Summer Workshops with NOFA/RI

Summer is a great time for on-farm workshops, pasture walks and farm tours.  Seeing how other farmers are handling similar production, processing, and marketing challenges can spark ideas for your farm that can improve profitability.  These On-farm workshops are free, sponsored by a grant from USDA and the RI DEM.

Reducing Food WasteOn-Farm Workshop
Sat, August 3, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Register on-line here.
Big Train Farm
1012 Snake Hill Road, Glocester, RI 02857

This workshop will provide details on how growers can take advantage of Hope’s Harvest services, including what we manage and provide (insurance, equipment, volunteer supervision) and an overview of how farmers can receive stipends for participation. The workshop will also include an open discussion about long-term planning for utilizing b-grade products to serve low-income and institutional markets locally and regionally.
The event will take place at Big Train Farm in Glocester, Rhode Island.

Growing to End Food InsecuritiesOn-Farm Workshop
Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Register on-line here.
Franklin Farm
142 Abbott Run Valley Rd, Cumberland, RI 02864

Franklin Farms has a lot to share: starting with growing and donating over 300,000 pounds of harvest in the last ten years!  Add their Allotment Garden Program, where individuals grow their own organic vegetables, to their Colonial Gardens, to educational programs, and the historic farm house itself.

Both beginning and experienced grower can benefit from seeing first-hand farm the successful strategies used from planting to irrigation to production yields and harvest. 

We are excited to host our 45th annual NOFA Summer Conference with keynote speaker, Sandor Katz for a festive summer weekend August 9 -11, 2019 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Always a family friendly event, you can bring the whole family to enjoy workshops for adults, kids and teens, over 60 vendors, live music, games and amazing food! Registration is now open and we hope you’ll join us this summer!

Register Here!

We love promoting our friends at FarmFresh RI and their RI Summer Farmers Market Guide 2019. 
Shop your local Farmer’s Market, or better yet, take a trip and explore Farmer’s Market in a different part of the State!  It’s hard to beat the vibrant environment, the variety of local fruits and vegetables and the connection to supporting your local farmer.