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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. Check back soon to see our schedule of Summer CRAFT Workshops.

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. Registration is not required for CRAFT Workshops.

Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm

Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm

Irrigation and Water Systems
Sunday, May 8, 3 – 5 p.m.
Postponed from Sunday, May 1
Wishing Stone Farm
25 Shaw Road, Little Compton, RI

This free CRAFT Workshop is co-sponsored by the Young Farmer Network (YFN) as the final class in their Farmer Short Course series.

Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH will demonstrate setting up a small farm irrigation system using a variety of irrigation components. He will discuss systems using commercial wells, surface water and movable pumps. Trevor will demonstrate drip and overhead irrigation as well as a hybrid overhead options connected to drip line headers. He will also teach attendees “how to do the math” for their own farms. Bring questions!

Trevor Hardy demonstrating a sprinkler head

Trevor Hardy demonstrating a sprinkler head pattern

Brookdale Fruit Farm is a multi-generational family-owned farm with 400 acres of tree fruit and vegetables in Hollis, NH. The farm grows USDA certified organic crops on twelve acres and in four of its greenhouses. Trevor has 20 years experience running a farm irrigation supply business at Brookdale Fruit Farm.

Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton, RI is a 50-acre GAP certified farm growing numerous USDA certified organic crops. The farm is run by Skip Paul, Liz Peckham and their son Silas Peckham-Paul. Skip was instrumental in forming NOFA/RI and is a frequent farm educator.

This workshop will be co-hosted with the Young Farmer Network (YFN) of Southeastern New England’s Farmer Short Course series. See the 2016 YFN event schedule at youngfarmernetwork.org/events.

RI State House

RI State House

Rhode Island Agricultural Day
May 10
Rhode Island State House
Providence, RI

Celebrate Rhode Island farms and farmers at Rhode Island’s Agricultural Day on Tuesday, May 10 starting at 11:30 a.m. Sample great food, see local products and meet the hard working farmers, producers and other people behind Rhode Island’s food system and green industry.

Attendees can also meet representatives from the organizations and agencies that support agriculture and food production across our state.

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