Visit our Exhibit at Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the Rhode Island State House in Providence.
Our Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners.
NOFA/RI CRAFT workshops are free thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from 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. Registration is not required for CRAFT Workshops.
Raise better vegetables with chickens in crop rotations
June 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Rain date: June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Big Train Farm
35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI 02921
Free CRAFT Workshop
John Kenny will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre certified organic farm has improved produce yields at Big Train Farm. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.
This 2-acre farm is one of seven incubator farms at Urban Edge Farm, owned by Southside Community Land Trust. Established in 2008, Big Train Farm sells produce and eggs through a 25-week mix-and-match CSA and wholesale accounts. CSA customers may also purchase weekly shares of fruits, flowers, meats and breads from other growers, producers and restaurants.
John is a NOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisor specializing in tractor operations, soil test interpretation and field planning. Each year John offers a 3-part workshop on Soil Health and Plant Science for farmers and gardeners. His courses include basic soil science, crop science and soil maintenance principles focused on organic growing techniques. He also hosts workshops on agriculture, natural science and field botany.
Artisan Cheesemaking on Aquidneck Island
Sunday, July 12, 1 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Simmons Farm, 1942 West Main Road, Middletown, RI
Cost: $50 NOFA Members; $60 non-members (Maximum 6 people)
Karla will offer a walking tour of the farm. Participants will learn to make chèvre (goat cheese) and hang it after it is ready in the tank. Participants will learn to flavor chèvre and sample their cheese with crackers. Afterwards Karla will bring participants to the barn to see her milk the animals. Participants may bring home the cheese they make. This workshop is perfect for home-cheese makers, avid cooks, cheese lovers and food enthusiasts!