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2018 Winter Conference

Summer On the Farm with NOFA/RI Events

  A note about our On-Farm Worskhops.  

Registration enouraged but not required. Last minute attendees welcome. Please dress for the weather and check this site for updates. Photographs may be taken at this event for NOFA RI and appear on our webpage. Sponsored by RI DEM via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Operatering an Organic Orchard: On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, July 28.  Noon – 2 pm
Elwood Orchard, 58 Snake Hill Road.  North Scituate, RI 02857
Registration open soon.

Interested in starting a home or commercial orchard? Al and Jean Fuoroli, the owners of Elwood Orchard will 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. The orchard is home to over 1,000 fruit trees, including apples, peaches, nectarines and Asian pears.

Reducing Food WasteOn-Farm Workshop
Sat, August 3, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Register on-line here.
Big Train Farm
1012 Snake Hill Road, Glocester, RI 02857

This workshop will provide details on how growers can take advantage of Hope’s Harvest services, including what we manage and provide (insurance, equipment, volunteer supervision) and an overview of how farmers can receive stipends for participation. The workshop will also include an open discussion about long-term planning for utilizing b-grade products to serve low-income and institutional markets locally and regionally.
The event will take place at Big Train Farm in Glocester, Rhode Island.

Growing to End Food InsecuritiesOn-Farm Workshop
Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Register on-line here.
Franklin Farm
142 Abbott Run Valley Rd, Cumberland, RI 02864

In 2005 historic Franklin Farms joined the network for the RI Community Food Bank.  Since then, they have become the largest community garden producer of farm fresh, locally and naturally grown vegetables for the food bank.

Franklin Farms has a lot to share: starting with growing and donating over 300,000 pounds of harvest in the last ten years, to their Allotment Garden Program, where individuals grow their own organic vegetables, to their Colonial Gardens, to educational programs, and the historic farm house itself.

Both beginning and experienced grower can benefit from seeing first-hand farm the successful strategies used from planting to irrigation to production yields and harvest.

AUGUST 10-11 , 2019

Soil Health: On-Farm Workshop
September: TBD
Earth Care Farm
89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI 02813. Registration open soon.

Winter Growing: On-Farm Workshop
December: TBD
Roots Farm, 217 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878

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March 1, 2020

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

NOFA 2019 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals and environmental educators offers a well-rounded curriculum which will cover organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance.

With this course, you will be able to implement organic practices in your work projects and will open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers and consumers who understand the benefits of an organically-managed property. At the end of this course, you will earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which organically–inclined customers in the Northeast have come to view as the gold standard organic landscapers.

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.

For questions about attending the course, contact the CT NOFA office: 203-308-2584 or email Jeremy Pelletier at jeremy@ctnofa.org

See more related 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 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

See an international list of horticultural conferences at hortcalendar.com