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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.

Tractor Safety for Women

Greg Breene

Greg Breene, farmer and ag. teacher

Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, August 7
Breene Hollow Farm
21d Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI
Directions here.
Co-sponsored by NOFA/RI and the RI Farm Bureau

Greg Breene, agricultural teacher, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor and Breene Acres Farm will discuss safe operation and basic maintenance requirements of gas or diesel-powered farm tractors and implements. Training will include tractor parts and tools identification such as a torque wrench, open-end wrench, flywheel, piston and starter. Participants will learn to safely attach and use common tractor implements including a seeder, harrow, tine weeder or manure spreader.

This workshop has been designed specifically for women. Attendees will have the opportunity to drive a tractor.

This workshop will be include a potluck meal. Please bring food or beverages to share, as well as your dish, cup and flatware. The Breenes will provide tents for shade.

This free CRAFT Workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Register via email to nofari@live.com.

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NOFA Summer Conference

NOFA Summer Conference - outdoor classroomAugust 12 – 14
UMass/Amherst
Directions here.

Join people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning is a community action – with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun.

Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm

Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm

This year’s keynote speakers bring a passion for solutions – Leah Penniman, food justice activist and farmer at Soul Fire Farm, and André Leu, international organic agronomist and President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.

Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism and beyond.

André Leu, IFOAM

André Leu, IFOAM

Young people can build their organic vision for the future at the children and teens conferences.

We encourage everyone to attend, regardless of income level. Work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available, as are discounts for groups of five or more and multiple children from the same family.

Learn more at nofasummerconference.org.

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