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2018 Winter Conference

NOFA/RI Welcomes a new season of On-Farm Workshops.

These NOFA/RI workshops are free and open to the public.  As a courtesy, please pre-register at the link provided as it helps us plan for the event, but registration is not required. Last minute attendees are welcome!
Be sure to check the weather before joining us on farm, and dress accordingly.  Check this page or nofari.org for potential cancelations.  Photographs may be taken at the event to be used for NOFA RI promotional material and appear on the webpage.

On Farm workshops funded through USDA grants via the RI DEM and USDA grants via Southside Community Land Trust.

GarlicGrowing and Harvesting Garlic: On-Farm Workshop
Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:30 am -1:30 pm 

Earth Care Farm
89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI 02813

Learn all about growing and harvesting garlic at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown from the planting and harvesting procedures of garlic, including curing, weed maintenance and how to manage soil fertility and nutrients in the soil.

Earth Care Farm is a diversified crop and livestock farm run by Jayne Senecal and her family in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Since 1979, the farm has also manufactured and sold screened compost, raised bed mix and custom blended potting soil to create a nutrient-dense environment for plants and crops to grow.

Register for this FREE event here.

Crop Rotation & Cover Crops On-Farm Workshop
Wednesday, July 25.  5-7 PM
Scratch Farm
35 Pippin Orchard Road.  Cranston, RI 02921

Learn about the importance of crop rotation as well as a number of reasons why you should be planing cover crops. Crop rotation is a systematic approach to deciding where to plant each crop in the garden from one year to the next. A crop rotation system helps manage soil fertility and is used to avoid or reduce problems with soil-dwelling insects as well as soil-borne diseases.  Planting cover crops can help address a number of troublesome problems.  Click here to register.

Berry Production On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, July 29.  10 am – 12 noon
Sweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown RI 02842.
Click here to register.

This workshop gives an overview of berry growing, including blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries and shares tips on selecting fruit varieties that have good flavor and grow well locally. Host farmers Jan and Michelle Eckhart will touch on netting systems, pruning and common diseases. Sweet Berry Farms practices IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and sustainable agriculture techniques. Learn about some of the natural and biological methods used to minimize insects and disease, allowing low or no spray. Jan will share how understanding the behavior of pests and can impact IPM methods.

Irrigation Systems For Specialty Crops On-Farm Workshop
Monday, July 30.  6-8 PM
Franklin Farm
142 Abbot Run Valley Road.  Cumberland, RI 02894.
Click here to register.

Proper irrigation can optimize root structure and impact crop yields. This workshop will look at effective water-saving irrigation systems through different methods, such as trickle/drip system, subirrigation, centre pivot and field sprinklers.  You’ll learn factors to consider when choosing which type of irrigation system to use, including: water quality, topography, field size, crop type, irrigation efficiency and maintenance.  Please arrive a few minutes early.

Franklin Farm is a truly unique place, a town-owned historic farm located in Cumberland and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm is also part of the RI Community Food Bank gardens and is now the largest producer of farm fresh, locally and naturally grown vegetables for the RI Community Bank.  Along with the community garden, Franklin Farm runs an Allotment Garden Program for people in the community to grow their own organic vegetables.  In addition, they maintain a Colonial garden with medicinal and cooking herbs, cutting flowers and fruit.

Organic Fruit Tree Production: On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, August 5.  Noon – 2 PM
Location: Elwood Orchard, 58 Snake Hill Road.  North Scituate, RI 02857
Registration Free.  Register Here.

Interested in starting a home or commercial orchard? Join us as Al and Jean Fuoroli, the owners of Elwood Orchard dive deep into the process of owning and operating an organic orchard. Covered topics will include how to get started, potential challenges that you may face in your orchard as well as the benefits of choosing disease resistant tree varieties. Hope to see you there!

Elwood Orchard is Rhode Island’s only USDA certified organic apple orchard run by Jean and Al Fuoroli. The orchard is home to over 1,000 fruit trees, including apples, peaches, nectarines and Asian pears. The orchard also grows gourmet garlic, pumpkins, winter squash and flowers during the season.

Farming No-till on Leased Land: On-Farm Workshop & Potluck
Wednesday, August 22.  5 – 7 PM
Location: Moonrose Farm.  684 Natick Avenue. Cranston, RI 02921
Registration Free at this Eventbrite link.

This two hour workshop will discuss the pros and cons of leasing land as well as advise others on how to grow diversified crops on a no-till farm.
This event sponsored with The Young Farmer Network.

POTLUCK DINNER after the workshop!
Plan to stay and join in the fun. What makes Young FarmerNights unique is that the focus of the events is on having fun and getting to know each other. Bring your favorite dish to share with the farming community!

Moonrose Farm is a chemical free farm and apiary that strives to feed the land and people while fostering nurturing relationships with the community through food, education and health. The farm is developed on leased land and encompasses a diversity of crops, flowers and honey bees that are hard at work.

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

Green Scene Careers Summit

Blithewold Mansion101 Ferry RoadBristol, RI, 02809United States (map)

Google Calendar ICS

About: This summit is perfect for those looking to start a career, make a career change, take a class or improve basic knowledge of plants. This informal outreach session will offer attendees of all ages an inside look at the green growing world. Horticultural professionals and skilled volunteers will be on hand to share their stories and answer your questions.
Info: To learn more, e-mail Gail at gread@blithewold.org

Cultivating The Grassroots Organic Movement

August 10-12, 2018
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Registration now open.  Early bird deadline June 27.

Next NOFA 2018 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

Normal 4-day Course & Testing Cost: $695 ($650 for early registration – 2 months prior). Includes refreshments, lunches, course materials, and a printed copy of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care (6th edition) – the internationally recognized guide to organic land care practices.
  • August 2018 course in New Haven, CT (Aug 13-16) register here.
  • November 2018 course in East Hartford, CT (Nov 12-15) register here
  • NEED A SCHOLARSHIP & IN CONNECTICUT? NOFA has 100% scholarship opportunities for land care professionals who serve clients in Connecticut and want organic training. To apply, fill out this form and we will be in touch!
  • A course in Portland, Maine is also being planned for October 2018.

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 .


Farm Aid 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. For 33 years, Farm Aid has celebrated farmers, eaters and music coming together for change. The festival season offers valuable opportunities to connect the work of local food and farm groups with those working across the country, including several avenues to elevate the work of your organization and the stories of the farmers and food & farm system changemakers in your network.

We hope you can join us at Farm Aid 2018. We’ll send additional details for events and logistics in the coming weeks. In the meantime, grab your tickets and check out the attached social media guide & graphics to spread the word to folks in your network!
Learn more 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