticut may be advertised or sold in Connecticut as "Native", "Native-Grown", "Local" or "Locally-Grown". Farm products grown or produced within a ten-mile radius of the point of sale for such farm products may be advertised or sold in Connecticut as "Native", "Native-Grown", "Local", or "Locally-Grown". Any person, firm, partnership or corporation advertising farm products as "Native", "Native-Grown", "Local", "Locally-Grown", or "Connecticut-Grown" shall be required to furnish written proof within ten days of the sale of such products that such products were grown or produced in Connecticut or within a ten-mile radius of the point of sale, as applicable, if requested to do so by the Commissioner of Agriculture or said commissioner's designee. Any person who violates any provision of this [section] subsection shall be fined not more than [twenty-five] one hundred dollars for each product label in violation of this [section] subsection.

 

(c) In addition to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, any person who sells any farm product as "Connecticut-Grown" at a farmers' market in this state shall offer such product for sale in the immediate proximity of a sign that is: (1) Readily visible to consumers, (2) not less than three inches by five inches in size, and (3) in a form that is substantially as follows:

THIS FARM PRODUCT IS CONNECTICUT-GROWN. THIS FARM PRODUCT WAS GROWN OR PRODUCED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSON OR BUSINESS: (INSERT NAME AND ADDRESS OF PERSON OR BUSINESS)

 

The lettering on any such sign shall be of such a size, font or print that is clearly and easily legible. Such a sign shall accompany each type of farm product that any such person sells as "Connecticut-Grown". Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall receive a warning for the first violation and for any subsequent violation shall be fined one hundred dollars for each violation.

 

 

Enforcement

The Connecticut Department of Agricultureís Bureau of Regulation and Inspection enforces the above Connecticut Grown labeling requirements.  Bureau staff conduct unannounced compliance checks at farmersí markets and investigate specific written, formal complaints of violations based on available agency resources.

 

Farmersí market vendors selling products as Connecticut Grown must identify the origin of each such product, including the name and town of the farm that grew/produced it.  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture offers Connecticut Grown price cards that, when filled out properly and used on each item, will meet these labeling requirements.  See below for information on how to request price cards.

 

A large, single banner or sign with the farm name and address in a farmersí market stall does not meet the labeling requirement unless that banner or sign includes a readily visible statement that all products offered for sale by that vendor at that farmersí market were grown/produced by that same farm. 

 

If a farmersí market vendor offers for sale products grown/produced by any other Connecticut farms as Connecticut Grown, each product must be clearly and individually labeled in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 22-38 as amended by Public Act 15-245 above.

 

Questions about enforcement of Connecticut Grown labeling requirements should be directed to the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection at 860-713-2508.

 
Price Cards 
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The Connecticut Department of Agriculture offers price cards to producers as available resources allow.  Cards for Connecticut Grown products are full color, 5.5" x 7" and have space to fill in the name and town of the farm that grew/produced the item.  Cards for non-Connecticut Grown items are black and white, 5.5" x7".  Both are offered in pads of 50. To order, please fill out and fax/mail in the POP Request Form.  

 
 
CT Grown Crop Availability Calendar ~ This popular calendar identifies the seasonal availability of CT Grown fruits and vegetables in a multi-colored, easy-to-read chart. Available for downloading.   Download CT Grown Crop Availability Calendar
 

CT Grown Producer Listings - The Department of Agriculture offers a variety of online listings on its Where to Find Connecticut Grown Products page.  It's free to participate and applications are accepted year round. Applications can be found on the  For more information, please contact Jane Slupecki at 860-713-2503 or jane.slupecki@ct.gov.

 

Grant Opportunities ~ For a complete list of grant opportunities offered through the Department of Agriculture, please visit our Agency Grants and Loans page.  

 

Agriculture Directional Signage ~ The Agriculture Directional Signage {CT Grown Road Signage } program is designed to direct tourists and regional consumers off state roadways to local roads where farm operations are established.  The state approved signs are paid for by the farmers; currently you can find over 175 signs throughout Connecticut.  For more information view the Signage Program Brochure (.pdf, 2pgs) or contact Rick Macsuga at Richard.Macsuga@ct.gov or 860-713-2503.
 
Farmers' Markets ~ A constantly expanding program which enables consumers to purchase fresh farm products. For more information on establishing a market in your area or participating in a market, contact Rick Macsuga at Richard.Macsuga@ct.gov or 860-713-2503.
 
{Farm to School logo} Farm-to-School ~ A statewide program designed to use Connecticut Grown fresh fruits and vegetables in schools cafeteria meals and snacks. 83 schools/school systems, 44 producers, and eight wholesale houses take part in the program. For more information about the program and how you can participate, visit the Farm-to-School webpage (under Programs & Services) on the Department of Ag website or contact us at 860-713-2503.
 
Farm-to-Chef ~ This free program helps connect producers and distributors of CT Grown {FTC_logo} ingredients with chefs and other foodservice professionals.  It also helps the public locate restaurants and other dining venues that serve Connecticut Grown foods.  Membership applications and additional infromation are available on the Farm-to-Chef page or call 860-713-2503.
 
{Connecticut Farm Link Program logo} Farm Link ~ This program was developed in response to the demand for farmland by new farmers. It has been designed to act as a clearinghouse for the transition between generations of farmers with the goal of keeping farmland in production. For more information about this program visit www.ctfarmlink.org or contact the Farmland Preservation Division at 860-713-2511.
 
Media relations ~ Information about CT Grown products, producers, and events is disseminated to the media through news releases and other forms of outreach. To join the distribution list, contact Steve Jensen at Steve.Jensen@ct.gov or 860-713-2519.
 
CT Grown Mascots  ~ This program allows you to borrow a variety of fruit, vegetable, and animal costumes to promote your agricultural event, free of charge.  Costumes can be borrowed between April 1st and November 15th of each year.  You will be required to sign out the costumes, using the costume loan agreement 2016. However, you must confirm the dates and availability of the costumes you want to borrow with Jane Slupecki at 860-713-2503 or Jane.Slupecki@ct.gov.  Remember, you must pick them up and drop them off in Hartford, CT at our office.      
 
Connecticut Grown Forest Products Program ~ Done in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the program highlights producers of furniture, outdoor structures, and decorative accents.  To learn more and find a producer, visit the CT DEEP's program page - Connecticut Grown Forest Products.
 
CT Apple Marketing Board ~ In August 1986, after a vote by Connecticut apples growers in favor of a marketing order, the Commissioner approved the enactment of the Connecticut Apple Marketing Order (CGS Sec. 22-54o through 22-54t). Among the Order's goals are to help increase the demand for apples, promote efficient and equitable marketing of apples, and develop new and larger markets for apples produced in the state. You can visit their website at www.ctapples.org for more information.
 
CT Seafood Council ~An organization that represents the state's commercial seafood harvesters and farmers of fish and shellfish that work to promote the seafood industry in Connecticut to Connecticut residents. For information about Council meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.
 
CT Farm Wine Development Council ~ A Council that promotes all CT farm wineries and vineyards and the sale of locally produced CT farm wines. For information about Council meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.
 
CT Food Policy Council ~ A Council that works to promote the development of a food policy for the State of Connecticut and the coordination of state agencies that affect food security. For information about Council meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.         
 
CT Milk Promotions Board ~   The CT Milk Promotion Board develops, coordinates and implements promotional, research and other programs designed to promote Connecticut dairy farms and milk consumption. For information about Board meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.