What’s New at NOFA/ RI

MARCH 5, 2017

Calling all organic farmers and gardeners to join us at the NOFA/RI Winter Conference March 5th at Hope & Main, Warren, RI for a full day of valuable and practical information.  Workshop speakers and topics will be posted here as they are confirmed.  More information to come.

Announcing New Bulk Order Website & New Order Form
Starting on January 1st through NOFA/ MASS

Each year, NOFA/RI, NOFA/Mass and CT NOFA organize a bulk order with popular suppliers for distribution at sites in western, central and eastern MA and central CT.  Farmers, gardeners and landscapers can take advantage of significant savings through group purchasing power and collective shipping, while helping NOFA chapters support organic practices throughout the tri-state region. Bulk orders are open to everyone, members and non-members. You will be able to place your order via a new online ordering process, with a shopping cart feature, on a new NOFA/MASS Bulk Order website.

Products include compost; potting soil; fertilizers; mineral amendments; tools for the farm and garden; animal supplements; and tuber, allium, and cover crop seed.  Whether you’re a small-scale gardener, large-scale commercial farmer, or anything in between, you can participate; there’s no minimum order. Current NOFA members, or those who join or renew on the order form, will receive the price listed. Non-members, please include an additional 10% to cover administrative fees.

Check out the bulk order information here or send questions to Caro Roszell, Bulk Order Coordinator.

Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT)

SCLT is now accepting applications for their Farm Apprenticeship program with host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm, Pat’s Pastured, & Sidewalk Ends Farm.  For details check here.
Apply by February 1, 2017


Thanks to a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant, NOFA/RI announces its partnership with Southside Community Land Trust to offer livestock trainings and technical assistance beginning in 2017.  NOFA/RI also will expand its advisor program to cover livestock- related technical assistance, with the addition of a NOFA/RI’s Organic Livestock Program Manager, Ben Coerper, of Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter Rhode Island.

SCLT Farm Apprenticeship Program

allia panoramaSouthside Community Land Trust (SCLT) Farm Apprenticeship Program

Host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm,
Pat’s Pastured, & Sidewalk Ends Farm

Application Date: February 1, 2017

Apprentices will train full-time at one of four host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm, Pat’s Pastured, and Sidewalk Ends Farm. Hands- on learning of in-depth farm skills from their farm mentors is combined with farm tours, classes, and network- building meetings. Apprentices complete the program with not only technical skills, but also a broader understanding of farm conditions and connections to resources needed to begin a farming career.

For more information see Southside Community Land Trust Apprenticeship Program at www.southsideclt.org or contact laura@southsideclt.org or mail to Laura Bozzi, Southside Community Land Trust, 109 Somerset St. Providence RI 02907.