Autumn Happenings at NOFA/RI

  PBS Roger Swain and Grower Lee Reich

Join us Sunday December 3rd for this special event with two nationally known experts sharing experience, techniques and humor in backyard and small farm growing at Hope & Main (691 Main Street, Warren, RI).  Register Now!

Roger Swain, always informative and entertaining, will impart practical advice for backyard and small farms in the larger context of how gardening sustains us, personally and collectively.  With wit and wisdom, Roger both inspires and educates.   Roger, who holds a doctorate from Harvard University, is known to millions from his years of hosting the popular PBS show “The Victory Garden,” and is easily recognized by his trademark red suspenders. He is the author of five books: Earthly PleasuresField DaysThe Practical GardenerSaving Graces, and Groundwork.

Lee Reich, PhD. will discuss growing methods and marketing potential for fruit varieties not well known but rich in flavor and good for organic and pesticide-free growing, as well as present best practices for no-till techniques.  Lee is an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer).  His books include A Northeast Gardener’s YearThe Pruning BookWeedless GardeningUncommon Fruits for Every GardenLandscaping With Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.


  Winter Growing On Farm Workshop 

Sunday, December 10.  1 PM -3 PM
Winter Growing in Unheated Low Tunnels at Roots Farm, Tiverton
217 East Road, Tiverton, RI
Directions here.

In this Winter Growing on-farm workshop, Mike and Kelli Roberts will show the winter crops in their low tunnels and moveable high tunnels and discuss crop selection, rotation, planting schedules, and tunnel logistics.  Roots Farm is a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm in Tiverton, RI that focuses on year-round growing using an intensive growing style that aims to maximize efficiency on a small plot of land.   Roots Farm also runs a Winter Farm Share Program.  This event is free and open to the public.



  8 Great Indoor Farmers’ Markets

November is here with temperatures falling, but you can still get local grown at these great indoor Farmers’ Markets.   Looking ahead as you prepare for your Thanksgiving meal there’s nothing’s better than a Rhode Island-grown turkey and farm-fresh potatoes, carrots, apples, cider and winter squash  They are all available at the winter markets.

The South Kingstown Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market in the Peace Dale Mill Complex at 1425 Kingstown Road (Route 108) in Peace Dale is open on Saturdays (check webpage for details).

The Coastal Growers’ Winter Market in 650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown at Lafayette Mill on Route 102, is open on Saturdays.

The Mount Hope Year-round Market at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The Mount Hope market is located at 250 Metacom Avenue in Bristol and operates indoors now throughout the winter.

The Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers’ Market at Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hope Valley Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, located above the police station in the Richmond Community Center at 1168 Main Street in Wyoming, is open Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In East Greenwich, the St. Luke’s ‘Arts And Farms’ Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market will be open every Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church located at Church located at 99 Pierce Street Street.  (401) 203-6559.

The Woonsocket Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, located at the Thundermist Health Center at 450 Clinton Street in Woonsocket, is open Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. through June 30.

The Aquidneck Growers’ Market, now located indoors at Newport Vineyard and Winery in Middletown, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The market is located at 909 East Main Road.

Earth Care Farm Selected for Organic Materials Bulk Order Pick Up Location.  Place Orders in January 2018

The Bulk Order Program is a great opportunity for purchasing all your organically certifiable farm, garden, and lawn care products.   Products include compost; potting soil; fertilizers; mineral amendments; tools for the farm and garden; animal supplements; and tuber, allium, and cover crop seed.  You save as it’s a collective buying program and you don’t have to pay for shipping.

NOFA members and non-members may participate. 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.

The order is open every year during the month of January, from the 1st to the 31st.   This year orders will be delivered to several sites in MA and at Earth Care Farm, 89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI.

NOFA Harvest Happenings

The Great Pumpkin Is Here.  

Frerichs Farms is known for its giant pumpkins!  They’ve made national news! Who would have thought Warren, the smallest town in the smallest state, would be known for something so large? Since 2000 Frerichs has hosted the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-off on Columbus Day Weekend.

This year, on October 7, thousands of people will come to see the pumpkins and enjoy the festivities and NOFA/RI will be there too.  Stop by and say hello!

Rain dates October 8 or 9.

Enjoy the flavors of the season with Apples

Food and Wine Magazine calls this simple, classic rustic apple tart “a virtually fail-safe recipe that is completely hassle free.”  But don’t limit your apples to tarts, pies, cakes, fritters, crips or turnovers.  Slice into salads, spice up a grilled cheese with ham and apples, or savor a bowl of apple and winter squash soup.  Simply bake them or eat them fresh off the tree.

You can find apples from these orchards around the State that are certified organic, like Elwood Orchard in North Scituate, or listed as chemical-free or using integrated pest management (IPM).  IPM seeks to control pests with sustainable methods without relying solely on pesticides:
Old Stone Orchard, Little Compton
Appleland Orchard, Smithfield
Barden Family Orchard, North Scituate
Fraser Orchard, Green
Hill Orchards, Johnston
Leach Farm & Orchard, Greenville
Pippin Orchard, Cranston
Steere Orchard, Greenville

Farm Succession School

The Farm Succession School is a three-session program designed for farmers looking for a bit of structure and motivation to tackle succession planning. The program will bring you from thinking about the future to doing active planning. Your commitment of three winter days will help to guide you toward a successful planning outcome for you, your family and your farm.  The first season is December 8, 2018 in Warwick, RI.

To learn more or to register for this program, view New England Farm Succession School.