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2017 Winter Conference

2017 Winter Conference March 5th

NOFA/RI Annual Winter Conference to be help at Hope & Main, Warren, RI details here.

CRAFT Workshops

  • Title: Season Extension with Caterpillar Tunnels
    Host: Little River Farm, Camille Abdel-Nabi And Bob Payne
    Date: Saturday, April 22, 9:30am-noon
    Little River Farm, 125 William Reynolds Rd, Exeter, RI 02822
    Free.  Register to save your spot.

This CRAFT workshop will focus on extending the vegetable growing season with caterpillar tunnels. There will be three segments: first a brief discussion of how Bob makes / uses caterpillar tunnels, and then a lengthy practical segment during which we move a tunnel(s), and finally a lunch potluck to discuss and socialize. We’ll be participating in the spring brassica planting.

Little River Farm is a 3- acre Certified Organic vegetable farm located in Exeter, RI, founded in 2013 and owned and managed by Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi. We are young farmers who use organic and sustainable practices to grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including arugula, mesclun salad mix, bunched greens, root vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and many others. We believe in providing high quality and delicious vegetables to our customers. We sell our produce through our CSA, at farmers markets, and wholesale to restaurants and food cooperatives. We use high tunnels and other season extension practices that allow us to harvest and sell vegetables throughout the winter. We believe in mentoring other young people who are interested in farming.

This CRAFT workshops are possible thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant though the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture, which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops. Everyone is welcome.


What to look for when buying livestock
Date/Time: Sunday April 9, 1–3PM
Location: Wild Harmony Farm, 366 Victory Hwy, Exeter, RI
Hosted by Ben Coerper & Rachael Slattery of Wild Harmony Farm, this workshop will cover important aspects of an animal’s physical characteristics, management practices, breed selections & relative value while purchasing poultry, sheep, pigs, & cattle.

Workshop is free, but space is limited.

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

    • Conservation Planning for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
      Tuesday, February 28th, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
      Wakefield, RI
    • Conservation Planning for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
      Wednesday, March 1st, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
      Wakefield, RI
      The Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program is pleased to announce two upcoming short courses in Wakefield, RI, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). These are two separate courses, open to the public, and require advanced registration. See the course description and registration link below.These full day workshops, instructed by Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society and Gary Casabona of the NRCS, will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes.
      Cost: Registration is $45 per person.Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book Attracting Native Pollinators as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.
      Please plan on bringing a sack lunch with you to the course. Advanced registration is required.
    • Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water and BiodiversityJan. 31, 2017 UMass, Amherst, MA ecolandscaping.org/events
    • NOFA-VT Winter Conference, Feb. 18 – 20, 2017, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT nofavt.org
    • 2017 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show, Mar. 8 – 9, 2017, Sturbridge, MA
    • RI Land & Water Conversation Summit, Mar, 11, 2017, URI Kingston, RI landandwaterpartnership.org
    • CT NOFA’s 35th Annual Winter Conference, Mar, 11 – 12, 2017, Western Conn. State University, Danbury, CT ctnofa.org/winterconference
    • Soil, Plant & Farm Methodology, John Kenny, Big Train Farm, Cranston, RI.
      March 18th and 19th, 1pm-7pm with a break.
      Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street Providence RI
John Kenney

John Kenney

Big Train Farm, Owner/manager John Kenny leads this 2-day seminar.   Big Train Farm has been certified organic for several years.  John has over 15 years of experience as an organic farmer as well as an academic background in biology and chemistry.  He will be teaching a “Soil, Plant & Farm Methodology” two day seminar in March.

See an international list of horticultural conferences at hortcalendar.com and local events at semaponline.org/events.

On-line Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
Consumer demand is increasing for organic lawn care. Boost your skills and reduce toxins in the environment. This 9-unit, non-college credit course is a complete introduction to managing grass and lawns organically and will cover how pesticide and fertilizer runoff harms water quality, provide technical training on organic lawn care practices, and discuss successful business and marketing strategies. Learn more at here or call 203-308-2584. Register here.

Farm Commons – Farm Business Law Webinars
Plan for a stable, resilient farm business with 13 free Farm Law Webinars in 2015. There are 8 Farm Law Basics webinars and 5 Advanced Farm Law webinars. Learn, create and converse with farmers from across the country while applying the law to your specific situation. Learn more and register at Farm Commons.

Small Business Training
The Center for Women in Enterprise and the Small Business Administration offer classroom and on-line training. Learn more here.

NOFA/RI logoNOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisor
Organic Farm Advisors assist beginning or transitioning farmers with sustainable and organic growing, harvesting, processing and sales techniques, business planning or organic certification. Learn more about this free service here.

Young Farmer NetworkYoung Farmer Nights (YFN) Schedule
YFN connects farmers, aspiring farmers and farm allies from all backgrounds. This regional network and open to young and old. On-farm events often include a potluck supper and bonfire. Learn more and view the season’s schedule here.

NOFA/Mass Growing Webinars
View free webinars offered by NOFA/Mass on the final Tuesday of each month from 7 – 8 p.m. See future webinar topics and view past webinars here.

Plant and Gardening Fairs and Events
See the All Things Plants events calendar.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series 
Oregon Tilth and NRCS offer webinars on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m Eastern Time. Learn more here.

Conservation Webinars
See a variety of resource conservation webinars for free, Topics include Soil Health, Cropping Systems, Bioenergy, Energy, Biomass, Energy Policy, FOTG & Planning, Fish & Wildlife, Forestry, Forest Management and Wildlife. Learn more here.

URI Master Gardeners
Learn more here.

URI Master Composters
Learn more here.

Learn about other related training events, farmers markets and more at our web calendar here