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2017 Winter Conference

2017 Winter Conference

NOFA/RI Winter Conference, Mar. 5, 2017, Hope & Main, Warren, RI nofari.org/events/winter-conference

Advanced Grower Seminars

Organic No-Till and Intensive Vegetable Production: Tools and Techniques
with Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm
December 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Potluck lunch
South Kingstown Land Trust Barn
17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879
Directions here.
Registration here. (At the door registration may also be available. )

Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using organic no-till practices on a commercial scale from Bryan O’Hara, owner and farmer at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. During this day-long workshop Bryan will provide mountains of details in the concise, practical and cohesive manner we have come to appreciate from him over the years. He will take participants through his whole production system which has been profitable and sustainable for over 20 years.

Learn about the various steps of a no-till transition including

  • Eliminating preceding crops and reducing residues
  • Creating weed-free seed beds and controlling weeds
  • Applying fertility and increasing biological activity and diversity
  • Appropriate seeding including inter-seeding vegetable crops and cover cropping

Far from a broad abstract view of production systems, Bryan will cover various tools and techniques he has honed over two decades of production. Bryan will also focus on building soil and fertility, multi-cropping and season extension; cropping schedules. He will also discuss mowing and solarizing, weed-free composting, mulching, weed and pest control, broadcast seeding, irrigation as well as harvest techniques and efficient decision-making tips.

Bryan and Anita Johnson have been growing vegetables on 1+ acres in Lebanon, CT for over 20 years. Bryan successfully converted his potato production to no-till methods several years ago. Bryan was named Organic Farmer of the Year at the 2016 NOFA Summer Conference.

Potluck Lunch

Share a delicious potluck meal. Please bring 5-8 servings to share. Limited refrigeration will be available.

Teens 16 and under (with paying parent) FREE with registration to via email to nofari@live.com or call (401) 523-2653. At the door registration also available.  Join us if you have a last minute change of plans!

Register Here

CRAFT Workshops

NOFA/RI’s Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners.

These 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.

applesApple Orchard Planting & Care

December 11, 10:00 a.m.
Long Lane Orchard
76 Long Lane, Warren, RI 02885
Dress for the weather and bring a shovel.
Directions here.

Experienced orchardist, Spencer Morris, will discuss his strategy for planting apple trees at this site – every site is different. Hear how fruit trees are grafted and Spencer’s approach to nursery production. Learn to dig a hole, plant (do not throw the rocks back in!), support, rodent-proof and otherwise provide for the starts. Spencer will discuss his management practices (or lack of) for pruning and fruit production. Participants will hear about organic and traditional approaches and Spencer’s lessons in variety selection.

Participants will plant apple trees. Spencer has planted trees during snow storms, so this workshop could be even more fun than expected!

Spencer Morris has managed apple orchards for over 10 years. Long Lane Orchard has 450 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees per acre. More than 35 apple varieties provide fresh eating, culinary uses and cider.

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

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