Why is Malloy's gov't blocking organic food?

The sole reason my parents eat Connecticut-grown organic produce is because I've signed them up to get fresh vegetables weekly through a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share operated by Devon Point Farm in Woodstock. This and other CSA projects are a fun source of good food for many people in the state.

But the governor's office doesn't seem to agree. For the past two years the Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky has effectively blockaded Devon Point Farm from holding an annual farm-to-table dinner, which the previous commissioner had allowed. Last year, Reviczky advised Devon Point to get pre-approval from the director of Farmland Preservation. Devon Point complied, but inexplicably final approval never came from Reviczky.

What's worse, the same thing happened again this year, with Reviczky negligent in responding to Devon Point's request. It's unacceptable. It's demoralizing to Devon Point to think the governor's office is working against them.

Connecticut deserves better. This goes beyond the commissioner's failure to serve farmers, but extends to concerns about the economic development, cultural heritage, and well-being of this state.

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